AIR, SEA AND SOIL
Group Residency Programme in Orkney / APPLY NOW!

The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s Group Residency programme AIR, SEA AND SOIL takes place in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. The PLACE, PEOPLE AND TIME Group Residency programme is situated in Collemacchia, in the region of Molise, Italy.

The Group Residencies offer up to nine participants a supportive, discursive environment for practice and research, exchange and co-learning.

Each Group Residency is devised by The Museum of Loss and Renewal, often in partnership with an organisation or person of international repute, individually designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and experimentation through production, research, co-learning and presentation.

Group Residencies are based around particular themes. They offer participants a supportive, discursive environment for practice and research, exchange and co-learning through immersive on-site research, individual work and multidisciplinary group collaboration. Residents become part of a multi-skilled, international peer-group.

Providing a partially-structured and hands-on programme, Group Residencies enable residents to develop their skills and knowledge within the framework of the residency’s theme.

Through practice-based thinking and doing the Group Residency programmes help residents develop tools, methods and strategies to enrich their work and (re)consider how best to make it public. They are a focussed support structure that fosters multidisciplinary work and provides focused critical feedback.

The Group Residency programmes make place for collaborative doing and learning, while providing space and time for the knowledge generated to act as a catalyst in residents’ practices. This helps to form and affect the range of disciplinary fields that our residents inhabit and work across.

The Group Residency programmes are also designed to build ideas and develop practices through conviviality. By bringing together diverse groups of people who embody different approaches, The Museum of Loss and Renewal is committed to the belief that a range of backgrounds, life experiences and voices enriches the learning experience and the conversations that take place.

We believe in the power of bringing people together, and that remarkable things happen during a Group Residency in Collemacchia, Italy and in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, contributing to the understanding and identity of these special places, and to the wider world that they inhabit.

Proposals are welcomed from groups and organisations who would like The Museum of Loss and Renewal to devise a tailored residency programme, to focus on specific areas of practice and research. For example, The Museum of Loss and Renewal devised PLACE, PEOPLE AND TIME: DIG and DECLARE!, a week-long in-situ programme, in response to a request from a group of artists, curators and producers from Scotland in 2022.

OPEN CALL / APPLY NOW!

AIR, SEA AND SOIL is The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s Group Residency programme that takes place in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. It is a new partnership with the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness.

Each Group Residency takes place at the Pier Arts Centre’s residency facility Linkshouse, in the historic area of Birsay beside the Atlantic Ocean, and at sites of natural and archaeological importance in Orkney, accessible by foot and minibus.

AIR, SEA AND SOIL: DRAWING WITH PLACE
Sat 24 Aug – Sat 31 Aug 2024
APPLICATION DEADLINE / Mon 15 APRIL 2024

AIR, SEA and SOIL: MICRO-MACRO
Sat 31 Aug – Sat 07 Sept 2024
APPLICATION DEADLINE / Mon 15 APRIL 2024

ACCOMMODATION

Residents will be accommodated at Linkshouse, the Pier Arts Centre’s residency facility that is a bequest from Barbara and Edgar Williamson, whose son artist Erlend Williamson drew inspiration from Orkney’s landscape and environment. Linkshouse is situated on the St Magnus Way pilgrimage route, on the Atlantic Ocean and amidst farmlands.

Linkshouse is fully equipped, and comprises twin and double bedrooms, one of which is partly accessible. Work spaces include ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ spaces.

STUDIOS / WORKSPACES

Both clean and ‘dirty’ work spaces are located in Linkshouse. The property has recently been architect-renovated and work spaces are equipped with multiple tables, chairs, lamps, running water and internet throughout. Ample outdoor space is available in the grounds of the house, and the extensive beach at Birsay Bay whose rock formations are 400 million years old, is a few minutes walk from the house.


The Museum of Loss and Renewal Group Residencies in Orkney, 2023:

DRAWING WITH PLACE 2023

MICRO-MACRO 2023

WRITING INTO PLACE 2023