Student Residency Prize

We were overwhelmed with the variety and calibre of applications for the 2021 prize. A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone that took the time to enter. As we were forced to skip the prize in 2020 due to Covid, we have decided to offer TWO residencies this year. The two recipients wrote impressive submissions and impressed the judging panel with their wealth of experience in their respective fields at such a young age and their vision for their time in Cromarty. Congratulations to Rory Green and Rylan Gleave - find out more about our 2021 winners here.

Who Can Apply?

The Cromarty Arts Trust Student Residency Prize is open to any student who will graduate this year OR any artist who has graduated in the past two years, from a college or university in Scotland and in ANY art form.

The prize consists of a student residency at the Cromarty Stables for one month in the Autumn each year. Specific dates are released when applications open - please only apply if you are able to attend at this time.

Cromarty itself is a rather special part of the world – a small town on the peninsula of the Black Isle that is not only beautiful and vibrant, but brimming with history, wildlife, geology, important architecture and one of the friendliest places you could hope to visit! With award-winning cafes, restaurant, shops and galleries and a resident population of bottle-nosed dolphins in the Firth, it’s not surprising that it is consistently listed in the ‘top places to live in Scotland’ lists in various press publications.

What You Get

  • En-suite, self-catering accommodation in Ardyne House
  • Studio space amongst a friendly bunch of like-minded, local artists in the Stables studios
  • A grant of £750 towards travel, materials and subsistence costs
  • Experience of life in a small but vibrant, coastal Highland town 

The residency is primarily intended to provide an opportunity for the winning artist to develop their own work in a new and inspiring environment at the beginning of their artistic career. 


What We Get

The resident artist will also be expected to:

  • Hold an event such as a talk or workshop and a small, informal exhibition.
  • Write a short retrospective report about their residency.
  • Leave behind a piece of their work for the Cromarty Collection.

How To Apply

Applicants should send:

  • Completed application form
  • A maximum of 5 items: photographs, written pieces, examples of work
  • A brief statement (max 1000 words) about the themes you would hope to explore or develop during the residency, what you would hope to get out of your time in Cromarty, why you should be chosen, etc.
  • Two relevant references should be provided along with your application.

We prefer applications to be emailed to or via a web-based file sharing system such as Dropbox, etc. 

Applications should reach us no later than tbc

What Happens Next?

A Highland-based panel which will include at least one established artist and representatives of arts organisations and the Cromarty Arts Trust will decide on the winner and all entrants will be notified by email.

Of course this residency opportunity can only proceed if Scottish Government guidelines and regulations continue to allow us to be open.  If the situation changes, we may be forced to reconsider holding the residency this year but we will keep all communications open and hopefully things will proceed as planned.

Further questions?  Just email us and we'd be happy to chat anything through!

To see and hear about the experiences of previous winners, click here.

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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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