MERZ Workshop

Name of Residency: MERZ self-funded residency programme

Based on extending the legacy of Kurt Schwitters MERZ is developing ideas of reconstruction and fabrication in a post-industrial setting. The residency building was completed in October 2017 and the program launched in Spring 2018.

Our residencies are for artists, authors and architects who wish to explore an ‘art of regeneration’ in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Sanquhar is a small Scottish town in the beautiful Nith valley, an area revered by Robert Burns and the home of the Covenanters. It was a former coal mining area with lead and gold workings.

Our residency program offers a gallery/performance space and a variety of studio spaces alongside the recently opened Museum of Model Art (MoMA). We offer the option of professional TV documentation of work in progress for circulation on social media, for TV broadcasting and on the artists’ blogs, as well as on our well established sites (eg,, and their related Facebook Pages.

Costs vary between £500.00-1000.00 per month depending on extent of TV, studio/workshop, gallery requirements and staff support.

Further information under ‘About’ and ‘Residencies’ on

Residency Programme since: 2018
Description of Organisation:

MERZ combines workshop, TV production and art gallery with an artist/maker/architect/author residency programme. The residency building is a unique converted stone-built Bothy adjacent to the workshop and gallery, itself Sanquhar??s former lemonade factory. MERZ was established by TV producer and artist David Rushton as a residency/gallery in which artists could have their work documented by Summerhall TV for broadcast and social media, providing a virtual as well as physical audience for work shown. Residencies last up to two months and are available throughout the year in this small town in scenic Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.

Organisation founded in: 2017
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Film-studio
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Working alongside local artist groups and galleries throughgout Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway region
    Application process: Other
    If other, please specify: Applications are considered by our Advisory Panel on the basis on contributing to an artists’ practice and furthering community engagement with contemporary art
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Between £500 and £1000.00 per month
    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
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Film production, editing and distribution costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: Other
    If other, please specify: By an Advisory Panel
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Glasgow
    Nearest Train Station: Sanquhar
    How to reach by plane: Nearest airport: Glasgow
    How to reach by train: From London via Newcastle or Carlisle to Sanquhar or south from Glasgow to Sanquhar
    How to reach by car: On the A76 north from Dumfries or south from Kilmarnock. Off the M74-M6 from Glasgow or from London/south.
    Street & Number: MERZ Queens Road
    Postal Code: DG4 6DH
    City: Sanquhar
    MERZ Queens Road
    Sanquhar DG4 6DH GBR
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