Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve artist residency programme began in January 2015, with artists travelling from across the UK, and international locations, to live on site and create new works at the lighthouse.
The Occasional Keepers flat, originally used for assistant and visiting NLB lighthouse keepers, with a magnificent view across the coastline to Fitful Head, was refurbished in 2014. The property, which will also be used as bunk accommodation for guests, provides living and studio space for artists, writers and musicians. Whilst in Shetland they will have access to the Visitor Centre displays and research of the key themes of lighthouse history, the marine and coastal environment and radar history.
The residency can be a reflective space to work on new developments, not necessarily for public display, and for those who want to test public reaction. The idea is that work can be shown in a public forum before it is completed so that the audience can see the production processes and though patterns behind a finished piece.
The Stevenson Centre has been equipped with a sound system, projection facilities and a 3 metre wide screen. This creates a perfect location for a contemporary film maker to screen new and experimental short films to a wide audience, as the Summer months will bring an international audience, alongside local visitors.
Visiting artists have generously agreed to contribute to cultural and educational activities at Sumburgh Head, with either a talk, presentation or workshop linked to their special area in the arts.
Anyone who would like to enquire about taking up an artist residency at Sumburgh Head should contact Shetland Amenity Trust on 01595 694688.