Self-funded Artist Residencies

The aims of the residency programme are twofold, to assist artists' professional development and to extend the knowledge of and range of art practices visible locally.

Northlight is a gallery with an adjoining bedsit including a sink and cooking facilities.  The learning opportunities at Northlight arise from exhibiting new work; from finishing and critique rather than production.  All artists in residence are expected to mount an exhibition in the gallery.  An exception might be made for artists such as painters, photographers and land artists who want to engage with Orkney as a unique place.  We can offer advice and help with presentation, promotion, marketing and documentation.  During the residency, artists will be able to discuss their work with a community of practising artists.

The costs of a residency

We are offering self-funded residencies - artists will have to pay for their own travel, subsistence and materials plus a charge to cover Northlight Gallery costs (electricity, insurance and council taxes). Northlight Gallery is a non-profit organisation and the charge is calculated as the average cost per week. In 2017 the charge was £100 per week for the gallery and £150 per week to use the bedsit as well as the gallery. These were set a little low and charges will be higher in 2018.

Applications for a residency

Artists should contact Cary Welling and send images (jpegs or pdfs) of their work and a brief statement about what they hope to achieve with their residency.  This would be followed up with a discussion via email about what the applicant would need and what Northlight might provide.  Ideally this process will be informal and cost-free.