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Updated: Oct 21, 2019

Opportunity for a Writer in Residence & Visual Artist in Residence at Blue Noun


Our space will be your space for up to 3 months

We’ve an opportunity for 2 creatives: 1 Visual Artist in Residence and 1 Writer in Residence.


Mid January - Mid April, 2020 (Pick your days/dates)


The key theme of this opportunity is exchange. It’s for creatives wishing a stimulus to research making work in a different way.


About us

We are a new English Language School based in Crieff, Perthshire.


We would like to offer our premises and support for a collaboration between a writer (poet, story teller, journalist, blogger, novelist) and a visual artist (or collective?).


We won’t have language learners between January and March - so we have a beautiful, comfy premises which can be used for alternative purposes, (including workshops, meetings, installations, residencies, dance, pop up theatre, thesis research…).



Blue Noun English Language School


Once selected, you can pick your times/days of working. A certain degree of physically sharing the space is expected for the collaboration, but you can certainly chose to collaborate via distance too.


If you wish, there are opportunities to exhibit the resulting works within our space and we’ll certainly promote you on our Social Media and website too. (There are other exhibition options in the area - depending on the results and your practice).


We can support you by connecting you to places, people and events in the local area - even taking you places if needed.


We also have access locally to a Digital Media Lab which includes a 3D printer and film/sound editing bay.


At some point we would very much like to work with Quatro Press (a private, letterpress workshop) on a publication/poster/documentation. This could be the opportunity. No obligation.


We’ll mentor the project in a friendly way. Ruth has curated exhibitions internationally - and for The Changing Room, Stirling and Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness in the UK. She's also taken a few artist residencies herself, and taught art at MFA level.


This is not a well-funded opportunity. We are a start up business with big ideas - a beautiful space and a paltry budget - we can offer only £200 per creative towards travel (or materials). However, we can offer our space, time, mentoring (if wished) and support as the project develops.


This opportunity would suit an international academic looking for professional development (with university funding ).


For UK artists and writers, there's the possibility of sourcing your own project funding as a grant. We'll help with that application!


(NB: One example could be Open Project Funding through Creative Scotland (apply a minimum of 8 weeks before the project begins).



How to apply

Apply by telling us about your work in whatever way suits your work (online links, images (small files please). Please enclose a professional CV and Biography and a short document that tells us how you would begin this residency and what you would like to achieve.


Deadline November 28th


We have full disabled access for our building if required.


Accommodation is NOT included in this opportunity, but we know some fabulous people who can help... see accommodation.


Contact us for more information

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