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Jon Schueler Visual Arts Residency comes to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts on Skye, is to become the host of a major new Visual Arts Residency.

The John Schueler Scholarship is a unique partnership between Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Scotland and the Jon Schueler Charitable Trust in New York and will complement the existing artists’ residency programme at SMO which is currently supported by Creative Scotland through their Creative Futures programme. The scholarship will be offered each year to a different artist and will run from 2013 – 2016. It has been established to celebrate and remember the life, work and artistic influence of internationally renowned artist and abstract expressionist painter, Jon Schueler (1916-1992), and in recognition of his very special relationship with the landscape and environment of the Sound of Sleat.

Donnie Munro, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Director of Development, Fundraising and the Arts, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to host this international visual arts scholarship in partnership with the Schueler Trust. It is a very fitting tribute to the work and influence of this hugely important international artist, who spent so much of his time working from his small studio overlooking the Sound of Sleat and it is particularly apt that the residency will run through until 2016, the centenary of the artists birth. The Sound of Sleat proved to be a very powerful stimulus to the work of this great artist and the scholarship is a very appropriate way to celebrate and honour that dynamic link.”

Amanda Catto, Portfolio Manager with Creative Scotland for International, Cultural export and Visual Arts, said: “Creative Scotland welcomes this new partnership between Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Scotland and the Jon Schueler Charitable Trust in New York.  It will build on the significant residency programme that has been supported through our Creative Futures initiative and it will provide the selected artists with an inspiring context to develop their work.” 

Kath MacLeod, SMO’s Arts Development Officer, said: “The Scholarship is open to international, Scottish and UK artists working to the highest level of professional practise in a visual medium and with a particular interest in landscape and the environment. The Scholarship will enable a visual artist to base themselves in the summer/autumn months in the Visual Arts Studio, housed within the Fàs Centre for the Creative and Cultural Industries at SMO, in a culturally rich and multi-disciplinary arts environment. The presence of the artist in this context will allow for an interesting exchange of ideas.”

Applications are now being invited for the Jon Schueler Scholarship Visual Artist in Residence, with the first residency taking place in the summer of 2013. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to 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.

At the end of their residency artists will be offered the opportunity to exhibit the work they produced within Sabhal Mòr and it is also hoped that a special ‘Schueler Scholarship Residency Exhibition’ will be mounted at the end of the four years featuring a selection of work produced by each of the artists who have been awarded the scholarship.

Applications for this year’s Jon Schueler Scholarship are to be submitted by the 7 January 2013. For more information visit

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