CROMARTY ARTS TRUST
|Studio Facilities||Private studio ‘bay’ space in a tranquil, rural location at converted Stable block with 6 other artists currently working there (at various times). There is access to a sink (shared with one other artist), plus free WiFi and parking. Beautiful grounds and stunning views, just a 15 min walk from the vibrant and ‘arty’ town of Cromarty.|
|Costs||1 month residency: £1700
6 month residency: £5000
|Minimum Period||1 month|
|Maximum Period||6 months|
|Other facilities||The residency would ideally take place between November – March when there is less pressure on our accommodation, however we would consider other times of year if need be.|
|Support offered||At Cromarty we can offer community engagement with local people who are very friendly and welcoming to artists sharing their town. It is an inspiring environment full of artistic, creative people and a stunning part of the world to base yourself. The Cromarty Arts Trust runs a year-round programme of live music, applied crafts and visual arts courses, music workshops, literary events, etc, which may also be of interest to artists-in-residence. We can offer advice with travel and although there is excellent public transport and the town has a small supermarket, cheese shop and bakery, we find having a car is pretty essential, so we would recommend that any artist in residence has their own transport.|
|Promotional support offered||Cromarty Arts Trust is a well-established organisation with a full programme of arts and music events. As a result, we have excellent profile and an enviable reputation both locally and further afield. We have built up a strong and positive relationship with local press and media and artists here on a residency programme could tap into this. We also have a growing database of over 1000 people interested in the arts and cultural projects that have chosen to receive our fortnightly Enews. Posters, leaflets and flyers are all produced in-house and are regularly distributed in the area. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are vibrant and popular and our website is well-used.|
|Exhibition opportunities||We are very fortunate in having a beautiful gallery in our Stables venue where the studio space is also located (downstairs). This comfortable room is equipped with a hanging system and moveable spot lights, plus we have white plinths of various heights and sizes, making it a pleasant and versatile exhibition space. We regularly host successful exhibitions here, including preview nights and events, often enhanced by drinks and canapes, live music (there is a baby grand piano also permanently in this room), demonstrations, etc.
We would be delighted to organize a special event for the RSA artist, either an exhibition with preview night or an Open Studio day or an opportunity to work with the local community, e.g. workshop or class, should the artist wish it.
|Accommodation offered||Accommodation is available at Ardyne, a well-appointed, shared house in the middle of the village of Cromarty, each room having its own study area, en-suite facilities and shared catering. We provide bedding, heating, regular cleaning and free WiFi and there is on-street parking right outside. The local shops are practically next door and the restaurants, beaches, harbour etc, are a short walk away.|
|Alternative accommodation||Alternative accommodation may be able to be provided at another of our venues, the Old Brewery on Burnside Place. This beautiful, converted building can sleep up to 22 in single, twin and triple rooms with communal spaces and shared bathrooms (between two rooms – if other occupants happen to be there).|