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partners: Scotland's artist residency programme

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partners is an initiative giving communities with little experience of the arts new opportunities to engage with professional artists by providing opportunities for high quality participation in the arts for hard to reach groups, through artist(s)/arts organisation(s) residencies across Scotland.

The partners programme aims to provide quality and depth of engagement. Evidence gathered during our recent evaluation demonstrated that partners has developed a model of support that is particularly well suited to engaging hard to reach groups where more sustained involvement over time helps to build trust and encourage participation. It also offers the opportunity for quality and depth of community engagement.

The partners programme is open to all forms of art and can support individual artists and artistic companies such as dance or theatre companies. As part of the residency, artist(s)/arts organisation(s) also have time to develop their own work.

Objectives/Purpose of fund

The purpose of the partners programme is:

  • to increase the quality and depth of participation in the arts amongst key target groups that are currently under-represented
  • to provide artist(s)/arts organisation(s) with opportunities to develop their practice through high quality funded residency projects

partners: Scotland's artist residency programme documents

The deadline for this fund has passed, but a second deadline in 2010 is to be announced. To be kept informed of any announcements, please sign up for Funding Update emails.

In addition to existing Lottery funds, the partners: Scotland’s Artist Residency Programme has received an additional £500,000 investment over two years from the Creative Scotland Innovation fund to support innovative residencies for artists to work with communities in education, health and the environment.

The partners programme is to support a wide range of organisations to work in partnership with other organisations and agencies to develop a diverse range of high quality artist residencies where the artist(s)/arts organisation(s) work in collaboration with a local community in Scotland.  These residencies can range from 6 months to 2 years, can be multiple residencies and are designed to provide a period of reasonable financial security and time for artists to develop their own work. 

To help support artist’s develop their own work, we would expect that approximately 50% of the residency time should be allocated for this, where it is distinct from the project they are engaged in with the community.

partners: Scotland's artist residency programme Evaluation

In early 2009, the Scottish Arts Council published details of a large scale evaluation of the partners, Scotland's artist residency programme which was funded by the National Lottery, and ran from 2004 to 2007. 

If you would like information on the evaluation read  the summary report (pdf).

partners: Information for awarded projects

Useful information for awarded projects

partners logos and guidelines

Please note -- you must credit the Scottish Arts Council partners programme -- this applies to all areas including recruitment and project ads, posters, publications, leaflets, project emails.

Please read the guidance on using the logos before downloading.

More on partners

Browse through this section to find:

  • archive of links to projects previously funded through the partners scheme
  • features of projects funded through the partners scheme
  • a notices page with news and opportunities relevant to the partners programme

partners: Scotland's Artist Residency Programme is supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.

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