Opportunities for Artists

Taigh Chearsabhagh’s artistic programme is curated by the Taigh Chearsabhagh team through artists’ commissions, residencies and touring exhibitions. Commissions and residencies are awarded by invitation or by widely advertised open calls for proposals. Artists are also welcome at any time to propose projects relevant to our curatorial policy for consideration.

Curatorial Policy

Taigh Chearsabhagh curates, commissions and programmes visual arts around the following key themes:

  • Our environment
  • Our Gaelic culture and heritage
  • The other / the unexpected
  • Digital and new technologies
  • Emerging talent

Why do we support work that focuses on our environment?

Taigh Chearsabhagh believes that creating awareness and fostering care of the outstanding natural environment of Uist are key elements in our role as an ambassador for the place. Our prominent use of renewable energy helps to develop a more sustainable Uist. The Fragility of Flight is an ongoing, occasional series of environmentally themed projects and exhibitions conceived to engage visitors and promote environmental awareness.

Why do we support work that focuses our Gaelic culture and heritage?

We believe that our Gaelic culture and heritage are hugely important to the richness of island life. Reflecting that richness and supporting the Gaelic language through our programming is a key ambition and a key aim for future development.

Why do we support work that focuses on ‘the other, the unexpected’?

We believe that audiences appreciate being challenged with engaging experiences which may at first seem ’unexpected’ or daunting or just ‘not art’. Interpretation to engage and make different experiences accessible are key to the success of presenting challenging work.

Why do we support work that focuses on digital and new technologies?

We believe that digital and new technologies are the future. They present an opportunity to develop sustainable island life through breaking down of geographical barriers.

Why do we support work that focused on new and emerging talent?

Taigh Chearsabhagh believes that supporting new and emerging talent in Uist is a key element of our role to develop a thriving local artistic community and creative economy. Our unique position in hosting UHI art courses within the centre, providing a seedbank of new talent, enabling us to offer opportunities to emerging talent.