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.