Residencies and Opportunities

Live Opportunities


ATLAS Arts supports a range of artist residencies and fellowships, some with no fixed outcome, others with specific research questions. All aim to build communities around artistic research and to centre the vital importance for artists to have time, money and space to experiment and be slow.

Tobar an Dualchais Archive Residency

An annual residency supported by a fee and production budget, inviting artists to undertake a period of public research in the Tobar an Dualchais digital archive. Open to visual and sound artists with an interest in oral history, archives and sound, this residency aims to foster meaningful engagement with Gaelic culture and heritage, and to build critical and imaginative responses to the complexities of Scottish history and cultural identity.

Tobar an Dualchais is Scotland’s largest online collection of sound recordings, consisting of up to 50,000 recordings of songs, music, history, poetry, traditions and stories collected from across Scotland from the 1930s onwards.

If you are interested in taking part in future archive residencies, or supporting a residency, get in touch.

Our 2021 Tobar an Dualchais artist in residence is Mairi Gillies.

Màiri is a Gaelic visual artist. In Màiri's arts practice Gàidhlig forms a key part of the aperture through which she experiences the world. Màiri is interested in the overlapping layers through time of peoples, language, material cultures, relationships with the landscape and how these connect and relate to one another. Her creative practice is research-led and informed by these multi-faceted relationships, seeking to create a ‘sense of place’.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones Residencies

This new series of transdisciplinary residencies with the CLIMAVORE team will expand conversations on regenerative aquacultures and the social and ecological space of the intertidal zone.

Supported by an artist fee and production budget, these residencies support artists and researchers to work in their own locales to explore alternative ecologies, pedagogies and economies of the tidal region.

If you are interested in taking part in future CLIMAVORE residencies, or supporting a residency, get in touch.

This years CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones artist/curator in residence is Naoko Mabon

Naoko Mabon (born in Fukuoka, Japan) is a curator based in Oban on the west coast of Scotland. Informed by a lived experience as an immigrant and ethnic minority, in her curatorial practice, Naoko aims to weave relationships among differences with what we see as “disparate others” beyond common ground. In- and outside of the professional practice, Naoko cares about and continues to be something small, fragile and slow.

Ongoing and recent work includes: Eco Creative Cluster, a project focusing on natural dye led by The Rockfield Centre, Oban (2021–ongoing); Torry Ecomuseum Project, a community arts project led by Old Torry Community Centre, Aberdeen (2021–ongoing); Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi), a cross-disciplinary project between Yamaguchi and Scotland (2019–ongoing); Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan, an exhibition as part of the 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil, Pavilhão Japonês, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Leaves Without Routes, an exhibition at a Japanese-style house originally built during the Japanese colonial period in Taipei Botanical Garden, Taipei, Taiwan (2016); Ilana Halperin: Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana), a cross-disciplinary project between Beppu and Aberdeen (2015–17); among others.

This years CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones researcher in residence is Hayley Wolcott

Artist in Residence: Molly Danter

Our 2021 artist, dancer and storyteller in residence Molly Danter is working with ATLAS Arts and SEALL to organise Nowhere Art Club, a new gathering led by Skye’s 14-17 year olds, taking place in Portree from March.

Molly began dancing with SkyeDance whilst at Portree High School. After leaving, she studied dance at London Contemporary Dance School, including a semester at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. After graduating Molly worked with Scottish Dance Theatre first as an apprentice dancer then for a short time as guest dancer. Since then she has worked as a freelance dancer, maker and teacher in the UK and Europe.

As well as dance, Molly also works with text and film and often collaborates with other artists of these and other media. Especially interested in the relationship of self and other, empathy plays a large role in how Molly approaches making, leading and performing work.