1 week
Paid by artist 

Participant fee: £280. This fee covers being picked up & dropped off in Edinburgh (where the residency starts), food, accommodation and transport during the week for trips to the sea and forests. They require payment in full before the residency, as a lump sum or in instalments. In order to take part artists are asked to attend the entire week.

Application guidelines 

Send an email to [email protected] to receive an application form.


Invererne Creative Retreats

Invererne Creative Retreats


Invererne is a home in the Scottish Highlands where artists take part in creative residencies, living together, close to nature.

Summer residency 2018: 21 - 28 July 2018: This summer the organizers will bring together a group of artists from a diverse range of artistic disciplines. It will be a chance for you to learn about other artist’s approaches - to shift mindset, try out other ways of working, to see things from other perspectives. By stepping outside of your usual ways of making work they hope to offer a space to refresh and nourish your creativity.

Over the week artists are invited to playfully explore how their different individual artistic practices might engage with one another; whether that may be through a workshops sharing skills and practice, unstructured creative time, conversations on a walk or while cooking dinner. This is a week to:

  • Live and collaborate with other artists
  • Be inspired by diverse artistic practices & disciplines
  • Learn about your practice by encountering that of others
  • Stay in a new environment with time in nature

This residency is not a space to work on a pre-existing project or idea. Instead, the participants are invited to come with an open mind, ready to listen and learn from others, and willing to share their knowledge of their own discipline and individual artistic practice. This is a laboratory space to try ideas out without the pressure to produce a final product.

There are five ingredients for an Invererne Residency - creativity, sharing skills and practice, collaboration, food, and nature. They have developed each ‘ingredient’ and how they come together in a way that offers a frame within which participants can be creative.

Please note: The organizers are keen for Invererne to be as inclusive as possible, however, unfortunately they cannot accommodate wheelchair users as the building does not yet have step-free access and there will be several outdoor walking excursions over the week. If you are interested in taking part and have a difficulty which you think may affect your time at Invererne do get in touch with them.


A reflection on your creative process over the week shared only with the co-ordinators.

Accommodation Information 

There is a dining room where they share all the meals – unless the weather is so nice that you want to eat outside. Downstairs there are two kitchens, the back kitchen is not used as much for cooking and can be a quiet place to read, too. The house has three shared bathrooms. There are two single bedrooms, three doubles and a triple bedroom, all with single beds. You are likely to be sharing your bedroom with a fellow residency participant.

Studio Information 

Indoors: There is a large room downstairs which is usually a sitting room but can be cleared and used for movement sessions, or when a larger group want to work together. It comfortably holds eight people for movement work. Next to this is the dining room, which when not being used for meals can be used as a quiet place to write or discuss work. Beside these rooms is a study with a fire place and piano for reading, writing, music making and relaxing. There is a large basement that runs the length of the house which contains basic tools and work benches; it has been used for constructing sculptures and a mask making workshop. There are also five attic rooms to explore/hide away in. The house has wifi.

Outdoors: The front lawn is a wide open space which has been used for physical work in good weather.There is also a walled garden, orchard and lawn that can all be used for workshops and exploration. In terms of out-buildings there is a large unlit barn that can be used to rehearse in and for voice work, the floor is concrete and the space is unheated so is a space best used in summer.


Invererne is in the Highlands of Scotland at the mouth of the river Findhorn. Invererne itself is surrounded by trees and fields. A short drive away is Findhorn Bay with its beaches, across the bay is Culbin Forest, a unique ecosystem of sand dunes and pine trees. The organizers will make trips to both these locations over the week, and there are bicycles available if you wish to explore for yourself.

IV36 3EE
United Kingdom

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