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Scottish Wildlife Trust Rahoy Hills Reserve Creative Residency

Creative residency to explore the collaboration between the visual arts and the world of natural history. Access to the reserve and the knowledge of the warden in the most biodiverse of SWTs reserves.

The Rahoy Hills Nature Reserve is a wild and remote area of hills, moorland and wood on the Morvern peninsula on the west coast of Scotland. It is owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Ardtornish and is the most biodiverse of all the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.The reserve is an inspiring place with magnificent hills and wild woodlands.

Or is it a human influenced overgrazed landscape influenced by centuries of increasing industrialisation? The residency will allow artists to experience what’s wonderful about this place and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of people who live and work there.

The residency lasts for six weeks.This time can be broken up into several visits. The area is remote and takes time to get to know.There is no road access to the reserve and artists must be experienced in the outdoors and physically fit. Accommodation and a small workspace are provided at a heavily subsidised rate. The artist will be responsible for their own materials, travel expenses and subsistence and heating and electrical costs. A vehicle is essential as there is no public transport near the reserve.

Work produced during the residency will make links between the natural context of the reserve and people who are or who have been connected with the place. Beyond this, artists are free to create their own work.

The unique landscape and nature of Rahoy Hills Nature Reserve is reflected by that of the people who are connected with it. The warden and other people involved with projects on the reserve have a depth of knowledge that offers great insight into the place. There is also a long history of scientific recording and monitoring that is a resource for use.

The residency aims to benefit the artist, audiences and the nature reserve.
The artist will have a chance to be in an inspiring place informed by a wealth of knowledge that is rarely obtained. The work produced by the artist will spread knowledge of the reserve to a wider audience. The reserve will benefit from the increased awareness of the place and from a proportion of sales generated from the artists work.

Residencies will be approved by a selection panel. The panel will endeavor to choose artists whose work has the potential to bring the reserve to a wider audience and support its work.

For further information, please contact rahoy.residency@gmail.com (Alasdair Firth, Anna Raven), or call 01855841384,

Deadline is Sunday 1 September 2019 at 8pm

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