Residencies

MERZ Self-Funded Residencies are available from 2020 onwards

MERZ – Living Accommodation and Workspaces

In the last year MERZ has grown and now includes MoMA, Sanquhar (Museum of Model Art), ZIPStudio for local and visiting artists, the art-houses dedicated to Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Höch for short stays (with kitchen, shower and toilet), a second small studio with accommodation (Tadpole), a pop up cinema/further exhibition or studio space (кино) an unheated studio (FURTH) and sculpture green in addition to the work-shed and yard around the MERZ gallery and Bothy. 

The MERZ and MoMA sites are 100 metres apart and span Sanquhar Cultural Quarter, with its community arts centre, Tolbooth Museum, bakers, greengrocers, hotel, art-shop and newsagents.

MERZ provides a selection of living accommodation and workspace to suit various needs.

Our Self-funded Residencies are priced on a four-weekly basis. Appropriate studio space is available at no extra cost, and is allocated by availability and suitability. Shorter residencies may be arranged on an individual basis.

Living Accommodation includes:

  • The Bothy – A self-contained living space for up to four people. A raised double bed and storage accessible by ladder, a fold down double bed on ground level, wet-room plus toilet, living space, kitchen and utilities, TV, WiFi, wheelchair accessible. Studio by arrangement. Available from September 2020.

£1000 per four weeks (equivalent to £36/night)

  • The Snug – A cosy room in the flat adjacent to the MERZ office with an elevated double bed reached by ladder, an en-suite toilet with shower, desk, sitting space, TV, WiFi and access to a shared kitchen. Maximum of two people but more suited to an individual. Would be ideal for a writer/architect/graphic designer/illustrator if no studio (or only a shared studio space) required. Available from Spring 2020.

£800.00 per four weeks (equivalent to £29/night)

  • The Bothy – A self-contained living space for up to 4 people. A raised double bed and storage accessible by ladder, a fold down double bed on ground level, wet room shower, living space, kitchen and utilities, TV, WiFi, wheelchair accessible. Appropriate studio/workshop allocated by arrangement. Available from September 2020.

£1000 per four weeks (equivalent to £36/night)

  • The Tadpole – Studio accommodation with a raised bed, studio space underneath, kitchen/utility area, en-suite shower, TV, WiFi, wood-burning stove. Suitable for maximum two people. Additional studio space available on request. Available from Spring/Summer 2020.

£1000 per four weeks (equivalent to £36/night)

Studios/Workspaces include:

  • MERZ Gallery/Workshop – the stand alone former lemonade factory. Indoor space suitable for printing/drawing/writing/research and for exhibition. Includes a shower room with toilet and sink and small kitchen area. Electricity provided by solar panels, heating by a wood burning stove.
  • Work-shed – There is an outdoor shed with electricity, power tools and equipment available to use, suitable for woodworking/sculpting with a lean-to and yard for outdoor working.
  • FURTH – An unheated ‘indoor outdoor’ space. A former garage with a tall ceiling, concrete floor, electricity. Would suit sculpture, pottery or other ‘messy’ creative activities.
  • ZIPStudio – a shared studio space, gas central heating – suitable for small scale work.
  • кино – open plan downstairs area in a former engineers’ workshop. This space is for pop-up cinema/screenings (nine seats), short-run exhibitions or as a day-to-day studio. With two small bedrooms, kitchen, shower room and toilet the living accommodation is for occasional use for visitors to MERZ. Available Spring 2020.

Exhibition/Display

  • (as above) MERZ Gallery/Workshop suitable for on-going public displays
  • MoMA, Sanquhar – a small museum with an emphasis (as suggested!) on ‘models’, architectural and design or for ‘unrealised and imagined proposals conceived in miniature’
  • Sculpture Green – for display of large outdoor work (murals, sculpture and the art-houses) in a publicly accessible part of Sanquhar’s conservation area and Cultural Quarter
  • (as above) кино is suitable for short term pop-up displays/screenings/exhibitions with over-night accommodation (by arrangement) 

The art-houses

  • Two Polish n-126 caravans converted into art-houses (Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Höch). Sitting on the sculpture green the art-houses are suitable for an immersive overnight/short term visit with access to kitchen, toilet and shower facilities. Suitable (comfortably) for two, each art-houses was reconfigured by contemporary artists Amy Marletta, Denise Zygadlo, Dougie Sharpe and David Rushton to extrapolate the legacy of these two important artists who reflected critically on the crisis in Europe 100 years ago.  

£40.00 per night 

For further enquiries contact Jess at hello@merz.gallery

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 www.artinscotland.tv, 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.  

Recommendation

Jason Maraconi, artist from New York stayed June-July 2019

My time at MERZ was equally peaceful and productive. The facilities, town and landscape lent themselves to a restful experience, in perfect contrast to daily life in NYC. The staff were supportive in my ventures and warm in greeting me into the community. They helped supply art materials, tools and promotional material that I will continue to use after my time here. It is a great space to regenerate, create and present artistic work.

Ongoing Self-Funded Residency Program

Type of organisation

  • Artist-run

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

  • Travel
  • Accommodation in Bothy
  • Supplies/materials
  • Food

Application

  • Open call

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

Workshop/Gallery 

  • 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

PAUL HOWARD

I thought I’d drop you a line to say that my work was selected for one of the satellite exhibitions
in this year’s Venice Biennale … it was an honour to have been selected, and I don’t think it
would have happened without the MERZ residency at the beginning of the year.
So thank you again for the opportunity.