Applications are now open for an 11-day experience of island exploration.
The opportunity is part of a 2020 Summer artistic residency, named Island Going.
The residency comes from An Lanntair, run in partnership with Ocean Guides, and will run from May 26 to June 6.
Those who attend will experience six days at sea and five days on land, exploring the ocean and island environments of the Outer Hebrides.
“In the past the residency has often proved a dynamic research arena for collaborative practice, the nature of the experience proving rewarding for the cross-fertilisation of ideas,” said Jon Macleod, An Lanntair Project Curator.
“Key to our residency programme is an acknowledgment of the rich Gaelic culture of the islands and the role local ‘indigenous’ knowledge plays in the understanding of the past – and how that informs the present,” he continued, adding: “This is embodied in the George Macleod book ‘Muir is Tir/Land and Sea’, on which the residency is loosely based.”
The Island Going residency will see participants sail and live aboard the ‘Ocean Search’, under the expert guidance of skipper and crew, Andrew and Meg Rodger, and explore the coastlines and islands of the St Kilda archipelago and the Sound of Harris.
Onboard, there is the opportunity to use the vessel’s scientific kit, including a hydrophone for listening to and recording cetaceans, underwater cameras for observing the seabed to 40m, side-scan sonar to search for underwater features like reefs or wrecks, and a seabed grab sampler.
Following time at sea, the residency then moves to land, staying at John’s Bunkhouse on the fascinating island of Berneray, located part way between the Isle of Harris and North Uist.
The Island Going Residency 2020 is open to International and UK based artists and is multi-disciplinary in its approach – places have been offered to writers, dancers and filmmakers in the past.
Closing date for applications is February 14. Successful applicants will be informed by February 21.
An Lanntair can offer letters of support for selected participants applying for grants for the residency.