Chance for two artists to take up residence on St Kilda

St. Kilda.'Isla J. Robertson.'National Trust for Scotland.

St. Kilda.'Isla J. Robertson.'National Trust for Scotland.

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This summer, two artists will be given the chance to take up ‘residence’ on the remotest archipelago in the UK.

With its dramatic vistas, stark beauty and splendid isolation, St Kilda is a dream destination for many artists and now the National Trust for Scotland and Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre on North Uist have launched a call for artists to apply for two residency spots –this summer.

Funded by the Year of Natural Scotland, the residencies are open to visual artists from all over the world, working in a variety of mediums.

St Kilda is in the care of conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland – it is the UK’s only mixed World Heritage Site. In recent years, artists it has been visited by artists including Norman Ackroyd RA, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Claire Harkess.

St Kilda Property Manager Susan Bain said: “The beauty, mythology and atmosphere of St Kilda have inspired many artists over the years. We hope that this opportunity attracts artists who can present a fresh take on the wild coastlines, fascinating history and unique heritage of this special place.”

The resulting works will be exhibited at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre as part of their The Fragility of Flight project in 2014.

This programme commenced in 2005 and from 27th April till 27th July Taigh Chearsabhagh will host an exciting exhibition of ornithological/environment-themed contemporary artwork from artists all over the world, including some from the Outer Hebrides. Artists include Claudia Losi, Dalziel + Scullion, Takaya Fuji, Edwyn Collins, Andrea Roe, Steve Dilworth and Deirdre Nelson.

For more information and to apply contact Andy Mackinnon, arts officer, Taigh Chearsabhagh by email at or call 01870 603977.