FROM ONE TO ANOTHER | Cornwall x Scotland: Exchange Residency

Jul 12th 2022


Cornwall x Scotland Exchange Residency

Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) is delighted to announce a second residency partnership with the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, Borlase Smart John Wells Trust (Cornwall) and Marchmont House (Scotland).

This opportunity will offer a VAS member a chance to spend a month-long residency in November 2022 at Anchor Studios, Newlyn, in the West of Cornwall and is part of the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust family of studios.  Simultaneously, a Cornwall based artist will be undertaking a month long residency at Marchmont House in the Scottish Borders.

This is an exciting partnership developed in recognition of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s connection to both Cornwall and Scotland. We aim to connect both selected artists, enabling them to create a dialogue around issues of practice and place, in two locations which - although unique and distinct from one another - have in common a rich cultural heritage and landscape.

We are currently seeking applications for the Scotland component of the residency. That is, an artist based in or with connections to Scotland, who will undertake a residency in Cornwall. The Cornwall aspect of residency will be administered by Borlase Smart John Wells Trust. BSJWT and VAS will sit on panels for both selections.

Key Dates and Information

Open for applications:     Tuesday 12 July 2022
Deadline:            Sunday 31 July 2022

The residency will take place from 1 - 30 November 2022 and includes:


  • Accommodation and studio space for the duration of the residency. The Scotland-based artist will be based at Anchor Studios, Newlyn whilst the Cornwall-based artist will stay at Marchmont House in the Scottish Borders.

  • An artist fee of £500 per week will be provided to both participants.

  • Travel costs to and from the residency venue (additional travel whilst in residence not included).

  • Artists will be supported by a liaison from VAS and have on-site support whilst in residence.


  • There is no expectation for the selected artists to create a body of work whilst on residency. Rather, we seek to provide space for them to reflect on their practice and engage with the environment of the respective locales.

  • Both artists will be connected online and their exchange can be facilitated by VAS. The potential scope of this exchange will be discussed prior to residency.

  • VAS would like the successful applicants to undertake a VAS Instagram takeover for part of the residency, and later report on their experience and its impact on their practice either through writing a blog, and/or by participating in an online discussion facilitated by VAS.

  • Successful applicants should document their residency visually, through photographs, and share these with VAS for further promotion of the residency programme and further development of the project.

  • Artists will also be able to show work made in response to their time on residency or elements of their research in the next VAS Annual Exhibition.



  • Applicants must work within the context of fine art/in a fine art discipline (e.g. drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture) to maintain a link with Barns-Graham’s practice.

  • Applicants must be a Visual Arts Scotland Member at the time of applying and whilst on the residency.

  • The artist must be based in Scotland or have a connection to Scotland. 


How to apply

We are looking for an artist to explain what benefit they would get from the residency and being in a different location; in particular, how a sense of place can affect, inform and potentially develop their practice. As such, we are particularly interested in proposals that relate specifically to an aspect of place/landscape.

Send an application letter in Word or PDF format to, email subject: CORNWALL RESIDENCY. Please outline the following points:


  • Name.

  • Address.

  • Email.

  • Current artist statement (200 words).

  • Why would you like this opportunity? (200 words).

  • Outline how you think the residency will inform or impact your practice. (200 words).

  • How would you document and share your experiences? (150 words).

  • Please also include 6 images of recent work (last three years).

  • Please state your preferred way to travel - using your own car, train or bus.


The selection panel will include representatives from Visual Arts Scotland and Borlase Smart John Wells Trust.


Applicants will be informed of the results of their application by the first week of September.



Practical considerations:

Travel to and from Cornwall will be covered within reason and capped at £250. 

Covid-19. VAS is following Scottish Government guidance on Covid-19. Local lockdowns or revised guidance/legislation may affect residencies, at which point we will work with residents to reschedule at a later time.

*Dependent on government guidelines November 2022

To find out more about our partners for this residency, please visit the below links:

BSJW Trust and Anchor Studios:

Marchmont House:

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust:

To read about our previous artists-in-residence, Rachel Duckhouse and Andy Harper, take a look at our blog here.


We have this information available in Plain English and Large print format.

If you need assistance completing your application, have any questions or would like the information in another format, please email at or message us on socials and we'll be happy to help.