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The Creative Retreat is now offering opportunities for artists to experience our corner of Scotland in an affordable and convenient way - through self-funded residencies.


You will have a private room in Stroma, our large shared house with four bedrooms, two shower/wcs, a large living/dining/kitchen space with washing machine, dishwasher, large fridge and freezer. Towels and bed linen are included, as is Wifi.

Studio Space

You will have 24 hour access to the High Street Studio, our main space with spectacular views of the sea, which will easily accommodate four artists. It is centrally heated, has a sink, fridge and wc. There is also a studio space at Stroma if you would prefer to work there.

You will need to..

  • Provide your own food
  • Provide your materials
  • Organise your own travel
  • Create a short report on your stay with images we can post on our website.


We will greet you and provide information about the area. A guidance and support session for your work can be agreed and timetabled. Assistance in organising food and materials can be available as well as information on the area and travel.


Minimum booking is one week and all weeks run Saturday to Saturday. The following dates are available:

April 14th to 20th and April 21st to 28th

May 5th to 12th and May 13th - 19th




Apply by email to Please include:

  • Name and contact details.
  • Preferred dates of stay. Please indicate any flexibility with dates.
  • Brief biography including website address and links to work if available.
  • Brief statement of current work and interests.
  • Brief description about why this residency appeals to you and what you hope to achieve during your stay.
  • Are you applying as an individual, or a group?
  • How did you hear about this residency?

Previous Artists in Residence include:

Kate Downie RSA, drawings, paint and print

Helen Goodwin, mixed media and installation

Fiona Maher, a visual artist working with mixed media sculptural forms

Donald Murray, writer

Andrew McConnach, a visual artist who makes prints and paintings

Fiona Jappy, painter


“It was a truly invaluable time for me as a practising artist at this time in my career, and one I believe has helped possibly create a turning point in my work...

Sharing the residency with another visual artist was both inspiring and interesting. We could exchange ideas and give one another support and feedback.

I felt it very important that both our work and approaches were different and it was great that our varied creative backgrounds and experiences could be shared with one another.”

Helen Goodwin


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