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FOCAL: Support for local artists

An exhibitions, events and micro-residencies programme for practitioners based in the Uists and Barra.

Opportunity #1 Focal Point: A rolling exhibition and events programme centred in the cafe and other non-gallery spaces within Taigh Chearsabhagh. All are disciplines welcome. Please state Focal Point in the subject header.

Opportunity #2 Workshop, Micro-residency & Talk: A four day micro-residency (worth £200 in-kind) using either the print studio or darkroom, including a public talk about your work. Please state Micro-residency in the subject header.

To apply please send a short proposal, your CV and, if appropriate, supporting material (No more than six images please) with the appropriate subject line header to: 
[email protected]

What you need to know

  • This opportunity is for artists living and working in the Uists and Barra and/or members of the Uist Arts Association (UAA).
  • The Focal Point applications are reviewed by a rolling panel made up of representatives from Taigh Chearsabhagh and the local artistic community.
  • We look for outside the box thinking and submissions which would add richness, vitality and variety to Taigh Chearsabhagh’s programmes. These could include (but not be limited to) performances, lectures, forums, workshops.
  • Applications are considered for exhibitions. We also welcome proposals which would make use of Taigh Chearsabhagh’s non gallery spaces and/or sites outside the building. Out with the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI) term time (July – August), Studio 3 can also be made available.  In your proposal, please tell us where you would envisage your project taking place and provide reasons why you think this would be an appropriate setting.
  • Please indicate a preferred date for your project and/or event. This is for guidance only. If selected, a date will be negotiated between the artist and the curatorial team.
  • The Workshop Micro-residency public talk (A condition of receiving funding) would take place in Taigh Chearsabhagh and last up to an hour. What format it would take would be up to the artist and agreed with the curatorial team.
  • Taigh Chearsabhagh provides an induction to the print studio and dark room facilities at the beginning of the Workshop micro-residency, as well as appropriate materials to complete the residency successfully.
  • Funding awarded to practitioners towards exhibition and/or event costs and would be negotiated between the artist and the curatorial team.