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A new residency bringing rural communities and creative practitioners together through village halls - part of Combine to Create.

The Small Halls Artist in Residency is a new programme which will see artists / creative practitioners working with and engaging rural communities as part of Combine to Create.

We are seeking to recruit up to 4 artists / creative practitioners who will be paired with, and work in collaboration, with 4 rural village halls, their committee members and communities in the Forres area.

The Artist in Residency will respond to, and create site-specific work, in response to the unique narrative of the hall and its community. This response may involve a participatory programme and be co-created with local people and / or creation of a new piece of work.

At the heart of this programme is conversation, artist-led conversation with residents living / working in the community. The artist should have an interest in exploring the ideas, issues, ecologies or stories that matter to the people living in the communities and the unique heritage and culture of the community in which you are working, and whose practice aligns with community engagement / socially engaged practice.

It is expected that the Artist in Residency will live and work locally and / or be able to regularly commute from home / studio within a reasonable time to the village hall / community that they are paired with in the Forres area (to be determined).

Each residency will conclude with a community sharing and celebration to showcase the creative response of the creative practitioners and community as part of the 4th Findhorn Bay Festival (Fri 23 Sept – 2 Oct 2022).

The Small Halls Artist in Residency is supported by Creative Scotland through the Culture Collective Fund and EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Key Details

Job Title: Small Halls Artist in Residency Opportunity (x4 posts available).

Location: Forres Area, Moray.

Hours: 30 days (or 240 hours worked flexibly across more days). Plus attendance/ presentation at the Findhorn Bay Festival (on a date to be agreed between Fri 23 Sept to Sun 2 Oct).

Term: Freelance contract running from Mon 20 June to 2 Oct 2022.

Fee: 5+ yrs’ experience artist £4,491 | Recent Graduate / Under 5 yrs’ experience artist £3,210.

Application deadline: Wed 11 May 2022 (5pm).

How to Apply

The Artist in Residence opportunities are open to both emerging and established artists who have a third level qualification and / or minimum 3-years+ professional experience in participatory arts / socially engaged practice.

Applications across a range of artforms are welcomed, including (but not limited to) visual arts, dance, film, storytelling, music, and more.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and experiences and are particularly interested in hearing from members of the LGBTQ+ community, members of the BAME community and disabled people.

We would like you tell us how your work and practice fits with the nature of the residency, and what appeals to you about this residency, your initial ideas for delivering on the outcomes and ambitions of this residency and about your relevant experience.

This could be in writing (maximum 2 x A4 sides for a covering letter) or by submitting an audio recording or a video (maximum 10 minutes).

Please provide 3 examples of your work and / or a link to your website and social media, and an up-to-date CV.

Please submit your application online here.

To find out more, download the job pack below. If you require further information or support in completing your application, please email Combine to Create Project Coordinator, Elidh Brown at

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