Plural Futures: Film Commission artist Andrew Black

29 September 2020 – 24 February 2021

ATLAS are working with Skye Climate Action on a Plural Futures community-led film which looks at histories and mythologies of activism, migration, oral history, storytelling, land struggle and colonial wealth on Skye. Beginning with an oral history gathering and series of public events for the first few months, we are working towards the creation of a new community film that listens to these histories and speculates on alternate futures on the island.

Following an open call and shortlisting process with Skye Climate Action’s coordinators Dorothy Jackson and Trish Rogers, artist Andrew Black was chosen to support the making of the film and public research this winter.

Andrew’s experimental videos often look at local ways of being, and queer relationships to place, memory, and the body. Together, we’ll be spending the coming months speaking with a range of storytellers and myth-makers from around Skye and Lochalsh, building a picture of Skye’s past and what we might bring with us to the future.

We’ll be sharing more soon, including the different ways for people to get involved. Meantime, please get in touch if you think you can feed into this research and process. Costs and fees of contributors will be covered by ATLAS where appropriate.

About Skye Climate Action:

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Skye Climate Action formed following the Scottish Government’s ‘Big Climate Conversation’ meeting in Portree in August 2019. It is a community response to the climate crisis, working on practical solutions to reduce Skye’s carbon footprint and prepare for the changes that are happening to our climate. SCA raises climate awareness and networks with individuals and organisations to exchange ideas and find solutions. Its members are working on a range of issues including reducing waste, re-using materials, a water bottle refill scheme, transport, agricultural plastic waste, school environmental policies and Highland Council policy. SCA has sub groups in south Skye and north Skye and the full group meets every two months to report back on activities and plan ahead.

This commission is part of ATLAS Arts’ Plural Futures programme.