FOCAL – Support for local artists

FOCAL: 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 disciplines welcome. Please state Focal Point in subject header.

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

To apply please send a short proposal, CV and support material (no more than 6 images) 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 UAA.
  • Applications are being considered for exhibitions and or events to take place in our non-gallery spaces, we welcome proposals which consider the cafe, non gallery spaces and sites outside the building. Outwith UHI term time, (July – August) Studio 3 will also be made available.  Please indicate in your proposal where you would like to see your project taking place and give reasons why you think this is an appropriate setting.
  • We are looking for events that enliven the centre, these could be (but not exclusive to) performances, lectures, forums, workshops.
  • The Workshop micro-residency public talk will take place in Taigh Chearsabhagh and will last up to an hour, what format this takes is up to you and can be negotiated with the curatorial team.
    Taigh Chearsabhagh will provide an induction to the print studio and dark room facilities at the beginning of the Workshop micro-residency and will provide appropriate materials to conduct your residency.
  • Funding is awarded to practitioners towards exhibition/event costs.  This will be negotiated between yourself and the curatorial team.
  • Please indicate your preferred date for your project, this is for guidance only, if selected a date will be negotiated between yourself and the curatorial team.
  • The Focal Point applications are reviewed by a rolling panel comprised of representatives from Taigh Chearsabhagh and the local artistic community.