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Residency Programme

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig host an Artist in Residency programme with support from Creative Scotlandl and the Royal Scottish Academy of Art (RSA) in Edinburgh which brings together the visual arts, music, drama and literature and provides the opportunity for creative collaborations.

The artist's residency programme has its origins in Sabhal Mòr's earliest days, when a Writer in Residence programme was first instigated by the founding Trustees in recognition of the important role which they believed the arts had to play in the revival and regeneration of the language and culture.

Many of the Scotland's leading Gaelic writers have subsequently brought their work and influence to bear on these important residencies. Chief amongst them was the hugely influential international poet, Sorley Maclean, whose work informed and inspired successive generations of writers, poets and artists throughout the world, including the great Irish, Noble Prize Winning writer, Seumas Heaney, who attended a special event at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig during his visit to Hallaig on Raasay, the setting one of Maclean's great epic poems.

Some of Scotland's most influential contemporary Gaelic poets and writers, including Aonghas MacNeacail, Angus Peter Campbell and Alasdair Campbell (Alasdair a' Bhocsair) amongst others, have also featured amongst the list of names of former Writers in Residence at Sabhal Mòr, who have gone on to contribute significantly to the canon of Scottish literature.

The post of Musician in Residence was established a number of years ago, when piper Iain MacDonald of Glenuig took up the position and more recently the Scottish Arts Council agreed to support a Visual Artist in Residence post, thereby consolidating what has become a joint Artists n Residence Programme at the College. A Drama Artist in Residence post was established in 2011.