An Lanntair’s residency programme is designed to give participants an opportunity for creative research and exploration in a rich and dynamic environment, whether that is at sea or exploring the diverse landscapes of the islands.

Island Going Residency 2020 ________________________________________________________________________________

An Lanntair is delighted to announce applications are now open for the 2020 Summer artistic residency ‘Island Going’.

An exciting opportunity, run in partnership with Ocean Guides, the Island Going Residency runs from May 26th to June 6th and offers an 11-day experience – six days at sea and five days on land – exploring the ocean and island environments of the Outer Hebrides, including the St Kilda archipelago.

“In the past the residency has often proved a dynamic research arena for collaborative practice, the nature of the experience proving rewarding for the cross-fertilisation of ideas,” said Jon Macleod, An Lanntair Project Curator.

“Key to our residency programme is an acknowledgment of the rich Gaelic culture of the islands and the role local ‘indigenous’ knowledge plays in the understanding of the past – and how that informs the present,” he continued, adding: “This is embodied in the George Macleod book ‘Muir is Tir/Land and Sea’, on which the residency is loosely based.”

The Island Going residency will see participants sail and live aboard the ‘Ocean Search’, under the expert guidance of skipper and crew Andrew and Meg Rodger, and explore the coastlines and islands of the St Kilda archipelago and the Sound of Harris.

Onboard, there is the opportunity to use the vessel’s scientific kit, including a hydrophone for listening to and recording cetaceans, underwater cameras for observing the seabed to 40m, side-scan sonar to search for underwater features like reefs or wrecks, and a seabed grab sampler.

Following time at sea, the residency then moves to land, staying at ‘John’s Bunkhouse’ on the fascinating island of Berneray, located part way between the Isle of Harris and North Uist.

Here participants will have time to reflect on the ocean-based period, develop ideas from the voyage, and undertake further research and creative exploration with the support of Project Curator Jon Macleod.

The Island Going Residency 2020 is open to International and UK based artists and is multi-disciplinary in its approach – places have been offered to writers, dancers and filmmakers in the past.

The cost per participant will be £1,400. If you are interested in applying, please send a 300 word statement outlining your intent for the residency, along with a 500 word summary of your practice and examples of previous works (Jpeg format, eight max) to

Closing date for applications is February 14th. Successful applicants will be informed by February 21st.

To find out more, please visit, or contact Jon Macleod on

An Lanntair can offer letters of support for selected participants applying for grants for the residency.


In addition to this our residencies come with an ethos of supporting the communities that they are based in, utilising local knowledge, services and expertise as well as providing a window into the language and culture of the islands. We aim to benefit those communities and foster links between them and the wider world, building a greater understanding of island living and feeding into the economy of the place.

We are able to draw on a deep knowledge of the local maritime environment through our island based skippers and crew, allowing for greater access and insight and offering a range of island and ocean opportunities as well as providing introductions to local historians, tradition bearers and guides to bring the human story of the islands into focus.

We aim to provide ‘time out’ from the regular constraints of day to day living and to offer a set of residency experiences that can be research led, production based or exploratory in their nature, supported by our curatorial and technical team as well as creating an opportunity to develop ideas further with our curatorial and programming staff towards exhibiting or performing at An Lanntair.

We are a member of ResArtis residency network and through mostly open call applications we have sought to offer a diverse and dynamic range of residencies for artists, writers, musicians and makers often in conjunction with a community, cultural or linguistic thematic such as the An Sùileachan residency or most recently the ‘Muir is Tìr/Land and Sea’ residency, which was loosely inspired by the George Macleod book of the same name.

We intend to build further residency opportunities into other aspects of our Visual and Performing Arts Programme and through our Cianalas Dementia Project and to provide more opportunities for local artists to participate in residencies through our Artist Support Scheme, forging links with other residency programmes in Senegal, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the Faroes.

The following artists have participated in our residency programme so far:

Alex Boyd, Jessica Danz, Paul Furneaux (FRSA), Maud Hewlings, Sean Fraser, Joanne Kaar, Claire Macleod, Kirsty Dixon, Mollie Goldstrom, Will Arnold, Verity Standen, Amy-Leigh Bird

Find out more:
To find out more about our residency programme, please contact An Lanntair’s Special Projects Curator Jon MacLeod at

Jon Macleod is a practicing artist and curator with a background in designing and taking part in residencies. These include residencies in Finland, Macedonia, Senegal and St.Kilda.

He is a recent recipient of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship with a project based in Newfoundland that explores the role of creativity in re-vitalising island communities.