Royal Scottish Academy, Residencies for Scotland – Calum Wallis, 2022

Calum Wallis is the most recent Royal Scottish Academy, Residencies for Scotland recipient. By spring 2023 he will have spent four-weeks at Sweeney’ Bothy on the Isle of Eigg.

You can hear Calum on Radio Scotland, speaking from his residency at Sweeney’s Bothy, Eigg on 14 January 2023. Either tune in live to Out of Doors, Saturday 14 January, between 6.30am and 8am (or you can catch up after noon on 14 January on BBC Sounds – he’s on at c. 7.50am)

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.

Callum will spend time at Sweeney’s Bothy on Eigg in the autumn of 2022.

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.


Calum’s residency is supported by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust:




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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!