RSA Residencies for Scotland 2013 – Kari Stewart

Since its inception in 2009, RSA Residencies for Scotland has supported a wide range of artists at 26 venues across Scotland. The Royal Scottish Academy has a proud tradition of promoting excellence in contemporary art in Scotland. Led by eminent artists and architects the RSA support the creation, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibitions, artist opportunities and related educational talks and events. Re-establishing themselves as a leading organisation for the visual arts in Scotland, the RSA have successfully garnered a reputation for the strength of their engaging and diverse exhibitions and the fantastic opportunities they offer both established and emerging artists.

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Kari Stewart undertook a 2-week residency at Inshriach Bothy from the 9th – 22nd November 2013 for a period of focussed research, reflection, and production of new work. ‘My intention is live and work in the Bothy, and to produce a finished pencil on paper drawing each day of the residency period. As much of my work deals with constructions of myth and narrative around ideas of place and landscape, I would like to use the minimalist situation of artist+workspace+landscape to reflect upon historical depictions of landscape, and to explore new readings of the built environment as it relates to social and geographical control.’

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‘I will bring all necessary research material and drawing materials to the Bothy, and will begin work upon arrival. From then on, I will begin a new drawing each day. This residency would follow a solo exhibition that I will be having in Armenia in October 2013, and would therefore allow me the time and space to both reflect on that exhibition and to consider and develop the future direction of my practice.’

Blog entry by Kari Stewart:
www.bothyproject.com/kari-stewart

KARI STEWART: RSA Residencies for Scotland, 2013

www.karistewart.co.uk Bothy Log .  Day 1 – Saturday- Arrived at Inshriach Bothy this afternoon. Spent the first hour marvelling at the incredible thoughtfulness and craftsmanship that has gone into its design. Have made myself at home as much as possible before the sun went down around 4.30pm.

 

Day 2 – Sunday

Went on a walk through the woods, photographing lichens and mosses and thinking about how easy it is to see the minutiae outside of the city.  Thinking about the way plants grow, like modular architecture. Built a clumsy fire and waiting for my pot of beans to heat up now.  My alarm went off earlier and it was the sounds of birds and running water.  Having an ale now left by the previous artist presumably, (thank you) & going to attempt a drawing by candlelight.

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Day 3 – Monday

Walked to Aviemore today for supplies.  Saw more pheasants than I’ve ever seen in my life.  Have always wanted to find a pheasant tail feather so kept one eye on the ground.  Worked on drawings & listened to The Archers & The Shipping Forecast on the solar powered radio. Coffee, whisky, fire, Woody Allen, The Complete Prose

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Day 4 – Tuesday

Chopped kindling with axe.  Comical.

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Day 5 – Wednesday 

225g self-raising flour

pinch salt

55g butter

25g sugar

150g milk

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Day 6 – Thursday

“we must stop interpreting the world, stop playing walk-on parts in a script written by power”

-Pierre Huyghe

“montage is a fundamental political notion. An image is never alone, it only exists on a background (ideology) or in relation to those that precede or follow it” -Godard

Vija Celmins

John Whalley

Giorgio Morandi

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Day ??

Second week and feeling very alone.  Made delicious scones in the wood burning oven and getting much better with an axe.  Took sketchbook into sauna today.

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Day ??

The Old Bridge Inn lives up to its reputation and found two pheasant tail feathers on the walk here!  Pub is a welcome relief.  Strange and wonderful to have voices and music around me again.

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The most striking thing about this experience is the absurd daily ritual.  Wake up. make fire. coffee. draw. eat. draw. go to bed w/ torch. read. wake up.  I absorbed this happily for the first few days.  Now I feel like a cartoon set somewhere in the woods.  Elmer Fudd or Daffy Duck.  Looking for different ways to do the same thing. Last night I looked up Rube Goldberg machines.  Found three dead shrews on my walk today.  I think they froze in the night.  Simultaneously feel as though I’ve been here too long and not long enough…

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RSA Residencies for Scotland 2019 – Becky Šik

Becky Šik was one of the 2019 recipients of the RSA Residencies for Scotland award. Becky spent two weeks at Sweeney’s Bothy, the first in August 2019 and the second in July 2022 (postponed due to the pandemic). During her residency, Becky began research for a new experimental moving image work Mercury, which went on to be shown at Collective, Edinburgh as part of their Satellites Programme.

