Creative Residencies in Northern Scotland

Space for artists to . . .

  • Develop a creative idea
  • Relax and nourish yourself as an artist
  • Be closer to nature
  • Live and collaborate with other artists
  • Share your skills and learn new ones

Each residency works with artists from different backgrounds; with groups ranging from between 9 – 11 participants. 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 peek at our gallery or instagram pages, or read some participant responses.

We hold one week-long residency a year. The residency fee includes return transport to Invererne from Edinburgh, food and accommodation for the week. Participants will be asked to take part in the running of the week, including taking care of the space and helping to cook one dinner. You can read more about the house; in terms of accommodation it is likely participants will share bedrooms (all rooms have single beds).

You can read more on our future ideas, and to be notified about upcoming residencies please sign up for our mailing list. 

An average day…
  • Morning movement / stretch session (if you’re up early)
  • Short Task – eg: fetching wood, making breakfast, tidying work spaces
  • Breakfast
  • Creation Sessions – each participant will have designated time to work with their proposed project or idea. You may wish to collaborate with other artists or take part and contribute to other’s sessions, too.
  • Lunch
  • Skill-Share Session or time to create/write/walk
  • On some days we will go on an excursion to the woods, mountains or the sea
  • Supper
  • Evening – time to write or plan / a discussion group around a chosen theme / music and story sharing by the fire

Residency Core Ingredients

1. Creativity –

You will be given time to develop a creative idea. For instance, you might respond to the place or a given theme. Alternately, you might come with an existing idea – a creative spark you want to blow life into. We are interested in supporting work in its early stages of hatching, hence the only insistence is that the week be used as a laboratory to try things out and not for rehearsing a formed idea or performance

2. 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 sometimes people need time away from groups too – nothing in the week is compulsory and we intend to offer a structure within which 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!

3. 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.

4. Skill-sharing –

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 participants to offer a session (up to an 90 minutes) where they lead others in a workshop/skill-share. This is a chance to share an aspect of your artistic practice, and opportunities for you to make contact with others. 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.

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. The walled garden, orchard, surrounding fields and bans 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.