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The Residency at MERZ

Brief Description
MERZ occupies the former lemonade factory in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The site includes the self-contained Bothy residency, the adjoining 60m sq workshop/gallery, a tool shed and store set around a brick paved yard beside a small wooded area. MERZ offers a quiet setting close to the centre of a small rural town in Upper Nithsdale.

MERZ provides residencies for artists, authors, makers and architects. The Bothy is a flexible living space for two (with a mezzanine for a further two). The workshop/gallery enables artists to make new work and run workshops and seminars. The adjacent A’ the Airts community arts centre offers a fifty seat theatre/cinema with café and can be booked for larger public gatherings.

Sanquhar is on the rail line between Glasgow and Dumfries.
The area has a thriving network of artists, makers and authors. Local schools and community organisations have been engaged in projects at MERZ. MERZ can involve Summerhall TV, who film arts-news clips and documentaries for, social media and local TV channels in Scotland and abroad.

MERZ is a not for profit centre. Grants are not available and the monthly fee for the workshop/gallery and accommodation (and filming where required) compare favourably with local commercial rates.

MERZ workshop and accommodation is also wheelchair accessible.

Residency Program to commence Spring 2018

Type of organisation

Residency Conditions
Two weeks to two months

Number of Artists resident at one time
One, a couple or a small family (maximum four)
Expenses paid by artist
Accommodation in Bothy

Open call if stimulated by reading ABOUT on our site

Selection procedure
To achieve a balance of pursuits and local/artistic engagements throughout the year which engage with local artists and/or the community

Description of residency
19th century brick paved former Aerated Water factory
Historic rural town in Upper Nithsdale in South West Scotland
Domestic Resources Self-contained building
Kitchen with fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker and hob
Living and sleeping area
WiFi with TV reception
Wet room with shower etc

With toilet, shower and kitchen area for exclusive use of the resident (or otherwise by arrangement)

Other activities happening in the workshop/gallery space
None unless by arrangement with the artist

How to reach
By train
From London via Carlisle to Sanquhar
From Glasgow to Sanquhar

By plane
Glasgow airport, bus to Glasgow then train

Nearest airport

By car