Open Call for Artists // Crofters’ Memorial

ATLAS Arts, working in collaboration with Staffin Community Trust (Urras An Taobh Sear), invites applications from artists interested in researching and developing a contemporary memorial to acknowledge the crofters’ troubles in Staffin, Isle of Skye, in the 1880s. We are seeking artists who will demonstrate imagination and sensitivity in challenging perceptions of what a contemporary memorial to a historical event can be.

The proposals will form a series of pilot commissions that contribute to an awareness and understanding in the local community of the potential positive impacts and benefits that a commissioned public artwork/contemporary memorial can have. This is a unique opportunity for artists – local, national and international, to engage in social practice and develop ideas for a context-specific artwork.

In 2016 ATLAS and Staffin Community Trust embarked on research trips and meetings with creative practitioners, including visits to; Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor, and Cologne Sculpture Park in Germany,  Jupiter Artland, Collective Gallery, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta, James Turrell’s Skyspace. More information can be found here.

Image: Cropped section of OS map, Sheet 90 – Rudha Hunish, 1884. Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.