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Calling all Highland Creatives

20th January 2021

North Lands Creative and Berlin Glas are collaborating on an initiative to improve and increase dialogue between an artist from the Highland & Islands region in Scotland and an artist based in the city of Berlin at a time when mobility of artists has been badly affected by the pandemic.

This interdisciplinary and collaborative artist residency will focus on dialogue and interaction between the two artists working from the Lybster and Berlin Studio's. The primary purpose of the residency is to explore new ways of thinking and working based on the sharing of experience, knowledge and skills both physically and virtually.

This is an exciting opportunity for an Artist to explore the medium of glass in their work and develop a new set of skills and techniques. Applications are encouraged across the spectrum of arts including painters, printmakers, designers, craft makers and also non-visual artists including writers, dancers, filmmakers and musicians. Glass making skills are not necessary as the residency will be fully supported by the North Lands Creative technical team.

North Lands Creative has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in the field of art glass. Over its esteemed 25 year history the NLC Residency programme has benefited over 100 artists from Scotland, the UK and Worldwide.

"North Lands Creative is a wonderful studio environment, perfect for creative exploration and experimentation. There is not another studio in Scotland with access to the same breath of glass making facilities or technical expertise. We are privileged in Caithness to have such a wonderful resource on our doorstep."

Laura O'Kane, General Manager North Lands Creative said,"I would love to see a local Artist take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. As an art student at Thurso High School and later on as a university student, I was fortunate to have taken part in classes and workshops at North Lands Creative. Glass is such a transformative and tactile material. There is no limit to what is possible creatively. This exposure and mentorship are something that have stayed with me throughout my studies and career as a textile designer."

The North Lands Creative studio facilities, encompassed hot glass, kin formed glass, flameworking, bead making, glass painting, stained glass, engraving, cold working and much more.

The Artist in Residency opportunity is open to artists living and working the Highlands & Islands.

The closing date for applications is the 29th January 2021.

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Read about the experiences of past Artist in Residence at North Lands Creative here: