Skyboat Visual Arts Residency - August 2024

Based at our Creative Spaces within the Scottish Borders, this residency will take place from 14th August to 11th September 2024 and will include private use of our Old Squash Court Studio, accommodation in one of our Hobbit Pod, and a weekly stipend of £350.

This residency is named in honour of Charlie Poulsen’s ‘Skyboat,’ a living sculpture that is located on-site at our Creative Spaces. ‘Skyboat’ comprises a boat supported by an oak frame under which living trees are growing. In time, the trees will grow to support the boat without the frame, leaving the boat to ‘float’ in the trees. The resident will have the opportunity to meet with Charlie and discuss his practice.

There are no expectations about what you will use the residency for but we would expect the selected artist to conduct at least one public event such as a creative workshop (for adult participants), a talk, demonstration, performance or educational activity.

You will be able to spend time with other visual artists and makers on site, along with another visiting artist also on residency. Charlie Poulsen and our Creative Director, Dr James Fox will provide mentorship during your stay.

Deadline to apply is June 7th.

Useful Info:

The Marchmont Estate is situated in a rural area with very little public transport. A car is recommended during your stay but is not essential.

All bed linens and towels are provided

Accommodation is fully self catering

Groceries can be delivered to the Estate by supermarkets in Berwick Upon Tweed

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Hobbit Pods

All residency-holders are accommodated in one of our two modern hobbit pods, situated in a meadow near the courtyard on the Marchmont Estate. These warm, bright spaces both have double beds (the larger pod also has an additional bedroom), bathrooms, open-plan kitchens, writing desks, sofas and south-facing decks with wonderful views of the Cheviot Hills.

I have more gratitude than words to describe it. What a gift, with perfect timing. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful people and magical moments. 
Nancy MacDonald


Please complete the form below by letting us know what you would hope to achieve as a result of your residency with The Hugo Burge Foundation. It is helpful if you also upload your CV or artist statement and some examples of your work.

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