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Tide Lines

Tide Lines: A Short Film

Invited artists Alix Rothnie and Sarah Calmus will create a moving image work, in collaboration with Taigh Chearsabhagh and UistFilm and local communities responding directly to the waters of North Uist, and the threats to its community of an encroaching tide-line. The project is funded by SNH as part of Plunge In! Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

The low-lying Uists, in the Outer Hebrides, have been identified as one of the most vulnerable communities to the effects of climate change. Sea level rise, storm surges, marine overtopping, inland flooding and coastal erosion are current and imminent threats to this island community.

Alix Rothnie - Coastal Trace 2020
Alix Rothnie – Coastal Trace 2020


Tide-Lines Field Trips

Three outdoor outings and workshops, led by artist/producer Sarah Calmus, engaging in dialogues and responses to the impacts of climate change on North Uist’s local waters and communities, and gathering thoughts on shifting relationships to the sea. In particular, rising tides and coastal erosion – the history, the present times, and the potential futures.

Taking research from the Scape Trust report on Coastal Erosion in 2005 and the CnES report on flood risks to North Uist, we will form 3 key questions on Now, Then and To Come.

Field Trip I – Mark-making with the Tide (Looking) WEDNESDAYS 26 AUGUST & 2 SEPT 6.30 – 8.30pm

A practical mark-making workshop, using materials found at the tide-line.

Field Trip II – Tide-Line Walk and Writing (Feeling)  FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 10.30am – 12.30pm

A slow guided tide-line walk focusing on observation, movement exercises and deep listening, culminating in a group responsive writing workshop.

Field Trip III – Letters for the Future 

SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 10.30 – 11.30am & 12 – 1pm

Playful and informative workshop considering the effects of environmental concerns facing North Uist, culminating in a postcard writing and drawing exercise. Some of these postcards will be sent forward to politicians and polluters to help draw attention to the need for action to protect and preserve the vulnerable low-lying Uists in the Outer Hebrides in the face of climate change.

Workshops are free and will take place outdoors on Baile Sear beach following strict COVID-19 protocols.

Field Trip images Alix Rothnie

Field Trips are now completed and many thanks to all who took part in what were very productive, enjoyable and safe events . Sarah Calmus has now departed but Alix Rothnie remains on Uist to produce the filmwork over the next 4 weeks. The resulting film will be shown in Taigh Chearsabhagh in February – April 2021