Our latest project, The Admiral's House in Braes, Skye, is now complete and we are looking for registers of interest from the following creative practitioners that may need the time and space to develop a piece of work in an inspiring location:
- Visual Artists
- The Performing Arts
This residency project will appeal to creative people living in Skye alongside those based nationally and internationally. It is an ideal location for retreat, reflection, review and creative renewal.
What the Admiral's House Provides:
The Admiral's House includes the following:
- 3 creative studios in the grounds of the house
- A communal living/kitchen space which is large enough to accomodate talks and gatherings
- 3 bedrooms for visiting creative artists and organisations (1 ensuite)
- Wood burning stove
- Wi-fi and smart TV
The location – and both the house and the small grounds themselves – provoke a sense of quietness and isolation, a feeling of retreat and of contemplation and space.
In the grounds of the main house, there are three studios that can be allocated to visiting artists. Allocations are made in advance of your stay and we take your practice into account before allocating a space to you. For example, the Alan Macdonald studio is more suitable for large 3D or sculptural practices as it has larger access and a concrete floor whereas the Joan Macdonald studio may be better suited to someone that is seeking complete solitude to work on a piece of writing or sound work. All studios have a table, chair and easel for visitors to use.
Admiral Roddy’s Studio
This was the Admirals’ original painting studio. This studio is approximately 307 sq. ft. with a timber coloured interior and flooring, windows across the entirety of the right hand wall, sky lights and strip lighting. There is also shelving and built in timber worktop. This studio would be perfect for a number of creative practices. One of the Admiral’s large writing desks is also in situ in this studio. Inadvertently, we have found that this studio seems to be the best place to pick up a 3G signal! Although directly in front of the house, there are three steps leading to the entrance so visitors with disabilities may require some assistance.
Alan Macdonald Studio
This converted garage space is ideal for sculptural or ceramic practices with concrete floor and wide access doors. Although there is a small window to the left, this large space is bright, with good lighting and whitewashed walls. The washout area including Belfast Sink is attached to the back of the studio. The space is around 266 sq ft with good heating and a timber workbench which can be moved around the space. It can be accessed via the washout area or the larger garage doors, which can also be left open in summer months (hopefully!) This studio sits next to the house and is probably the most accessible workspace on the site.
Lady Joan Macdonald Studio
This beautiful new build studio is a recent addition to the site and boasts incredible views across the Straits of Raasay. A timber structure, the studio is completely white with good interior lighting and large picture window. The space itself is around 161 sq ft and has a desk, chair, easel and some shelves. This studio would lend itself to creative people that are seeking a more quiet and contemplative experience to develop new work.
Aims and Objectives of this project:
The project itself will allow artists the time and space to develop their own practice whilst engaging with the local community and getting the chance to meet other creative people that are using the facility.
Future activities and programming will be developed in partnership with Atlas Arts to support all visual artists. However, bookings will also be welcome from individuals who wish to embrace the solitude.
In all, the dominant and ‘ever present’ landscape provides a strong sense of place animated and supported by the Braes community and the peoples across Skye through deep connections in language, oral and social histories, music, and Gaelic culture.
How to Book:
We are now taking bookings for 2017 and 2018. You can book a room and a studio space for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of one month.
Each individual booking is £1,000 for four weeks or £650 for two weeks. A 10% discount is available for current Wasps tenants. There is also the opportunity for creative groups to rent the whole property.
In order to register your interest, please email our studios administrator Lois Green with the following:
- A statement of intent outlining why you would like to go to the Admiral's House
- A statement about your practice
- 6-8 images of your current work
- an up to date CV
And details of:
- Your preferred month to stay at The Admiral's House
- Your preferred studio space
- How long you would like to stay.
We would like to thank the Admiral's son John Macdonald and Creative Scotland for their support.