Opportunity: Lead Artist/Sculptor for FANK project

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Comar is a multidisciplinary arts centre and commissioning agency on the Isle of Mull. We are looking to appoint a sculptor to produce an artwork that will be integrated and permanently installed at the site of a large dry-stone enclosure deep in Lettermore Forest.

Initiated by artist Emma Herman-Smith, the project FANK will see the restoration and repurposing of a derelict sheefold (or ‘fank’ in Scots dialect) on the Isle of Mull. Work is already underway to rebuild the structure. Once complete the site will link the island’s landscape and social heritage to its cultural present.

The successful artist should have experience of working on public art projects of a similar scale. Ideally they should also have experience of working with schools and community groups.

FANK is supported by Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic Scotland.


Scattered across Mull are the remains of crofting settlements that speak of the island’s history prior to the clearances, a time that saw the population reduce to a third. The remnants of the fank one can see strewn in Lettermore Forest exemplifies the large-scale sheep farming that replaced these communities. Yet that time, too, has passed.

The Forestry Commission land on which the project will take place is currently being harvested, further altering the familiar landscape of the past 50 years.

FANK acknowledges the culture of changing land use whilst providing a venue in which to encourage social engagement and to celebrate Scotland’s natural heritage.


• To produce an artwork to be permanently installed at the site of the project, Lettermore Forest, Isle of Mull.
• To design and deliver a series of practical workshops with young people from schools on Mull.
• To work collaboratively with Comar’s Exhibitions Team on the preparation and delivery of a programme of events.

To learn more about the opportunity, including how to apply, please visit the Artist Opportunity page on Comar’s website here.

Image: Comar


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In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

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Changing their own behaviour;
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