Creative Residencies in Northern Scotland

Space for artists to . . .

  • Live and collaborate with other artists
  • Be inspired by diverse artistic practices & disciplines
  • Refresh and nourish your creativity
  • Stay in a new environment with time in nature

Residencies at Invererne are a space where we bring artists from different disciplines together to explore the connections that can be made within such a diverse group. Over the week artists are invited to playfully explore how their different individual artistic practices might engage with one another; whether that be through workshops that share skills & practices, unstructured creative time, conversations on a walk or while cooking dinner.

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We have five residency ingredients  – creativity, collaboration, exchanging practice, sharing food, and nature.

We have developed each ‘ingredient’ and how they come together in a way that we hope balances the varying needs of participants. However, the timetable we offer is not rigid and can be changed; we provide it because we have found that starting with a clear frame leads to a more creative and enjoyable residency.

We hold one week-long residency a year with a group of ten artists. The residency fee includes return transport to Invererne from Edinburgh, all meals and accommodation for the week. Participants take part in the running of the week, including taking care of the space and helping to cook one dinner. Most bedrooms are large twin bedrooms so participants will share a bedroom with one other person, you can read more about the house here.

Below you can read more about the ‘core ingredients’ for our residencies and an outline of a typical day at Invererne. For an idea of what previous residencies have looked like have a look at our gallery or instagram pages, or read some participant responses.

Unfortunately, we are no longer holding residencies at Invererne. We are hopeful that at some point in the future we will be able to reopen residencies, either at Invererne or elsewhere. If you would like to be kept in the loop about this – do please join our mailing list.

An average day…
  • Morning movement / stretch session (for the early risers)
  • Short Task – eg: fetching wood, making breakfast, tidying work spaces
  • Breakfast
  • Artist lead workshops – sharing skills & an insight into their practice
  • Lunch
  • More workshops or unstructured creative time
  • On some days we will go on an excursion to the woods, mountains or the sea
  • Supper
  • Evening – free time, there’s a piano for music making or you can just rest by the fire-side

Residency Core Ingredients

1. Creativity –

We offer a space for you to re-energise your creativity, and to be inspired by being in contact with different artists’ practices and disciplines. Instead of coming with a pre-existing idea or project, this residency is more like a laboratory space to try ideas out without pressure to produce a final product. Finding yourself more playful and more in contact with your core creativity at the end of the week is a great outcome for us!

2. Exchanging skills & practice –

A lot of creative cross-pollination happens informally through the week, but we also ask each artist to offer the group an insight into their practice or share a particular skill. You may not think you have a skill to share or you may be an experienced teacher in your field; whichever you are we invite all participants to offer a session (up to an hour) where they lead others in a workshop or skill-share exploring their practice. In the past sessions have varied from singing to silliness, parkour to poetry. In this way everyone is a teacher and a student, a leader and a follower.

3. Collaboration  –

We believe passionately in the power of bringing people together from different disciplines and backgrounds to live and work as a group. We feel this constitutes both a political and spiritual act. Don’t worry, we’re not a cult, there’s no initiation ceremony and we don’t wear robes. We understand that people need time away from groups too, within the structure each person can find what suits their needs.

As a group we will take care of the space together. In practice this means everyone has a short task each day which we do in the morning; taking up to 20 minutes while breakfast is being prepared. As well as enabling us to keep the costs low, we feel that this adds to a culture of collective care and some great ideas have come while laying a fire!

4. Food –

A vital part of the week is sharing food – both the enjoyment of it and its creation. The practical side: you are expected to cook dinner once during the week alongside a cooking buddy. You will be provided with ingredients, a recipe and help (or you can go freestyle and cook a favourite dish). Breakfast is prepared as a group, and the facilitators will provide lunch throughout the week. This means that for the majority of the week your meals are cooked for you. We eat together and mealtimes are a much-loved part of the week.

5. Nature –

There will be at least two excursions away from the house to explore the surrounding countryside, at least one will be to the sea and another to a forest. There are bikes available to use, and the walled garden, orchard, surrounding fields and banks of the River Findhorn are yours to roam at any time. We believe that this connection to nature (we are nature!) is an important part of the week, especially for city-based artists. We have also found that having a brief period of silence (from after supper on Tuesday to end of breakfast Wednesday) further encouraged this connection and it can be undertaken if participants wish. If you are green fingered you are invited to help in the vegetable garden, we will be eating the fruits of previous participants efforts.