School of Plural Futures

The School of Plural Futures is a new alternative school exploring climate and social justice led by artist Emmie McLuskey. Co-designed with and for people aged 16-25 who live on Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh, the school programme takes the form of a series of five gatherings exploring alternative futures – to explore and create responses to local and global challenges facing young people including social justice, the climate crisis, and sustaining rural communities.

Funded through Inspiring Scotland’s Creative Communities, the project offers a place for young people to share concerns, to create a new community of people who might not otherwise be able to connect, and to talk about different ways of doing things. 

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Emmie McLuskey is an artist based in Glasgow. She works with other artists to produce collaborative work; this has previously taken the form of publications, events, objects, conversations, writing and exhibitions. Collaboration is central to the work McLuskey produces, starting with a shared question or observation that she explores more deeply through practice, previously this has taken the form of publications, events, objects, conversations and exhibitions. Recent work has centred around interactions in and between bodies, considering the systems that control and record them. McLuskey works across the roles of artist, programmer, writer and educator. She sees these as completely interlinked and inseparable from each other, these multiple expressions, regardless of form, all come from a desire to communicate and process the nuance and complexity of our world alongside others. Emmie’s work privileges the visual, haptic and auditory intelligences as a way of opening up and challenging how we attribute value under capitalism.

Projects in 2019/20 include ’these were the things that made the step familiar’ at Collective, Edinburgh, ‘Hanging Out’ Artist Moving Image Festival co-programmed with Ima-Abasi Okon and Kimberley O’Neill at Tramway Arts with LUX Scotland, Glasgow and ‘Private Lives’ with Sarah Fastré at Sissi Club, Marseille and Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst, Switzerland. In 2019 she published A Strange American Funeral with Freya Field- Donovan and in 2020 she was in residence at ARCUS project, Japan in partnership with Hospitalfield, working on a new piece of moving image work titled Organs. McLuskey regularly writes about other artists’ work, recent commissions include FVU, London, National Galleries of Scotland and Collective, Edinburgh.

For more information about the programme contact heather@atlasarts.org.uk