OPEN CALL - Without Boundaries - Residency Opportunity

Dec 21st 2020



Introducing a new residency partnership with Marchmont House

Visual Arts Scotland and Marchmont House are proud to partner to deliver a fully funded week at sea from 11th-17th April 2021 for two artists to explore the islands and wild coastlines of the West Coast of Scotland. Applications can be made from 21 December and the offer is open to Visual Arts Scotland Members. 

This residency will host two artists on a week aboard a 50ft yacht, Whimbrel, a Bluewater catamaran,  exploring the remote and beautiful coasts and waters around Arran and the Firth of Clyde. 

Artists will be able to set their own own itinerary for their voyage, under the experienced eye of skipper, Ben Merrit. Artists will receive free board, meals, a stipend,  plus travel expenses to and from Troon where Whimbrel is moored. 

This residency is to enable creatives to have a unique and rich research and development opportunity. We are interested in selecting artists whose work will clearly benefit from this research and development period so do bear this in mind when writing your application for this opportunity. Further details can be found in the Guidance Document below. We recommend artists read fully before applying. For more information about Whimbrel itself, please follow this link here: 

During 2021 VAS members will be able to apply for other supported residency opportunities at Marchmont House. We look forward to revealing details of these at a later date in 2021. 

Without Boundaries Residency Open for entry: 21 December 2020

Entry Deadline: 15 February 2021 


  • Please send PDF submission headed WITHOUT BOUNDARIES  + your name, including the following to

  • A short application statement (no more than 300 words) detailing how you intend to utilise the residency opportunity

  • A short description of your current practice (no more than 100 words). 

  • 6 High res, good quality images of recent work with titles, dates, materials and sizes

  • Your website address link

  • An up to date CV

  • Where you are based and where you would be travelling from to the residency

  • Your email address

  • A link to your VAS profile

Before you apply, please download and read our Guidance Document that contains essential information about this residency HERE