Ex­plor­ing Ar­ran’s re­la­tion­ship with the sea

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As­pir­ing film­mak­ers, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and those in­ter­ested in com­mu­nity ac­tivism are in­vited to at­tend a film work­shop called Shore, which deals with Ar­ran’s re­la­tion­ship with the sea.

The project, an 18-month, multi-art form ini­tia­tive aims to en­cour­age de­bate about pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing the aquatic world, tak­ing into ac­count the role of Ma­rine Pro­tected Ar­eas (MPAs).

Award win­ning artists Mar­garet Sal­mon and Ed Webb-In­gall will each cre­ate a new film in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ma­rine sci­en­tists and coastal com­mu­ni­ties across Ar­ran and the Wester Ross re­gion. In their con­trast­ing is­land and High­land coastal po­si­tions, th­ese two sites will pro­vide an ideal set­ting for the artists to ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween humans and the seas us­ing their on­shore and off­shore MPAs as a lens for this en­quiry.

The open screen­ing which will take place at the Old Pav­il­ion at Lam­lash, near the tennis courts, on Thurs­day Novem­ber 9 at 6pm, will in­tro­duce the au­di­ence to the new video project be­ing made about Ar­ran and the sea. A num­ber of films about is­land life and the ocean will be shown and will be fol­lowed up by a dis­cus­sion be­tween the artists.

Alice Sharp, di­rec­tor of In­vis­i­ble Dust, which is the com­mis­sion­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, said: ‘We are thrilled that Cre­ative Scot­land has awarded Open Project Fund­ing to Shore. Mar­garet Sal­mon who is known for her el­e­gant and beau­ti­ful film­mak­ing and Ed Webb-In­gall who works with pi­o­neer­ing com­mu­nity film meth­ods will col­lab­o­rate with ma­rine sci­en­tists and lo­cal peo­ple to cre­ate new films. In­vis­i­ble Dust has set up ex­cit­ing new part­ner­ships to tour the artists’ films to 10 venues across Scot­land - spark­ing a na­tional con­ver­sa­tion through art about our re­la­tion­ship with the sea and the role of Ma­rine Pro­tected Ar­eas pre­serv­ing Scot­tish wildlife.’

The event is free and open to any­one and re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

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