Since launching back in January 2021, The Scots Curator has been showcasing a variety of historical, cultural and artistic projects from across the country.
Now it’s time for us to take the next step with the announcement of our first ever in-house creative project. Today we can finally reveal that The Scots Curator will be publishing an illustrated Atlas of Scotland, due out in November 2021.
The Atlas of Scotland uses hand-drawn maps and illustrations to tell Scotland’s story. It explores in detail how Scotland was made, its history and culture, as well as its long standing as one of the ancient kingdoms of Europe.
In addition to mapping the land as a whole, the Atlas also explores the individual local histories of each of Scotland’s 7 cities, plus 12 of its historic towns.
Finally, this Atlas then takes you far beyond Scotland, looking at some of the fascinating ways Scotland has connected with the outside world throughout history – from the old European trade routes of Scottish merchants, to the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, and so much more.
Illustrations for the Atlas of Scotland include:
• 37 maps
• 80 mountains
• 7 cities
• 12 historic towns
• 5 international journeys
Hear more about the Atlas of Scotland in this recent interview with the Saltire Society:
Praise for the Atlas of Scotland
‘A stunningly beautiful hand-drawn Atlas full of surprises, putting Scotland on display like never before. Andrew has produced an extraordinary vision of the country with great care, creativity and imagination.’
– Nicola Sturgeon
‘Scotland needs things of beauty, craft and uniqueness – retelling and remaking our sense of ourselves, who we are and what we have done, so that we can better understand our myriad stories, histories and identities. The Atlas of Scotland does this splendidly and with great skill and audacity, taking us on a magical tour the length and breadth of the nation – geographically, historically and in our imagination.’
– Gerry Hassan
‘Andrew’s beautiful new Atlas is almost a redefinition of cartography. It reminds the reader not only about what lies around him or her in this wonderful country, but goes much further by inspirationally re-telling so many great stories of place and people.’
– Michael Russell
‘A delightful book from beginning to end … Andrew combines a sensitive artistic talent with a deep love and knowledge of Scotland which helps us see our country from a unique perspective.’
– Billy Kay
‘This Atlas is earthed in the terrain of Scotland’s land and sea, but also brings into light surprising episodes, characters, strange moments in history and un-expected angles of geography. It is a tapestry that draws a wealth of information up from deep time and extends its vision over a whole, complex, open theatre.’
– Alan Riach