Glòria Coll Domingo : Poet in Residence

Glòria Coll Domingo is a Catalan poet and musician in residence at MERZ. Her work as a poet has been awarded several prizes: Amadeu Oller for unpublished young poets, Miquel Martí i Pol from University UPC and recently this year the prestigious Jocs Florals, a contest with centuries of history. Glòria has published, so far,... Read More

Jennifer Printz : Artist in Residence

Jennifer Printz has been in residency at MERZ since mid-June arriving from Miami, Florida, USA  with funding from Florida International University where she is an assistant professor of studio art. Bringing photographic imagery printed onto Washi, thin Japanese paper, Jennifer worked on a series of mixed-media drawings carefully laying down graphite and coloured pencil to create... Read More

Daniel Printz : Writer in Residence

Daniel Printz has been finishing his latest novel, “Nuances of Death in Real-Time” while in residence at MERZ throughout late June and July. The book focuses on the very bold but often contemplated subject of death. In this video, Daniel discusses the book’s three merging storylines that approach the theme of mortality from various viewpoints... Read More

Lisa Hall : Sound Artist Residency

Lisa Hall arrived at MERZ for her two week residency with a heavy wheeled suitcase and a smallish rucksac: the suitcase carried a panoply of sound recording, manipulation and playing equipment. In this clip Lisa outlines some of the research as well as practical projects she’s been working on at ZIPStudio and Tadpole on the... Read More

Olivia Irvine : Work starts on the fresco at MERZ

Olivia Irvine has begun work on her fresco at MERZ. Working with her mentor Isabelle, Zoomed in from France, Olivia started preparing the rough-cast coats of plaster. This work ahead of a week’s residency with Isabelle in July. This short clip outlines the process involved.

Anna Seisian : Clothing Designer

Arriving recently from Ukraine, Anna Seisian is a clothing designer and maker living for the meantime at MERZ. Anna designs and makes clothes and will be setting up her business in Sanquhar with the help of local trades and support of A’ the Airts community arts centre. Anna is looking for outlets for her clothing... Read More


World Collage Day at MERZ offered the opportunity for curator Denise Zygadlo to bring to Scotland an exhibition from Ireland. Empty Columns: a place to dream was conceived by Ric Kasini Kadour for a festival in the mid Ireland town of Birr. With the local community arts centre in Sanquhar MERZ provided an outlet for... Read More

Photography in Place Residency at MERZ

CALL TO ARTISTS Photography in Place Residency A week-long, in-person residency at MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland designed for artists working with photography who seek to engage with place in their practice. Using the rural community of Sanquhar, Scotland as a laboratory, artists will spend a week making artwork; learning about the place, its people,... Read More

Collage Artist Residency Scotland

CALL TO ARTISTS Collage Artist Residency: Scotland At MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland. Designed by Kolaj Institute for collage artists, professional development sessions focus on artist practice: topics include Collage as Artist Practice; Sourcing Materials, Copyright, Appropriation; Developing Materials; Collage in Presentation. During the residency, artists will make an artwork that will be exhibited at... Read More

Kym Coratin : Artist in Residence

Kym Coratin is a student at the Open College for the Arts and was in residence from March through April. Kym wrote:- The opportunity to connect with other artists staying here – creatively and socially. Superb surroundings – inspiring/awesome landscape, wonderful walking area – a place to connect with nature – and train station 5... Read More

John Quirk & Helen Woolston : Play

John Quirk and Helen Woolston have been animators in residence at MERZ since mid-January. John is completing his masters at the Estonia Academy of Arts, from which Helen graduated recently. At MERZ they have been working with the Board Game Club centre at A’ the Airts community, developing puppetry and animation. Helen has been exploring... Read More

PLAY : John Quirk and Helen Woolston

John Quirk and Helen Woolston are animators in residence at MERZ, working with local kids and on their own projects. Their exhibition and films will be shown in the MERZ Gallery at the end of March. “Meet strange beings inspired by Crawick fungi! Test the first video-game set in a fantastical reimagining of Sanquhar!  See... Read More
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