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For 8 years, the municipality of Collioure invited, each year, two well established Scottish artists for a residency. 

In 2015, the accommodation ceased to be available so the residency programme for the time being has had to be terminated.



The residency was designed as a retreat - an opportunity for artists who are commercially and artistically recognized, to take a pause and away from everyday pressures to encapsulate themselves with their art, explore new stimuli and find new directions. This was a working trip to allow them time to immerse themselves in the place, the people, the light and the colour.  It was not a holiday. It was time to have the isolation to think, experiment, discover new stimuli, explore new territory and create a serious body of work which shows a development in their creative thinking and process. Towards the end of their stay they were required to give a demonstration of or an illustrated lecture to give the Collioure audience an understanding of their creative process and exploration of developing an idea towards a final resolution. After their return to Scotland they were expected to exhibit the work achieved at appropriate venue(s) in the UK and in France.


The Artist in Residence programme for 2015 is cancelled. Due in part to a lack of token support from Creative Scotland, the French authorities have decided to terminate this programme.

The two artists awarded a Collioure residency for 2014 are as follows:


GEORGE DONALD RSA, RSW - Like so many Scots, George has looked throughout his life to other cultures for adventure and inspiration.  He was born in India to a Scottish colonial family and can trace his childhood memories and dreams to those early years…overlaying them on his boyhood experiences in Aberdeen and his student years in London and Edinburgh. 

For many years he lectured in Drawing, Painting ad Printmaking at the Edinburgh College of Art and was director of an international Center offering BA level courses to students from all over the world. Donald’s art and his interest in other cultures have taken him all over the world. He has had travelled widely as an art lecturer: with the British Council in India and Korea and as a visiting artist/tutor in France (École des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg), Spain (Fundacio Miro in Mallorca), Japan, China, UAE and Use. He is currently adjunct professor in the Art Dept. University of Central Florida. He retired from full-time teaching in 2001. 

Despite his fondness for travel, he remains essentially a Scottish figurative colourist painter, rooted in European sensibilities.  His thematic material is situational and psychological.  He says: "I am more of a people watcher than a landscapist… but atmosphere and environments – the play of reality and recollected scenes – inform all of my imagery."

MARGARITA WILLIAMS - Margarita is a Gaelic speaker and lives and works in the village where she was born on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides where her family have lived for many generations,  Her painting expresses the wild beauty and drama of her unique, varied landscape, its changing light on sea, land, crofting environment and its many wild flowers. "Each day is the start of a new adventure in using watercolour, my preferred medium. I also enjoy mixing media and the technique of Japanese woodblock printing."

She lives largely outside the mainstream art establishment, but her paintings go to all corners of the world and her work has been shown at the Royal Scottish Academy.  She graduated at the Glasgow School of Art and then worked for many years as an Art Teacher in Central Scotland, including working with children with special needs before returning to teach on the islands of Harris and Lewis.  In 2009 she opened her own gallery and became a full time artist.

She says that the opportunity in Collioure: "To paint in a completely different environment, close to the sea and hills, but in such differing light and weather conditions, will be tremendous and challenging, and will, I hope take my work in a new direction."

Artists who have been awarded residencies include :

2007 James Morrison RSA, RSW, D.Univ, FICS Montrose
2007 Douglas Davies RSW    Symington
2008 George Devlin RSQ, RGI, RBA, ROI, ARWS, FRSA   Glasgow
2008 Glen Scouler RGI  Darvel
2009 Jock MacInnes RGI    Kilmarnock
2009 Simon Laurie RSW, RGI    Glasgow
2010 John Caldwell Brown, RSW    Edinburgh
2010 Michael Durning   West Kilbride
2011 Jacqueline Watt    Edinburgh
2011 Mary Bachelor  Rhu
2012 Bill MacArthur Sanday, Orkney
2012 Frank Convery Brechin
2013 Frances Macdonald Crinan
2013 Jacqueline Orr RSW Glasgow
2014 George Donald Grant Duns
2014 Margarita Williams Isle of Harris