The Life of Islands Residency

13 – 20th Aug 2022, Oban – Mallaig

We are very excited to announce the third year of the Life of Islands Residency. Led by artist and musician Laura Copsey, the residency explores ‘islandness’ – the special nature of islands – with a particular focus on inhabited places. The week will offer artists a space to explore notions of remoteness, connection and identity, at the intersection between land and sea.

Laura’s practice surrounds history and narrative through experience of place, and she will be leading workshops exploring themes to develop an exchange of ideas and personal responses to the theme.

The residency will have a greater focus on exploring ashore than most in Sail Britain’s programme, so in addition to some wonderful sailing between islands, expect long evenings to go roaming on land and spending time working on personal projects and discussing creative approaches. Nevertheless, this residency will encompass the surrounding seas and will be an opportunity to experience the ocean first hand in a very intimate way. We will be travelling by sail, a slow form of transport which allows an appreciation of distance, separation and the elements. It also brings people together as a crew to explore collaboratively, and to develop and exchange ideas.

There are 6 places for this residency.

Applicants should have an interest in working within a strong team environment in collaboration with other artists, including a willingness to discuss and share ideas, and to work together as a crew to sail the ship. The resident artists should bring any materials or equipment required for their research, but please be aware space onboard is very limited and emphasis on packing light is strongly encouraged!

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a brief project proposal and no more than 5 images (or other supporting documentation such as video, sound etc.) as an emailed PDF with images, and/or links as suits.

Applications should be sent to, subject – Life of Islands Residency Application + [your name]

All equipment, sail training, food and a cosy berth onboard is included in the residency fee of £750 which also covers the cost of the boat and supporting crew. Please see this page for suggestions on funding your place. Also have a look at our FAQs page for an insight into life onboard.

For any questions about the programme, please send us an email –