Residencies

The Hugo Burge Foundation offers both funded and independently funded Residencies throughout the year at our dedicated studios in the spectacular Scottish Borders. We support the development of new and exciting work across all artforms.

Skyboat Visual Arts Residency - August 2024

This is a residency for a visual artist of any medium and is inspired by Charlie Poulsen's 'Skyboat,' a living sculpture on our grounds. We would like to hear from artists who wish to use the residency to respond to the idea of 'growth'.

Applications due by
June 7, 2024
Applications are now closed

Poetry/Spoken Word Residency - August 2024

We would like to hear from spoken-word performers and storytellers who are keen to develop new work in a nourishing environment

Applications due by
June 7, 2024
Applications are now closed

Performance Residency - September 2024

This is a residency for a performing artist or group of performing artists (up to 3) who would like to use our studios to develop new work.

Applications due by
July 5, 2024
Applications are now closed

Filmmaking Residency - September 2024

This is a residency designed for a filmmaker at any stage of their career who would like to make work inspired by the natural surroundings and artistic community. 

Applications due by
July 5, 2024
Applications are now closed

Visual Arts Residency - October 2024

This is a visual arts residency that is suited for artists whose work explores "hidden things."

Applications due by
August 2, 2024
Applications are now closed

Past Residents

We have welcomed artists, writers and performers from across the UK and beyond to our studios in the beautiful Berwickshire countryside.

Ade Adesina

Ade Adesina

Ade took over our Old Squash Court studio as part of a commission residency to create a limited run print inspired by Marchmont House, using lino drilling and cutting techniques to create fascinating detail. Staying with his young family, Ade had lots of help in the studio and explored the whole estate.

Anya Bliss

Anya Bliss

Anya joined us for a four-week residency supported by artist Charles Poulsen via a call out by Axis who support and encourage early career artists. As part of her practice Anya works with a variety of materials, typically creating sculptures and installations, which are used to produce artworks that could be described as forms of art-activism. Anya’s work at Marchmont included an eco-performance exploring our relationship to the dirt and the importance of topsoil regeneration. She was subsequently invited to Harrogate Art Fair to showcase the performance with co-creator Annabel Whightman.

Dr Kerry Andrew

Dr Kerry Andrew

Kerry spent four weeks working from our Tower Studio on one of our first writing residencies for established authors of fiction.

'My residency at MMF was deeply enriching and productive. It gave me the great luxury of a separate (and beautiful!) space to work in, and stunning natural surroundings to walk in. I was inspired by the resident and local makers to be much more creatively hands-on in the tower, leaving my laptop in my accommodation and working with pens, notepads, post-it notes and a visual plot-board. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!'
Emma Hislop

Emma Hislop

Emma spent three weeks working from Fogo Cottage, the studio space set up by Rory McEwen thanks to a residency partnership with WASPS studios. Emma focussed on interconnectivity between history, art and society; looking into the links between objects, materials, forms and apparatus.

While interacting with the creative community here I’ve felt how important it is to cross pollinate others knowledge and differing crafts/practices. This lead to me learning woodturning with the Marchmont Workshop alongside getting etching inspiration from Rory McEwen’s lobster and developing patterns and motifs from Thomas Claytons plasterwork.
Noel Griffin

Noel Griffin

Noel joined us on a residency in partnership with Society of Scottish Artists. His work responded to the pastoral landscape of the Marchmont Estate, particularly reflecting on the cycles of life and death in nature and our entanglement with the non-human.

This residency has been a fantastic opportunity to experiment with new ideas and processes. I have been greatly inspired by the incredible landscape and spaces of Marchmont and the creative community and I know my time here will influence my practice for many years to come.
Thomas Merrett

Thomas Merrett

We were privileged to have Thomas Merrett staying at Marchmont, using our Old Squash Court studio to create a special commission based on his listener series; a beautiful set of sculptures exploring our relationship with the environment. The Listener for Marchmont now lives in the Marchmont House Home Wood.