A new community-focused collaboration between three of Skye’s cultural organisations is creating four new jobs for the area that will help shape the future of local cultural life.
SEALL is one of 26 national organisations to be part of the Cultural Collective, a £6million nationwide initiative enabling creative practitioners, organisations and communities to come together and create a positive difference towards recovery from Covid-19.
At local level, SEALL will collaborate with ATLAS Arts and Fèisean nan Gàidheal, to work together with individuals, communities, businesses and organisations across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh to develop a range of ways to use culture as a powerful tool for creating strong and healthy communities for the future.
Still in its early stages, the programme will involve six projects, which will be community-led and include the provision of employment opportunities.
SEALL and Atlas arts are looking for three professional creative practitioners (two performing artists and one visual artist) to join Scottish singer-songwriter, composer and essayist Karine Polwart; playwright Lesley Wilson; and Ratagan-based costume designer and performer Hannah Myers, to take the initiative forward.
Marie Lewis, SEALL creative director, said: “The successful applicants will work with communities and learn together with a view to establishing a far-reaching culture collective with social change at its heart.”
“We are now at the stage of calling out for suitable candidates who are happy with an open brief and understand that we are creating new ways of working. The right practitioner must be open and listen to the people they are working with so that it is a true collaboration. They should not have set ideas about objectives or outcomes at this stage. The beauty of the Culture Collective is that we have time for meaningful engagement and development of the project..”
This month Ruari Gordon from Portree took up the post of project producer. He will co-ordinate the local programme. He said: “I’m delighted to be part of the team working on the Culture Collective project here in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. The Culture Collective offers opportunities for communities and groups to work with artists to reimagine and reinvigorate their relationship with arts and culture.
“As SEALL’s co-ordinator for the project, I’ll be working closely with these practitioners and communities to find new ways of working together, with a view to addressing some of the issues communities, artists and arts organisations have been faced with as a result of the pandemic.
“I hope that over the coming months the Culture Collective project will shine a light on how arts organisations can better tailor themselves to meet the needs of the communities they serve, as well as breathing some much-needed life back into the sector.”
The posts, which are fixed term until 30 September 2022, are being advertised in this week’s West Highland Free Press and on Radio Skye.
An application pack is available from HERE.
For further details on the Atlas Arts call-out, visit their website HERE.