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Shore: How We See The Sea

© © 'Shore' research picture of Margaret Salmon, photo courtesy of Janet Ullman 2018

Margaret Salmon and Ed Webb-Ingall
Shore: How We See The Sea

Next tour date: Thursday 20th September, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist HS6 5AD. Book tickets here.

Curated and produced by Invisible Dust

“We are delighted to support Shore. The project aligns strongly with our marine science research themes, as well as our work as a learned society. As part of this project, we hope to help develop an ongoing and inclusive, Scotland-wide conversation about the stewardship and health of our oceans”
Dr. Raeanne Miller, Knowledge Exchange and Communications Manager, SAMS

‘Shore’ is an ambitious multi-arts and science project reflecting Scotland’s coastal communities’ responses to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and launched in Brodick on the Isle of Arran in the Screen Machine mobile cinema on Friday 20th July in partnership with COAST (Community of Arran Seabed Trust).

Produced by Invisible Dust, ‘Shore’ aims to spark Scotland-wide conversations about “how we see the sea” and the role of MPAs in preserving or ‘shoring up’ our endangered aquatic worlds.

‘Shore’ will inspire, connect and reflect responses in Scotland’s coastal communities to the Marine Protected Areas two years after their legal designation in 2016.

The Scottish protected areas network has grown considerably since the early 1990s with 185 sites contributing to the Scottish protected areas network in 2016, as demonstrated in the map below. The 31 MPAs will be incorporated into the National Marine Plan and represented in National Marine Plan interactive alongside existing protected areas.

More detail can be found on the individual designation pages.

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Award winning artists Margaret Salmon (recently nominated for a Jarman Award 2018) and Ed Webb-Ingall have each created new films inspired by the work of marine scientists and by coastal communities affected by MPAs including the Isle of Arran and Wester Ross area. In their contrasting Island and Highland coastal positions, both locations provide ideal settings for exploring the relationship between humans and the seas.

Shore: How We See The Sea will tour across Scotland until April 2019, visiting

– Saturday 8 September 2018, Barra, The Screen Machine
– Thursday 20 September 2018, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist
– Saturday 20 October 2018, Gairloch, The Screen Machine
– Tuesday 23 October 2018, Ullapool, The Screen Machine
– October 2018, date TBC, ATLAS Arts, Portree, Skye
– Wednesday 23 January 2019, date TBC, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
– March 2019, date TBC, Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale
– Friday 12 April 2019, date TBC, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Alongside the screenings there will be additional creative and scientific content co-curated with each host venue providing local context; interactive community ceilidhs led by community heritage organisation Local Voices; and opportunities for everyone to contribute to an interconnected project network forming a ‘chain’ conversation across Scotland as all Shore participants and audiences are invited to respond to the ideas, thoughts and learnings of the previous tour location.

Throughout ‘Shore’, voices, texts, impressions and images will be gathered and shared online and across tour partner locations to create an impression of the national picture around the social, economic and environmental implications of MPAs. Exploring the complex perspectives and perceptions, Shore aims to encourage a wider national awareness and open up dialogue around the challenges of caring for our natural resources in Scotland and the UK.

‘Shore’ is funded by Creative Scotland with the additional support of the Wellcome Trust and scientific partners Scottish Natural HeritageScottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), and University of Edinburgh.

The films will be toured in partnership with LUX Scotland and Regional Screen Scotland.

Explore #ShoreScotland to find out more.

Press release | October 2017

Press release | April 2018

Press release | July 2018