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Drawing North – Orkney Sailing Residency

A unique sailing residency led by artist Ellis O’Connor. The residency involves exploring the Orcadian Landscape through sketching, painting & mixed medium techniques within the inspiring landscape.

Each day on the journey we will create art around a different theme regarding the varied geology found on the Islands of Orkney, explore the interesting wildlife whilst building up new ways of capturing the landscape. Ellis will offer guidance while the participants are also able to work on their own projects if they wish: this is not compulsory. No previous painting or sailing experience required, just an enthusiasm to learn and be part of a team! This residency will offer a new perspective on the landscape of these Islands of the North, allowing time to reflect whilst learning to sail!

Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary Landscape Artist based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Ellis has worked in residency programmes including ones in Iceland and Norway whilst exhibiting her work locally and internationally. As an artist, conservationist and an outdoor enthusiast, Ellis aims to address the varied landscapes in her work to inspire others to take action for the future and show the significance of the natural earth around us. 
Sail Britain is an interdisciplinary arts and research project engaging people with the ocean and maritime cultural heritage and identity. The chance to work closely together with others while learning to sail will provide a different approach to exploring coast and islands, and allow time for reflection, observation and contemplation in a unique environment. 

For Open Call
The residency will run from Wednesday 29 August to Wednesday 5 September around the Islands of Orkney in the North of Scotland. The cost of the residency is £625 for the whole week which covers all food, accommodation and equipment on board, but not expenses onshore.
There are 6 places for this residency.

Criteria for application:
Your need for period of research and development including your reason for applying for the residency.
Your interest in working within a challenging environment on sea alongside the collaboration with other artists, including a willingness to discuss and share ideas.

Application Process:
Applicants should submit a project proposal and no more than 10 images (or other supporting documentation such as video, sound etc.) as an emailed PDF with images attached or via zip file shared through Dropbox or WeTransfer.
Project Proposal no more than 500 words.
Applications should be sent to Ellis O’Connor at and Oliver at

For further information, please contact , or call 07590066770, or visit

Deadline is Saturday 30 June 2018 at 5pm

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