An amazing last minute residency opportunity for young artists aged 18-27 has come up!

As part of the Las/Ignite Festival and the Year of Young People 2018, An Lanntair would like to sponsor a young artist to take part in the ‘Muir is Tir’ Sailing Residency between 6th and 16th August 2018 with four other artists from different disciplines from around the world.

‘Muir is Tìr’ is a ten-day programme run by Sail Britain and An Lanntair, exploring the cultural heritage and identity of the Outer Hebrides and the extraordinary beauty of the island landscape from land and sea. Muir is Tìr uses the land and seascapes of the Outer Hebrides as a venue and research arena, offering a window into the language and culture of the islands through an involved and participatory approach.

Half the residency will be spent on a sailing boat exploring the rugged coastline of the Isles, their stories, crafts and traditions. Working closely together while learning to sail will provide a different approach to exploring the coastline and islands, and allow time for reflection, observation and contemplation in a unique environment.

The other half will be spent on land on the island of Berneray, a remote and beautiful place with a fascinating history facing the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will have time to develop ideas and material gathered during the voyage, or undertake further research or creative exploration.

The resident artists’ work from the programme will form an exhibition at An Lanntair in Stornoway, and possibly other locations, dates TBC.

The young artist will also have the opportunity to speak at the Young People’s Creative Industries Symposium on Saturday 20th October during the Las/Ignite Festival at An Lanntair for the Year of Young People 2018.


Part of the residency will be spent living onboard a sailing boat. She is well equipped with comfortable berths, galley and heads (sea toilets) please see the Sail Britain FAQs on the website for further details about life onboard. For the part on land, there will be exclusive use of John’s Bunkhouse on Berneray.

Residency Fee

The residency fee will be covered by An Lanntair for the young artist, as part of An Lanntair’s Year of Young People 2018 programme.  This covers the yacht, crew, all food, fuel and harbour dues onboard the boat, as well as accommodation at the Bunkhouse when on land.


The residency will begin in Lochmaddy on the Isle of North Uist on the evening of the 6th August. Lochmaddy is reached by the ferry from Uig on Skye, which in turn can be reached by coach or coach/ train from Glasgow. It is a long but extremely scenic journey. The residency will finish in Stornoway on the 16th August, which has ferry connections to Ullapool and onward via Inverness.


The residency is open to young artists, photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians and craft makers, etc.  As this opportunity is part of the Year of Young People 2018 programme, applicants must be aged 18-27 years old.

Applicants should provide a statement of 250 words on why this opportunity would benefit their practice and support the growth of their future artistic work and activities.

Please submit applications to:  A panel from An Lanntair will select the successful applicant. The applicants will receive a reply within 3 days of the decision deadline.

Application Deadline

Application deadline is 31st July at midnight.

Get your applications in quick as we have less than a week!