Open call: Burnieshed residency

A funded pilot residency for artists with a focus on ecology in Perthshire, Scotland.

Burnieshed residency is a project in the making located in the heart of Bamff Wildland, a family-run rewilding project in North East Perthshire. Twenty years since beavers began unravelling and reimagining its waterways, the farmland has been turned over to nature. This ecologically rich location attracts tourists, beaver enthusiasts, birders and researchers monitoring the effects of the Wildland.

The project is at its early stages of development and will include a series of pilot residencies in spring/summer 2024, alongside public events.

The residency will offer artists the opportunity to live, work and explore in this unique location, where many species are entangled, to create new perspectives through artistic play and critical thought in a time of multiple crises. We want to help generate conversation and action that is hopeful, joyous, radical and funny.

What it offers:
  • A fee of £1200 for a 10 day period.
  • Accommodation at the Burnieshed cabin.
  • Studio space in the Bamff Old Garage, a large, bright 1920s garage. (Please be advised that the cabin is not a studio and artists who require to use paint and other similar materials inside during their stay are advised to make use of this option.)
  • Access to a shared facility with internet connection.
  • Transport covered within the UK up to £200 supporting only slow land travel.
  • The precise dates of each three month residency will be negotiated with successful artists but the initial dates are May, June and July 2024.
Who the opportunity is for:
  • Individual UK based practitioners from contemporary art with a focus on ecology.
  • We are open to any practice but with a particular interest in moving image, photography, performance, installation and artists’ writing.
  • There are no limitations regarding age background or experience, but previous residency experience is desired.
  • The residents will be chosen based on the strength of their applications and alignment with the residency aims.
  • We strongly encourage applications from people who are LGBTQIA+, BPOC, living with disabilities, and/or from working class or low socio-economic backgrounds.
Expectations from the artist:
  • To present their work either in the form of a talk or a piece of writing (or other creative response), to be shared online.
  • To participate in the development of the residency through providing detailed feedback during and at the end of their time, so that we can evaluate and improve.

The cabin is a 10 minute walk from a small private road – whilst it is possible to bring in supplies with an offroad vehicle, you will have to walk back and forth by foot. There is no running water, internet or electricity at the cabin. Light is provided with solar panels, water from bottles and heat from a wood burning stove.

The cabin is accessed via a flight of stairs. We realise this makes the pilot version of the residency unsuitable for artists who use wheelchairs or find stairs difficult to manage at this time.

The Old Garage studio space is currently not insulated, however there is a wood burning stove.

How to apply:

Fill in the Burnieshed Pilot Residency Application Form answering the following questions:

  • Please provide an artist statement.
  • How does your work relate to ecology?
  • How would you benefit from being on this site-specific residency at this time in your practice?
  • What do you propose to do during your residency?
  • Provide a CV.
  • Provide samples of your recent work in PDF format (3-5 pages, this can take the form of images, video, writing, sound, with a written description of each project).

Complete the Burnieshed Pilot Residency – Equality Diversity and Inclusion form.

This will be kept separate from the application and remain anonymous.

To discuss alternative forms of application such as audio or video, or if you have any questions about the opportunity, please get in touch

The artists will be chosen by a selection panel composed of two external people from the creative industry and the two artists and organisers running the pilot project.

Deadline: 23:59GMT 16 February 2024

(Top image ID: Small cottage in the middle of Bamff Wildland landscape. [supplied])

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