In response to current socio-political unrest, this forthcoming one-week residency will utilise the remote environment of Eilean Shona to explore the charged idea of ‘safe space’. The week long programme is intended - not as a comprehensive examination of what we consider to be 'safe space' - but rather as a series of provocations from selected contributors who will consider the term within different specialisms, experiences, environments and communities.

Twelve participants will be selected from an open call to take part in the residency.

As well as time and space to develop individual ideas, participants will be invited to take part in workshops, activities, talks and discussions led by contributors including Under the Moon, Dr. Sarah Rugheimer, Madison Moore and Tai Shani. Two more contributors will be announced in the next weeks.

Specific Information
Participants will be provided with accommodation and basic meals during the week, however we advise participants to bring specialist foods and additional luxury items with them.

The island is located off the west coast of Scotland. The closest main land point is Castle Tioram. Participants will need to make their way to Castle Tioram where you will be collected by a small boat to get to the island.

Castle Tioram is only accessible by car. Shona Projects will offer individual travel stipends to help with transport costs, and will arrange lifts/car shares where possible once final participants are selected.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements or questions please email us at:

Application details
If you would like to take part in the upcoming residency please send a document outlining your interest, containing information about yourself and why you want to take part in the programme. The document can be presented in any format, but must be a maximum size of one side of A4.

You may also apply by moving image, to do so please send a link to the video (hosted on Youtube, Vimeo etc) with a cover email. The maximum duration for moving image applications is 2 minutes.



Further information
Shona Projects is co-directed by Emma McIntyre and Matilda Strang. Shona Projects is focused on developing an active and collective experience to consider selected themes and share cross-discipline knowledge, ideas, inspirations and skills.

Shona Projects is funded by Creative Scotland and receives in-kind support for accommodation on Eilean Shona.