We are pleased to announce the winner of Marchmont House residency, Berwickshire, Scotland. Billie Bond MRSS was selected for the 2023 residency from a high quality pool of applications from members of the Society.
In fact the competition judges were so impressed by the applications that they also granted a second, shorter residency to David Aston MRSS. David, responding to the history of the house, gardens and estate and using the historical fragments, geology and remnants found on site, plans to create a site-specific version of his Pergamon series for Marchmont House.
This funded residency award at Marchmont House will be a great opportunity to develop these ideas by searching for something hidden, lost or forgotten within the Estate. Exploring a loft-space, cellar, behind a wall or beneath the grass, in search of historic artefacts to inform a contemporary outcome and bringing a voice to something that would otherwise remain silent.
I am excited about the idea of meeting and learning from the other artists and historians onsite as well as the getting inspiration from the hidden corners of the Marchmont Estate; allowing time for contemplation; reimagination and an opportunity to leave something at Marchmont House that was not there before.