Creative Retreat AiR Program

North Lands Creative promotes good principles on conservation, education and sustainability through retreats, study, research, reflection and the arts.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, NLC offers creative practitioners complete immersion into a stimulating, expansive and striking environment through which to explore new practices and possibilities. Caithness is also home to a rich backstory that covers Neolithic burial chambers, Pictish stones, Viking graves and medieval castles. Our campus is set in the costal village of Lybster, and offers views across to the Morven Hills and landscape scattered with dwarf shrubs, moss heath and rough grassland.

Our Creative Retreat AiR Program welcomes artists, makers, writers, musicians and researchers to stay in our accommodation for self-funded residencies. Most importantly, whether you need to research or produce, NLC provides a supportive and welcoming environment for artists of all levels. We have a long and fruitful history of working with professional artists to students and academics from foundation level through to PhD.

Each residency lasts from one to four weeks. Each artist gets a private room and access to our project space a beautiful room with good acoustics and wonderful natural light. We have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

We ask for a payment to cover accommodation costs and a cultural contribution of an artist talk, performance or workshop.

Creative Retreat AiR program runs during the months of April, June, October, November and December 2020 and February – March 2021. There is an open call out for artists to apply for these months. Please fill out the application form and include a cover letter with the following information:

  • How you intend to utilise your stay.
  • The time-frame you wish to stay (we offer 1-4 week residencies).
  • How you intend to pay for the residency, either self-funded or with a grant (we can offer a letter of support if needed).
  • Examples of your work.
  • What cultural contribution you could make to the community? Artist talk, open studio, workshop etc
  • Are you applying as an individual, or a group?

Please download and complete an Application Form below and submit to

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