Coastal Cultures - Islands is an innovative placemaking and community engagement programme set within the collaborative framework of CHARTS.
Coastal Cultures, Islands has commissioned three artist-led residencies funded by Creative Scotland to work with members and communities:
On Tiree, filmmaker Jack Lockhart and a small team of collaborators are developing the project Between the Tides with Screen Argyll. The project provides a range of creative opportunities for the local community to engage with tidal themes and work alongside Jack as he makes a time-lapse film exploring Tiree’s tides.
On the Mull Archipelago, Alice Stillman and Rhona Dougall are developing Feàrna / Alder, with Alasdair Whyte supporting in phase one of the project. Feàrna explores human connections and relations using trees through counter-mapping and conversation. Symbolic in Gaelic culture, trees, with their long life span, "remind us of a past and link us with the future."
On Luing (and neighbouring Slate islands), writer and director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics Norman Bissell leads Expressing an Island. Norman, along with Luing-based artist Lottie May and others, will deliver a series of monthly workshops in creative writing, arts, crafts and geology with the aim of producing a legacy of continuing creative networks and outputs for print and exhibition.
Coastal Cultures is artist-led and responds to the uniqueness of their locations, building networks, participation and audiences. Throughout each project, the artists have engaged communities in socially inclusive, imaginative and meaningful ways, including sharing their work through curated exhibitions and knowledge exchange events, both live and digital.
These three projects are being delivered by artists and collectives embedded in their communities, and since the projects began in July 2023, over 300 people have engaged with the projects. Cross-cutting themes of place, young people and Gaelic run through these projects.
In addition to the 3 Residency projects, an additional 13 artists who came through the application process or are emerging or engaging with the residency activities are being supported by Coastal Cultures – Islands Engagement Manager Deirdre MacKenna to develop their socially engaged practice and proposals.
Coastal Cultures, Islands, builds on support from the Scottish Government to develop cultural opportunities across the region’s islands via the recently established project, Ràmh.
Coastal Cultures, Islands, aligns with the Culture Strategy for Scotland and the ambition within it to Transform Through Culture and supports artists and organisations exploring socially engaged work, creating capacity and ambition.
Coastal Cultures, Islands, builds on our support programme Ràmh, supported by the Scottish Government, and project outcomes aim to inform the extension of hits models, improving outcomes for island communities and demonstrating the potential for the arts to improve economic recovery and community well-being in isolated regions.
If you want to learn more, please get in touch with Coastal Cultures, Islands project manager Mary Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deirdre MacKenna, Engagement Manager at email@example.com.
Coastal Cultures - Islands is funded by Creative Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Coastal Cultures, Islands, supports the aims of the Argyll and Bute Economic Strategy, the National Plan for Scotland’s Islands and the Scottish Government's Gaelic Language Plan.