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Strathnaver Museum seeks two artists in residence

By Caroline McMorran

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A north Sutherland museum is seeking two artists as it launches an exciting new residency programme.

Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill is inviting artists and writers to apply for two three-month residencies.

Strathnaver Museum is based in the former parish church at Bettyhill and opened in 1976.
Strathnaver Museum is based in the former parish church at Bettyhill and opened in 1976.

The programme has been made possible thanks to “generous funding” from a number of organisations.

However anyone interested in applying should hurry - the deadline is Monday, July 15.

The successful artists would be expected to produce a work of art inspired by an object in the museum’s collection.

In addition the artist would have to create an exhibition exploring an agreed theme and to include artwork created by members of the public or community groups.

Community engagement is a “key component” of the residencies with the museum keen to reach a more diverse audience, particularly young people and older men.

A brief for the artist’s residencies has been drawn up which says: “We have many fascinating objects in our collection that aren’t on public display but which can help to further our understanding of contemporary issues.

“Strathnaver Museum is looking to work with professional artists to create new work, inspired by our collection.

“We want to explore with the community what and how these objects can help us understand issues facing us today. The resulting co-curated exhibition will be exhibited in our new gallery space.”

The brief continues: “The artists we work with will deliver community engagement activities such as workshops to help us engage with new audiences by exploring contemporary issues through a window into the past provided by objects in the Strathnaver Museum collection.

“Issues we expect to explore can include land use conflicts, migration, climate impacts, reuse, use of natural resources, mental health issues and the impact of colonialism.

“We welcome applications from artists and writers working in any medium or discipline.”

For further information on the residencies and how to apply, and to view the brief, visit: www.strathnavermuseum.org.uk

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