Eilean Shona is a wilderness island situated to the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsular and south of the Isle of Skye just off the West Coast of Scotland. With its ancient forests, craggy hillsides, hidden coves, sandy beaches and rich wildlife it is considered by many to be one of the most glorious of all the Hebridean islands.

Owned by Vanessa Branson, a champion of the arts, Eilean Shona’s cultural activities play an important role in the islands identity alongside its focus of enriching its biodiversity. The island is car-free and every effort is made to be plastic-free and carbon neutral. Electricity comes from a hydro-electric power station and water is sourced from the hills.

The island has long been an inspiration for artists and writers and to further build upon this legacy a members-only residency opportunity is being offered in partnership with the Royal Society of Sculptors.

This month long residency on Eilean Shona is for one member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. During the residency the artist will have access to an abundant source of wood from the islands fallen trees and will be encouraged to reflect upon and respond to the natural environment for the full one month period.

Eilean Shona

Eilean Shona

About the residency

Throughout the residency the winning artist will have access to a studio and will be introduced to the area by the island woodsman. The woodsman will also be able to offer guidance and support concerning use of tools such as chainsaws.

Accommodation is a one bedroomed woodman’s cottage for the one month period, the accommodation will be for the artist alone and guests will not be permitted.

The opportunity also includes an artist talk, the chance to contribute to the island’s permanent art collection and to contribute to the Eilean Shona blog. The artist will also be encouraged to document their progress for an Instagram takeover of the Royal Society of Sculptors account.

There is an expectation that the work will remain on the island.

The residency will run from 28 February until 27 March 2022 inclusive.

Accommodation will be provided plus a studio with north light overlooking Loch Moidart and Castle Tioram. The successful artist will receive a £1,000 stipend and £500 towards travel costs.

For more information and to apply please visit the following link.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 1 December 2021, 5pm.