This is a biennial award, check back in late 2021 for the next round of applications.

The RSA Residencies for Scotland is an artist-led scheme which provides valuable research and residency opportunities for artists. It forges important networks with centres of artistic excellence across Scotland, ranging from traditional residency venues to specialised production facilities.

Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis is on enabling a period of research, development and production, as well as on the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences. Artists can apply for funds of up to £5000 and are responsible for managing their own residency, in discussion with the partner venue.

Our partner venues all have a long history of offering quality development to, and presentation opportunities for, contemporary artists. For many their expertise and longevity has formed the back-bone of artist practice in Scotland for decades. Exhibition opportunities may be available at the RSA or through links with the partner venues and their own exhibition facilities or networks.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture is an independently funded institution whose purpose is to promote and support the visual arts in Scotland. The programme is administered and funded by the RSA, with kind support from the Friends of the RSA and The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. Launched in 2009, the project is now offered on a biennial basis.

Aims of the residency programme:

  • To enable artists a period of research, development and production
  • To reinforce links with centres of excellence across Scotland
  • To provide access to technical expertise and assistance to learn new skills & techniques.
  • To enable the exchange of ideas and practice


2019 Winners: Christine Borland (Deveron Projects), Victoria Bernie (RSA Collections), Madeleine Brown (Cove Park),  Annie Cattrell (An Lanntair), Flora DeBechi (North Lands Creative and Taigh Chearsabhagh), Joel Dixon (Street Level Photoworks), Rachel Duckhouse (Glasgow Print Studio and Taigh Chearsabhagh), Flore Gardner (Edinburgh Printmakers), Audrey Grant (Cromarty Arts Trust), Ashanti Harris (Scottish Sculpture Workshop), Hannah Imlach (Peacock Visual Arts), Frank McElhinney (An Cridhe), James McKenzie & Daniel O’Dempsey (Pier Arts Centre), Robert Powell (WASPS, Shetland), Tim Sandys (An Cridhe), Bruce Shaw (Bothy Projects, Cairngorms), Becky Sik (Bothy Projects, Eigg), Oana Stanciu (An Talla Solais and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop).


An Cridhe, Isle of Coll
An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis
An Talla Solais, Ullapool
Bothy Project, Cairngorms & Isle of Eigg
Cove Park, Argyll and Bute
Cromarty Arts Trust
Deveron Projects, Huntly
Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio
Edinburgh Printmakers
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Glasgow Print Studio
North Lands Creative, Lybster
Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
RSA Collections Department, Edinburgh
Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
Stills, Edinburgh
Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist
WASPS Artists Studios (Skye, Newburgh and Shetland)


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