Crinan Residency


Crinan Residency 2024

The Federation of British Artists at Mall Galleries and the Crinan Hotel present the Crinan Residency.

Newly graduated artists are invited to apply for a week-long residency in Crinan, an artist's haven in the heart of Historic Scotland, taking place between 18 and 25 September 2024.

Submissions are online only, free of charge, and open throughout July 2024.

We recommend that artists submit early to allow for assistance with their application if required.

What is the Crinan Residency?

• This week-long residency is based in Crinan, a beautiful fishing village situated on the remote west coast of Scotland.

• The resident artist will stay in the award-winning Crinan Hotel with stunning views over the islands and the Crinan Canal. Complimentary accommodation will be provided for one week with breakfast included. The Crinan Hotel was awarded the European Luxury Sea View Hotel of the Year Award by the Luxury Travel Guide. For more information, visit

• A large studio space will be available at the Annex art centre, just 20 yards from the hotel.

• Artist and owner of the Crinan Hotel, Frances Macdonald, and her artist son Ross Ryan will be on hand to help answer any questions and offer advice on what to do in the local area.

• The selected resident will receive art materials from Michael Harding to the value of £500, including Michael Harding Artists Watercolours (Gem Set), Michael Harding Artists Oil Colours (Plein Air Master Set), plus primer, linseed oil, varnish, and Miracle Medium for oil paint.

• A stipend of £500 will be given to the resident towards travel and other expenses. 

• The resident will be invited to exhibit their work - created during or after the residency - at a group exhibition of award winning artists at Mall Galleries, London, in spring 2025.

Bypass Glencoe and Loch Ness for this west-coast spot, which has all the good looks and none of the crowds. Two hours from Glasgow, it’s saturated with 5,000 years of human history. But it’s the natural landscape that steals the show, from rugged hills and craggy coast to one of the largest whirlpools in the world.

Ben West - The Sunday Times

With the wonderful landscape in abundance, this is a great opportunity to get outside and make work, hopefully even by boat!

Ross Ryan - The Crinan Hotel

Who is eligible to apply?

The Crinan Residency is open to new graduates who meet one of the following criteria:

— Graduates from either an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree in fine arts at a UK college in 2024. 'College' here refers to Higher Education institutions that offer recognised degree qualifications at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Note that Foundation Diploma courses are not eligible.

— Those who have completed a fine arts course at an alternative learning programme in the UK in 2024. 'Alternative learning programme' refers to programmes that operate broadly as alternatives to BA or MA study.

What is the submission process?

Submissions are online only, free of charge, and open from 1 to 31 July 2024.

Artists should submit their application via Jotform:


The Crinan Residency is open to new fine art graduates only, please see 'Who is eligible to apply?'

Any type of artwork is eligible, although you may note that Mall Galleries focuses on figurative art, especially painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing.

We encourage artists to apply who have not historically benefited from many opportunities to engage with us.

How to Apply

See below for the link to submit via Jotform from midday on 1 July 2024.

The form requires the following information:

• Your name, address, email, and telephone number

• Institution and course of study, and year of graduation (which must be 2024)

• A short statement (maximum 500 words) introducing yourself, your background, and what interests you about the Crinan Residency

• Three example images of your work (in JPEG or PNG format and under 5MB), including title, medium, and size

The deadline to submit is midday on 31 July.

The resident artist will be announced online and by email on 16 August, in time for the residency to take place between 18 and 25 September.

Selection Panel

The resident artist will be chosen by a panel of three selectors:

• Ross Ryan, artist, sailor and surfer

• Kate Towsey, artist and curator

• Alistair Redgrift, Fellow of the Royal Society of British Artists, Head of FBA Exhibitions at Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists

Looking at art school degree shows this summer, we have been struck by the strength of work. If you are a new graduate, please submit to the Crinan Residency so we might send you to the west coast of Scotland for a well-deserved week of exploration and inspiration!

Alistair Redgrift - Selector

Key Dates

Online submission opens: Monday 1 July 2024, 12 noon

Online submission closes: Wednesday 31 July, 12 noon

Winner announced: Friday 16 August, 12 noon, by email and on our website

Week-long residency begins: Wednesday 18 September

Week-long residency ends: Wednesday 25 September

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