Between The Tides Launch, 2023, Credit Jack Lockhart (1)

Between The Tides | Jack Lockhart

BETWEEN THE TIDES

On Tiree, filmmaker Jack Lockhart and a small team of collaborators are developing the project Between the Tides with Screen Argyll. Between the Tides explores the coastal landscape, the high water and low water marks, the beach in between, its patterns, rock pools, and more. Between August and December 2023, there has been 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 tidal coastline.

Between the Tides launched with a range of family-focused activities across two days in August. This included beach art, drop-in sessions (including a talk from 2 local coastguard volunteers), animation workshops using beach finds and a film screening.  An exciting development for this project was securing a space at the Hynish Centre, Tiree, which has now become a base for Screen Argyll and a focus for residency events as well as informal drop-ins for anyone wanting to engage with the project

After the initial project launch in August, Jack and collaborators Jim Parkyn and Alasdair Satchel hosted an intensive two days of activities at the end of September under the banner of ‘Totally Tidal’.  Jack worked with Jim, an Aardman animator, to deliver beach art and animation workshops, and Jim brought his ‘Amazing Scene Machine Workshop’ to the Hynish Centre for the weekend.

Mull-based creative and Gaelic speaker Alasdair Satchel (from What We Do In The Winter Podcast) led a guided walk of the coastline, exploring a Gaelic glossary of words for places and things found in tidal areas. As well as sharing and exchanging his knowledge, Alasdair also used microphones to create a sonic podcast for the Between the Tides project, which you can listen to here or listen to Alasdair Satchel's interview on Radio nan Gaidheal about the project and his role in the Totally Tidal Weekend in September: Feasgar an-diugh (29/09/2023) BBC Sounds. (Interview Runs from 26:10 to 37:10)

Further activities are planned, including opportunities for people to explore collections relating to tides in the local heritage centre, An Iodhlann and an end-of-project event and screening of the finished film.

“You are really changing young people’s lives with these activities. They take part in things that not only do they have fun and enjoy but they can have a huge effect on their future; it can influence their pathways in life enormously.” Participant 

“As an older person living on my own it’s really valuable to have these creative opportunities that I can come to on my own and feel part of something.” Participant 

“It means all … the world to have these things brought to your doorstep. It’s one of the things that you need living here, ‘fills up your cup’ as it were.” Participant

Coastal Cultures - Islands is funded by Creative Scotland and supported by The Scottish GovernmentArgyll 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.