ATLAS Arts is inviting applications from artists interested in researching and developing a contemporary memorial to acknowledge the crofters’ troubles in Staffin in the 1880s.
The proposals, being worked up in partnership with Staffin Community Trust (Urras An Taobh Searwill ),form a series of temporary pilot commissions that contribute to an awareness and understanding in the local community of the potential positive impacts and benefits that a commissioned public artwork/contemporary memorial can have.
It is seen as a unique opportunity for artists – local, national and international, to develop ideas for a context-specific artwork.
Atlas Arts say: "We are seeking artists who will demonstrate imagination and sensitivity in challenging perceptions of what a contemporary memorial to a historical event can be."
In 2016 ATLAS and Staffin Community Trust embarked on research trips and meetings with creative practitioners, including visits to; Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor, and Cologne Sculpture Park in Germany, Jupiter Artland, Collective Gallery, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta, James Turrell’s Skyspace. More information can be found here.
Ruth Barker was the first artist to be commissioned, with her memorial conceived as a lament on the Crofters’ Uprising – a spoken word performance performed live in both Skye and in Edinburgh as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Art Festival.