Active Archive International AiR

North Lands Creative extends residency opportunities to professional artists, curators, craft makers and designers who want to develop their practice.

The selection is highly competitive and we choose individuals who we believe will make the best use of our facilities and have a positive impact on the international glass community.

To earn a spot in North Lands Creative artist residencies, artists must propose projects that align with our mission to support excellence and experimentation in the creative use of glass, influenced by the wild and dramatic landscape of Caithness.

Artistically, it is an opportunity to be immersed in an environment where there is sometimes no differentiation between sea and sky, where isolation is experienced in all four directions. On a human level, the purity of the environment makes artists re-think and re-imagine their practice and brings much needed time to breathe, unplug and tap into the natural surroundings for inspiration. Participating artists’ proposals have included those that would draw on or consider the relationships between nature, art, and community.

About the residency

Archives and research-based work will be a dominant thread throughout our 2020 artist residencies signalling the launch of an in-depth enquiry into the layered histories of North Lands Creative. The Active Archive Residencies is an extensive research initiative that will delve into North Lands Creative 24 year history, to look at imagined futures and proposals for transformation contained within its archives. Over the residency period, the residency artist will have access to documents and collection pieces contained within our archive as well as privately collected materials. From this will emerge the many entangled histories of the UK’s premier glass organisation. The residency artist will be asked to show a new body of work created during their residency to be presented within our 25th anniversary year programme in 2021.

North Lands Creative is seeking proposals from individual artists who would like to develop their practice and respond to our archive and collection through a one month-long solo residency at our campus in Lybster. The opportunity includes: an artist fee, materials budget, travel expenses, free accommodation and complementary studio access at our Alastair Pilkington Studio. The successful residents will also receive 1-2-1 support from our team in producing, developing, and discussing their work and critical practice. Proposals from artists who would like to work collaboratively with another artist will be accepted, although the budget will then be shared between collaborators.

  • 26th October – 20th November 2020
  • Open to UK & International Artists
  • Artist Fee £500
  • Materials Budget £850
  • Travel £800
  • Free Accommodation
  • Complimentary Studio Access

Please submit the submission form with the supporting documentation by email by Friday 1st May 2020 


Please download and complete an Application Form below:

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