Becky Šik is an artist based in Glasgow whose practice moves between film, sculpture, sound , music and publishing. Recent projects include, Sharing a View, group exhibition, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China; Creative Lab residency with Sarah Forrest, CCA Glasgow; Next Top Model, group show, Govan Project Space; Fiducial Marker, solo exhibition, Project Rooms Glasgow; Human Machine Interface, group show at Hilbertraum Gallery, Berlin; A thought Becomes an Announcement solo exhibition, QPRC, Glasgow. Becky is part of the ongoing collaborative project Made by ME.

RSA Residencies for Scotland is an artist-led scheme which enables visual artists a period of research, development and production at partner venues across Scotland. Launched in 2009, the opportunity is offered on a biennial basis and is open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, who were born in Scotland or who are currently living in Scotland (and have been for at least 3 years consecutively). Previous recipients of the RSA Residencies for Scotland award include Uist Corrigan (2015),  Hannah Imlach (2015), Sylvia Law (2014), Isla MacLeod (2013) and Kari Stewart (2013).

RSA Residencies for Scotland 2024 – Helen McCrorie

We are delighted to announce that Helen McCrorie has been selected as the 2024 recipient of the RSA Residencies for Scotland award.

Helen McCrorie is an artist and filmmaker based in Perthshire. Her work combines observational filming with experimental sound workshops. Helen works with communities engaged in embodied forms of learning to explore how we generate meaning and relate to the environment and each other through social activities. Her films celebrate marginalised stories of care, creativity and community, in the face of institutions and narratives of power and control. Two of Helen’s most recent films We know a better word than happy (2021) and If play is neither inside nor outside, where is it? (2019) have explored the urgency of play, the first focusing on an urban community greenspace after lockdown, and the second on anarchic outdoor play in a former military camp.

On Eigg, Helen will be working on the production of a 16mm film. The experimental film will focus on island life and the women of Eigg, and will build upon previous research gathered through family trips to the island and previous Self-Directed and Creative Practitioner Residencies (2019 & 2022).

RSA Residencies for Scotland is an artist-led scheme which enables visual artists a period of research, development and production at partner venues across Scotland. Launched in 2009, the opportunity is offered on a biennial basis and is open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, who were born in Scotland or who are currently living in Scotland (and have been for at least 3 years consecutively). Previous recipients of the RSA Residencies for Scotland award include Calum Wallis (2022), Bruce Shaw (2019), Becky Šik (2019), Uist Corrigan (2015),  Hannah Imlach (2015), Sylvia Law (2014), Isla MacLeod (2013) and Kari Stewart (2013).

Residencies for Scotland is administered and funded by the Royal Scottish Academy. Helen’s residency is supported by the W. Gordon Smith & Jay Gordonsmith Trust.

 

RSA Residencies for Scotland 2024

We are delighted to be taking part in the 2024 RSA Residencies for Scotland programme. RSA Residencies for Scotland is an artist-led scheme which provides valuable research and residency opportunities for artists. It forges important networks with centres of artistic excellence across Scotland, ranging from traditional residency venues to specialised production facilities.

Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis is on enabling a period of research, development and production, as well as on the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences. Artists can apply for funds of up to £5,000 and are responsible for managing their own residency, in cooperation with the partner venue.

This opportunity is open to artists who were born in Scotland or who are currently living in Scotland (and have been for at least 3 years consecutively).

