Residencies in Cromarty

We welcome writers and artists of ALL media to come and stay with us in Cromarty.  This little corner of the world is very special - it boasts stunning coastal scenery; beautiful buildings and architecture; is steeped in history; has award-winning eateries, shops and attractions; woodland walks and sandy beaches; a resident population of bottle-nosed dolphins plus seals, bird colonies, red kites and other wildlife; a small but incredibly friendly community with a vibrant, arty feel and constant programme of interesting events, gigs, talks, shows and markets happening year-round.

In a nutshell, it's a peaceful, tranquil and inspiring spot at any time of year - the perfect place for creative types to visit, whether it's to write the next chapter of a book, find motivation for your next exhibition, continue working on your works in a fresh, new environment or just because a change is as good as a holiday, or so the saying goes!

There are two ways a residency can work:

Self-funded Residency
As long as we have availability, you are welcome to come and stay at Ardyne, in the centre of the town, in a comfortable, en-suite room (with use of communal kitchen) at all times of year and we can provide you with free studio space.  You can stay for as long or short a time as you wish and all we ask for is a statement relating to the focus of your intended residency and some details of your practice.  For current rates, please click here, although at most times of the year, we can offer those coming for a fortnight or longer a reduction in cost from those listed.

In-kind Funded Residency
As above, but we offer your accommodation free of charge in return for you running some a pre-arranged workshop or event that will bring in income to the Trust, whilst encouraging you to engage with the local community and pass on your skills to others.  We would only be able to offer you this kind of residency during the winter months when our accommodation is not at a premium, i.e. October - March, and only if no other residencies, e.g. Student Prize or RSA, are in operation.

We regret we are unable to offer you a fee or assistance with expenses.  Whilst we are happy to offer the in-kind support of free accommodation and studio space, we aren't currently in a position to help out financially so artists should be able to fund their living, transport and material costs whilst here. This option is extremely popular and we are inundated with requests so apologies in advance if you are unsuccessful.

Please note: we are currently unable to take further in-kind funded residencies for 2021/2022. Please only get in touch if you are interested in 2023 or beyond. Places for a self-funded residency are still available for 2022.

We accept residencies at our discretion and the final decision should be respected by applying artists.

If you are interested in coming to Cromarty on a Residency basis, please email with a proposal and some examples or description of your practice or tel 01381 600354.

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19 Bank Street, Cromarty
IV11 8YE Scotland

T: 01381 600354


Cromarty Arts Trust is recognised as a Scottish Charity number SC003018

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