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Fair Isle Studio – Self-Funded Creative Residencies

Fair Isle Studio provides development space for artists, makers, designers, writers, musicians, researchers and anyone seeking concentrated time for their creative practice.

Fair Isle has a rich history, culture and wildlife and is much celebrated for its knitwear and music. Many artists, writers, designers and musicians have found inspiration on this tiny island and its tight knit community. We are delighted to offer Fair Isle’s first creative residency space in our traditional Shetland croft house, Lower Leogh.

We encourage residents to use the space for their personal creative benefit. Our light, airy studio is the perfect space to develop new work, whilst our comfortable living space is suited for those looking for time to think and relax. For those who are interested in being out in the landscape, Fair Isle is a paradise for walkers. If the community itself is your area of interest, we are happy to support you with plans for community-focused events or research.

We want the residents of Fair Isle Studio to feel completely at home in the space. Due to the unique dynamic of the island, we encourage our residents to immerse themselves fully in the community and allow themselves plenty of time to experience the details of Fair Isle. We therefore ask our residents to commit to a minimum stay of 2 weeks with a preferred stay of 4 weeks. If a longer stay is required please email us to discuss.


We currently have a full programme of Creative Residencies from February – mid October 2020. However, are still taking applications for October, November and December 2020.

2020 Residency fee: £630 for 2 weeks or £1,260 for 4 weeks.

To apply, send the following information to

  • Name and contact information.
  • Preferred residency dates.
  • Up to 500 words giving information on your creative practice and outlining how you would spend a residency at Fair Isle Studio.
  • Up to 5 examples of your work.
  • Links to your website and/or social media

Full details available online.

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