The aims of the RSA Residencies for Scotland programme are:

  • To enable artists a dedicated period of research, development and production
  • To reinforce links with centres of excellence across Scotland
  • To provide access to technical expertise and assistance to learn new skills and techniques
  • To enable the exchange of ideas and practice

For further details and to apply, please visit the RSA website.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 14 January 2024, 17:00 

Residency dates: to take place in 2024/2025

Launched in 2009, the RSA Residencies for Scotland programme is offered on a biennial basis. Previous recipients who have worked with Bothy Project are: Calum Wallis (2022), Becky Šik (2019); Bruce Shaw (2019); Hannah Imlach (2015); Uist Corrigan (2015); Sylvia Law (2014); Kari Stewart (2013) and Isla MacLeod (2013). And of course in 2011, Bobby Niven and Iain MacLeod successfully applied for a residency with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, during which they built Inshriach Bothy and initiated Bothy Project!

Should you have any questions about the opportunity, please email info@bothyproject.com

The RSA Residencies for Scotland programme is administered and funded by the Royal Scottish Academy and supported by The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust and the W. Gordon Smith & Jay Gordonsmith Trust.

RSA Residencies for Scotland 2022 – Calum Wallis

Calum Wallis is the most recent Royal Scottish Academy, Residencies for Scotland recipient. Calum spent one month at Sweeney’s Bothy on the Isle of Eigg, during the winter of 2022/23.

During his residency, Calum spoke to BBC Radio Scotland on 14 January 2023 for their Out of Doors programme. You can listen back to this conversation on the Scotland Outdoors podcast: The Beauly Elm, The Alyth Genius and the Elie Sauna (Calum’s interview is at 1:05:45). The podcast also features our 2023 Cairngorms Youth Local Action Group resident, Isabel McLeish, who speaks about her project on Beauly’s ancient wych elm tree (Isabel’s interview is at 29:28).

Calum Wallis (b. 1993) grew up in Ross-shire, moving in 2013 to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, where he now lives. His practice asks questions of how humans relate to the natural world, posing them in the form of drawings made in, of and with the landscape. Borrowing, isolating, rescaling and repurposing natural formations, his drawings ponder the roles of memory and expectation in our experience of nature, and the deeper memory held within the earth. His drawing practice increasingly seeks to grow fresh arms, now encompassing kinetic sculpture, performance and printmaking.

Previous residents and recipients of the Royal Scottish Academy’s Residencies for Scotland award include Becky Šik (2019), Bruce Shaw (2019), Hannah Imlach (2015), Uist Corrigan (2015), Sylvia Law (2014), Kari Stewart (2013) and Isla MacLeod (2013).

Calum’s residency was supported by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust.

Image 1 – main page – Tormore Canvas Walk, installed. Photo – Fergus Tibbs.
Image 2: 86 Bricks, 2021, graphite on paper and canvas, WAPS, Dundee. Photo – Ben Douglas.
Image 3: Tormore Canvas Walk. Photo – Fergus Tibbs.

 

 

 

 

Royal Scottish Academy, Residencies for Scotland – 2022 – Deadline has passed

We are delighted to be a taking part in the 2022 RSA Residencies for Scotland programme. It is an artist-led scheme which provides valuable research and residency opportunities for artists. It forges important networks with centres of artistic excellence across Scotland, ranging from traditional residency venues to specialised production facilities.

Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis is on enabling a period of research, development and production, as well as on the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences. Artists can apply for funds of up to £5,000.

Previous recipients who have worked with Bothy Project are: Becky Šik (2019); Bruce Shaw (2019); Hannah Imlach (2015); Uist Corrigan (2015); Sylvia Law (2014);Kari Stewart (2013) and Isla MacLeod (2013). And of course in 2011 Bobby Niven and Iain MacLeod successfully applied for an award with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, and built Inshriach Bothy!

Aims of the residency programme:

  • To enable artists a period of research, development and production
  • To reinforce links with centres of excellence across Scotland
  • To provide access to technical expertise and assistance to learn new skills and techniques.
  • To enable the exchange of ideas and practice

Full application details can be found here

Image: Becky Šik, still from Mercury, 2021, HD video Commissioned by: Collective. Funded by: Creative Scotland, Edinburgh City Council, Baillie Gifford. Supported by: RSA, Bothy Project