Drawing North 

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This opportunity has now been postponed until 2019. 

Led by artist Ellis O’Connor this residency is a unique programme which will explore both the islands of Northern Scotland, and the ocean with which they are intimately connected as part of a sailing voyage. The programme will form a journey from the Orkney Islands to the Outer Hebrides through sketching, painting and varied mixed medium techniques using the unique vantage point as the fuel for creating new work. We will create art around various themes from the varied geology found on the Islands of Orkney to the interesting wildlife whilst building up new ways of capturing landscape and ocean alike. Ellis will offer guidance throughout while the participants are also able to work on their own projects if they wish. No previous painting or sailing experience required, just an enthusiasm to learn and be part of a team! This residency will offer a new perspective on the landscape of these Islands of the North, allowing the artists time to reflect and learn new ways of working whilst learning to sail.

The residency will run from Wednesday 29th August to Wednesday 5th September starting in the Islands of Orkney in the North of Scotland and finishing in Lochmaddy on the Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides. The cost of the residency is £625 for the whole week which covers all food, accommodation and equipment on board, but not expenses onshore.
There are 5 places for this residency.

‘’Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary Landscape Artist based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Ellis has worked in residency programmes including ones in Iceland and Norway whilst exhibiting her work locally and internationally. She has recently returned from an expedition with the Arctic Circle Organisation to the High Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard. Ellis uses the visual language of drawing and painting to challenge assumptions about the natural environment, to reinterpret the grandeur of natural land forms, and to re-present this visual information laden with power. As an artist, conservationist and an outdoor enthusiast, Ellis aims to address the varied landscapes in her work to inspire others to take action for the future and show the significance of the natural earth around us. www.ellisoconnor.com’’

"Sail Britain is an interdisciplinary arts and research project engaging people with the ocean and maritime cultural heritage and identity. The chance to work closely together with others while learning to sail will provide a different approach to exploring coast and islands, and allow time for reflection, observation and contemplation in a unique environment. www.sailbritain.org "


For Open Call
Criteria for application:
- Your need for period of research and development including your reason for applying for the residency.
- Your interest in working within a challenging environment on sea alongside the collaboration with other artists, including a willingness to discuss and share ideas.

Application Process:
- Applicants should submit a project proposal and no more than 10 images (or other supporting documentation such as video, sound etc.) as an emailed PDF with images attached or via zip file shared through Dropbox or WeTransfer.
- Project Proposal no more than 500 words.
- Applications should be sent to Ellis O’Connor at ellisoconnor@hotmail.co.uk and Oliver at oliver@sailbritain.org


- Applications should be sent In by the 30th of June, 5pm.