Dumfries House Applications (Scottish Artists Applicants)

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The Dumfries House residency has been on hold for most of 2020 and to reintroduce the residency the Royal Drawing School would like to invite artists who are working and living in Scotland for 1-week residencies between November – December 2020. 

This is a unique opportunity for painters, textile designers, illustrators, practice-based researchers and applied artists who use drawing in their practice. The emphasis is on working from observation and the development of new work.

The residency is intended to be a productive and creative period for artists to be able to work in a peaceful environment, whilst enjoying Dumfries House, its interior, the impressive 18th century collection, its grounds and the surrounding countryside.

Seven, 1-week residencies between 30th October – 18th December (running Friday – Friday) are available for artists to apply for via the online application form. We ask that artists applying for the residency are currently based in Scotland. This is to limit the distance travelled by visitors to and from the Dumfries House estate in order to keep everyone safe.

The part-funded residency provides each artist with a private studio and a shared self-catering accommodation. Food, travel to and from Dumfries House and artist materials are at the artists own cost. 

To travel to and from the residency, Auchinleck train station is a short taxi ride from Dumfries House and there is ample parking spaces if artists chose to drive. There are two bicycles with baskets available for artists to use during their residency stay.

During this residency period there will be two artists in residence at one time, both artists will start and finish their residencies on the same day to allow a deep clean of the studio and apartment between residencies. Each artist will be provided with their own dedicated studio fitted with a small kitchen, fridge, sink and kettle (no hob or cooker) and their own studio toilet. Artists will share the entrance to the studio building. The artist apartment provides artists with their own bedroom and toilet, however the larger kitchen with cooker, living room space and shower will be shared. There will be a cleaning system in place which artists are asked to follow to keep a safe and clean space for both artists in residence.

Dumfries House Studio

Applications are now open for the Dumfries House Scottish Artist Residency 2020 and will close at 5pm Friday 11 September. If you have any questions regarding the residency please contact janet.casey@royaldrawingschool.org

Please note that the residencies will be under review if lockdown measures should change in the coming months. 

Please note all other Dumfries House applications are currently closed. US applicants should complete a different application form found on the Dumfries House Applications (US Applicants) page and RDS applicants should complete a different application form found on the Dumfries House Applications (RDS Applicants) page.