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Jon Schueler Scholarship, Visual Artist in Residence

Visual Arts Residency / Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - National Centre for Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Applications for the 2014 International Jon Schueler Scholarship are now open. Closing date is Monday 3rd February 5pm GMT 2014.

Applications are now being welcomed for the Jon Schueler Scholarship, Visual Artist in Residence, an exciting international residency opportunity  to take place in Skye in the summer/autumn of 2014. In a unique international partnership between Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts (Scotland) and the Jon Schueler Charitable Trust, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to come and research, develop and produce work for 3 months in the dedicated artist’s studio in a spectacular setting overlooking The Sound of Sleat, the place which so inspired Schueler as an artist.

The Scholarship is open to international artists (including Scottish and UK) working to the highest level of professional practice in a visual medium and with a particular interest in landscape and the environment.

The annual (2013 -2016) visual arts scholarship has been set up in celebration and in memory of the life, work and artistic influence of internationally renowned artist and abstract expressionist, Jon Schueler (1916-1992), in recognition of his very special relationship with the landscape and environment of the Sound of Sleat

The aims of the residency are 1. to provide a visual artist working to the highest level of contemporary practice a period of research, development and production in a unique environment, 2. to promote Skye, The Gaeltachd and Scotland as an exciting, distinct and inspiring place to work for a contemporary artist, and to promote the exchange of ideas.

The residency is for 12 weeks and will take place from Mon 4th Aug – Frid 24th Oct 2014.

The Artist will receive:

• a residency fee of £8,000 for the 12 week period

• an allowance of £500 for materials

• provision of an artist's studio with ICT support

• reasonable travel costs of a single return trip to undertake the residency in Skye (12 weeks) met in full as part of the scholarship

• accommodation on campus

The Scholarship will enable a visual artist to come and work in and from the large Visual Arts Studio, based within the FÀS Centre for the Creative and Cultural Industries, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in a rich and multi-disciplinary arts environment. The Stiùidio Ealain is a custom-built working Visual Artist studio. Perched high over the rocky shoreline and looking out over the Sound of Sleat and Knoydart, its generous space includes double height ceiling (in part), outside access, sink room, storage, blackout blinds and access to specialist film and sound equipment.

In addition to the provision of the generous studio, artists can also, by special arrangement, have access to a range of film, editing and post-production facilities along with access to our sound recording studio and extensive reference 

library with two collections of  national and international significance - the ‘MacCarmaig’ and ‘Celtica’ Collections, together creating one of the most important collections of antiquarian books of Gaelic and related materials in existence anywhere in the world.

Artists will be given the opportunity during their residency to engage with the Gaelic Language and Culture and also have the opportunity to meet with other artists working in different art forms: film, literature, drama and music. There will also be opportunities to meet with artists working within the local area. This will encourage the exchange of ideas.

To submit your application please use the following link.

Submit to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig




  Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Background Notes

  Visual Arts Studio Plan

  About the Jon Schueler Scholarship

  Scholarship Application



Renowned Japanese artist’s work on show at Sabhal Mòr

An exhibition by the internationally renowned Japanese photographer, Takeshi Shikama, will open at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig this Friday (20 September) at 7pm. Takeshi has been based at Skye Gaelic college for the summer months through the residency programme of the Jon Schueler Scholarship.

You can get further information on the following link:


“ I am so grateful to be given this opportunity of discovery, that has opened my eyes to a new way of looking. I will treasure this experience. It will remain with me and influence my work for the rest of my life.”

Takeshi Shikama, Jon Schueler Artist in Residence 2013.