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 www.artinscotland.tv, www.writerstories.tv, www.merz.gallery) 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 www.merz.gallery
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 SanquharÂ??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.
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Woodworking tools
- Exhibition space
- Public talk
- Donation of artwork