The An Lanntair 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.

Our current residency is ‘Island Going’ which is kindly supported by the North Uist Distillery. You can read more about this residency here.

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@lanntair.com

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.