Between Land and Sea

20 – 27th August 2022, Mallaig

Led by artist Ellis O’Connor this residency will explore both the islands of Western Scotland, and the ocean with which they are intimately connected as part of a sailing voyage. The programme will form a journey through the islands in sketching, painting and varied mixed medium techniques using the unique vantage point as the fuel for creating new work. We will creatively explore various themes from the varied geology found here to the abundant 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, allowing the artists time to reflect and learn new ways of working whilst also harnessing the wind and learning to sail.

There are 6 places for this residency.

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 at sea in 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 and Oliver Beardon at

Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary Landscape Artist based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She 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.

The trip fee of £695 covers the cost of the boat, crew, all equipment and training you’ll need onboard, as well as food, fuel and gas for the week. Not included is your travel to and from the start/end points of the voyage and any expenses ashore, although these tend to very limited out in the wilds!

Please see this page for hints and tips about funding your trip if applicable.