Artist in Residence Opportunity- Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

The National Library of Scotland will be developing an artist-in-residence programme, where different artists will be invited to explore the collections and their context to inspire new works and interpretations, and to compose new pieces. This could be any type of artist, who will be invited to research the sound archives and open up the collections to new audiences.  Part of the artist’s outcomes will be to work with different community partner(s), in Scotland, so that they are involved as part of the journey, in exploring and selecting items from the collections and contributing to outcomes. For this first residency, a collection of birdsong, interviews with ornithologists and ornithological conference proceedings from the Scottish Ornithologist’s Club will be the source material.

The programme will aim:

•          To inspire new works and interpretations, and compose new pieces

•          For the artist to engage community partner(s) and special interest groups with their artistic practice and take part in a range of creative workshops using the archival audio

•          To work with community partner(s) and special interest groups to select and interpret recordings


We are therefore inviting experienced artists to devise, deliver and evaluate workshops aimed at engaging with community partner(s) and special interest groups, to inspire new works and interpretations and to feature some of the resulting new pieces and outcomes at public events in 2020 and 2021, with the aim of promoting the sound collections.

The aim of the workshops will be to engage the general public with the sound collections and to inspire their use in new creative works.

There is no restriction on media or approach, but all must be suitable and risk assessed to be safe to use within the project, with all those involved.

This is a collaborative project that must clearly reflect the involvement and influence of the participants and the community partner(s), so that it is valued and its outcomes both locally and nationally recognised.

As more recordings are digitised and more information discovered, we would anticipate that as the project develops the topics of focus might change, so there is an expectation that the artists involved can respond flexibly and positively to any new material.

Further Details and How to Apply

All details and an application form can be found on the National Library of Scotland website

Deadline: 12pm on the 15th September 2019

For enquiries please contact; Jeni Park UOSH Hub Project Manager;