Island Darkroom – Winter Residencies

Applications for 2023 Winter Residencies will be open between Friday 23rd September – 1st November 2022


During the winter months of 2023, Island Darkroom and Hebridean Bothy Pods are teaming up to offer three photography-based artists a reduced rate to stay in the Bothy as a creative retreat.

These self-directed residencies have been set up to provide time and space to research, explore and create in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. They are aimed at individuals who are looking for a space to cut off and get away from distractions to develop ideas. Perhaps you are working on a project and need some head-space, or are looking for a place to experience the beautiful winter light of the Outer Hebrides and get inspired. We aim to make this a supportive and positive option for artists looking for a solo trip to focus on their work.

Artists will be staying in a fully contained self-catering Bothy, for full details and pictures, please visit The Bothy is well equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom, WIFI and living area with a folding table that can double up as a work space. Situated in the heart of the Isle of Lewis in the village of Achmore, the Bothy works as a perfect base-camp for the whole island. Its proximity to wild open environments is an ideal place to get some head space and feel closer to the elements.

Artists are invited to apply for one-week or two-week stays throughout February & March 2023.

7 nights: £400 (usually £665)
14 nights: £795 (usually £1,330)

Who Can Apply
These residencies are open to emerging, mid-career and established artists, with a focus on photographic arts or multi-media work which includes photographic mediums.

How to Apply
Please email the following information to by midnight Tuesday 1st November and include ‘Winter Residency + Your Name’ in the subject line.

  • Between 300 – 500 words on your artistic practice and the line of interest you wish to explore on this retreat.

  • Up to 8 images, sound, video and/or written files of previous work.

  • Links to relevant websites/blogs

  • Requested length of residency (1 week or 2)

  • Requested 1 or 2-week block choosing from weeks beginning: Monday 30th January, 13th February, 27th February or 13th March (please indicate your 1st and 2nd preference of start dates)

  • Please specify which of the following options you would be interested to include in your retreat: renting Island Darkroom facilities, renting Studio Space at the Old Fire Station.


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