MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – Participatory Project


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  • Event Types Arts, Environment, Film, Visual Arts

UistFilm are launching a participatory multi-media art project inviting people from Scottish island communities to create messages in bottles, documenting your concerns about the climate crisis, sea level rise, marine pollution and biodiversity asking questions of polluters and those in power, proposing sustainable future scenarios for mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

An exhibition of the messages, bottles and resulting film will be launched prior to COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, November 2021

  • Find a plastic bottle on a shore near you (only if current covid restrictions allow)
  • Film yourself picking it up saying where you found it. Tell us about your beach and what you love about it
  • Empty & Clean the bottle.
  • Think of who you would like to send a message about the climate crisis & sea level rise –  a politician? a polluter? future generations?
  • Film yourself writing a message to put in the bottle – read the message out
  • Send the message and the bottle (include your name and contact details so we can stay in touch) to:

Message in a Bottle c/o Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5AA

and send videos by wetransfer.com to [email protected]

All contributors will receive a special download of the film, be credited in the film, and get a special invite to the exhibition launch online event.

This project was inspired by a message in a bottle found by curator/filmmaker Andy Mackinnon on Baile Sear beach on North Uist. Andy is currently developing a documentary feature film project about this bottle and the stories of resilient islanders on two continents fighting to adapt to the climate crisis.

Here is a video made by Niels Berthelsen as he placed to message in a bottle in an ice floe off the coast of West Greenland in Baffin Bay 700km north of the Arctic Circle, in 2004. Andy Mackinnon found the bottle on Baile Sear beach 18 months later.