‘Muir is Tir – Land and Sea Residency’

6 – 12th July 2024, Stornoway – Stornoway, £875

Sail Britain and An Lanntair are pleased to announce the ‘Muir is Tìr – Land and Sea’ residency will be running again in 2024.

‘Muir is Tìr’ is based on the Gaelic sea-lore book of the same name by George Macleod. It utilises the land and seascapes of the Outer Hebrides at high Summer as both venue and research arena, offering a window into the traditions, language, culture and communities of the islands through an involved and participatory approach.

The Shiant Isles. Photo, Jon Macleod

Working in partnership with the An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway, the residency will be facilitated by Jon Macleod alongside local island guides and tradition bearers exploring both the visible and invisible in the landscape. We’ll be delving into notions of indigeneity, identity, oral tradition, material culture and the supernatural whilst exploring the remote sea-lochs and deserted villages of Pairc, the sacred Shiant Isles and the mythical ‘Blue Men of the Minch’, following the margins of the deep past as well as the mutability of island life in the Anthropocene.

Working closely together learning to sail as well as spending time ashore the residency offers shared experience and collaboration whilst also allowing time for reflection, observation and contemplation in a unique and dynamic environment.

The residency is multi-artform and open to all Creative practitioners

*An Lanntair can offer letters of support for selected participants seeking funding possibilities

** A Library that complements and gives context to the residency will be available

*** Exhibitions/Performances at An Lanntair are possible in consultation with the curatorial team

Further details about the Muir is Tìr – Land and Sea residency

Residency contribution

The trip fee of £875 covers the cost of the boat, crew, all equipment and training you’ll need onboard, as well as your food and a cosy bunk onboard, and a guided day on land with local guides. Not included is your travel to and from the start/end points of the voyage and any expenses ashore, although these tend to be very limited out in the wilds!

Application Process

The residency is open to emerging, mid-career and established artists, photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians and craft makers, etc.

Applicants should submit a brief CV 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, stating why you would like to take part in this residency.

Applications should be sent to jon@anlanntair.com and info@sailbritain.org, subject – Muir is Tir Residency Application + [your name]

The successful applicants’ work may be able to be shown at An Lanntair. This is to be arranged between the residency organisers and the successful applicants.

Application Deadline
The deadline for applications is 1st April 2024, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A panel from An Lanntair and Sail Britain will select the successful applicants. All applicants will receive a reply within 7 days of the decision deadline.