An Lanntair

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Name of Residency: Island Going

The 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 and habitats of the islands.

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 the challenges that the people and the ecosystems of the Outer Hebrides and other island Nations face in the Anthropocene – such as climate change, economic sustainability and cultural and linguistic identity.

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. With the ‘Island Going Residency’ this is embodied in the George Macleod book ‘Muir is Tir/Land and Sea’ – on which the residency is loosely based.

We are able to draw on a deep knowledge of the local maritime environments 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.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation: An Lanntair is a purpose built arts centre based in Stornoway comprising dedicated curated exhibiting spaces, a 250 seat auditorium, cafe,education room, bar and shop. We have a vibrant music and performing arts programme as well as running a full education and outreach remit which aims to engage with all sectors of the community by running classes and workshops and addressing healthcare and community needs. The arts centre has a particular focus on the Gaelic language and the strong cultural traditions of the Outer Hebrides.
Organisation founded in: 1985
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Scots Gaelic
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Other
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
If yes, please specify: We offer a range of fully supported residencies as well as offering facilitation and assistance to help design residencies relevant to a particular project or line of research
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Stornoway
    Nearest Train Station: Inverness
    How to reach by plane: Stornoway airport has direct flights to Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow
    How to reach by train: The nearest train station is Inverness where a bus to Ullapool is available connecting with the ferry to Stornoway
    How to reach by car: Drive to Ullapool and take the ferry to StornowayThe residency is 32 miles from Stornoway. There is also a regular bus service between Uig and Stornoway.
    How to reach by boat: From Ullapool or Uig (Skye)
    Street & Number: Kenneth Street
    Postal Code: HS1 2DS
    City: Stornoway
    Country long: United-Kingdom
    Kenneth Street
    Stornoway HS1 2DS Scotland United-Kingdom
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