Residency Overview

An Suileachan Residency 2018

The residency has been set up to provide time and space to research, explore and create in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty that has a strong linguistic and cultural heritage. Based on the Bhaltos peninsula, on the Isle of Lewis it is hosted by the Bhaltos Community Trust. It offers private accommodation, studio space and a boat trip as well as the opportunity to engage with the language, culture and heritage of the area.  The residency also offers the opportunity to discover the rich flora and fauna of the area including the pristine marine environment.

The residency period is for 2 weeks from 1st September – 15th September 2018.

The residency is in partnership with the Bhaltos Community Trust and An Lanntair and is part of the An Sùileachan Project.  The An Sùileachan Project was established to;

Remember the 19th century Lewis Land Clearances

Commemorate the 20th century land raids by the Reef Raiders

Celebrate the Scottish Land Reforms and the creation of the Bhaltos Community Trust.

The Scottish artists Marian Leven and Will Maclean were commissioned to design a suitable monument based on their understanding of the local culture and history of the land raids in the Western Isles. The resulting memorial cairn was the recipient of the Saltire Public Art Award. The idea behind the residency and funds towards it were given by the artists.

The residency offers exclusive use of accommodation on the Bhaltos peninsula; Studio Space in the Old Fire station, a large light space with sinks and toilet facilities; A boat trip around the peninsula and offshore islands with ‘Seatrek’ (date to be confirmed based on weather conditions).; and the opportunity for an exhibition with An Lanntair at a date to be negotiated between An Lanntair and the artist.

*The residency does not cover living expenses or cost of travel to and from the island.

The residency is open to emerging, mid-career and established artists, photographers, filmmaker’s, writers, musicians, dancers, choreographers and craft makers.

Application requirements:

  1. Up to 500 word statement outlining the line of interest they wish to explore and suggestions for involving the community.
  1. 6 images or sound or video files of previous work JPEG or PDF Images, preferably no more than 1080 pixels along the longest side. (In addition this can include catalogues, CDs, or a link to Vimeo/ YouTube) Video formats accepted include: .avi/.wmv/ .mov/ .mpeg/ .mpeg2/ .mpeg4).  Images must be captioned: Number, Medium, Title, and Year. Caption numbers must correspond with captions on application form.  Writers should send links to reviews of previous work and a sample of recent work.
  1. An artist statement (Up to 250 words) and CV.

The successful applicant will be asked to give a performance/ artist talk or to leave a piece of artwork from the residency for the local community. To be arranged between the residency organisers and the successful applicant.

Application Deadline : August 18th 5pm


Please send applications to Jon Macleod, An Lanntair, Kenneth St, Stornoway, HS1 2DS.



Information about Muir is Tir Artist residency – 6th- 16th Aug.  Deadline for applications now extended to 15 July. 

The An Lanntair residency programme started in 2014. Since then we have provided residency opportunities for 12 artists and musicians in collaboration with the RSA, Stornoway Port Authority, Sail Britain, Bhaltos Community Trust and Edinburgh College of Art.

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 is loosely inspired by the George Macleod book of the same name.

Muir is Tìr is a new format of residency that uses the land and seascapes of the Outer Hebrides as venue and research arena, offering a week at sea exploring the ocean and coastal anchorages of the archipelago and a week on land following mountain trails and discovering the differing environments of the islands. Muir is Tìr also offers a window into the language and culture of the islands through an involved and participatory approach.

We intend to build further residency opportunities into other aspects of our Visual and Performing arts programme and through the Arora project and to provide more opportunities for local artists to participate in residencies through our Mentoring 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 BoydJessica DanzPaul Furneaux (FRSA)Maud Hewlings, Sean Fraser, Joanne Kaar, Claire Macleod, Kirsty Dixon, Mollie Goldstrom, Will Arnold, Verity Standen, Amy-Leigh Bird.

The following island businesses have supported the residency programme:

The Otter BunkhouseSeatrek

Find our further details about the Muir is Tìr – Land and Sea residency here.


Muir is Tìr/Land and Sea Exhibition at Edinburgh Art Festival
1st – 8th August 
An exhibition showcasing work by artists selected for the residency last summer will be taking place at Edinburgh College of Art as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. The exhibition will include work by Kirsty Dixon, Mollie Goldstrom and William Arnold.

Find out more by visiting the Edinburgh Art Festival Website. 

Find out more about the An Lanntair residency programme:

To find out more about our residency programme, please contact Special Projects curator Jon MacLeod at