Artist Opportunities

CAIR: Caithness Artists in Residence Call-Out


CAIR: Caithness Artists in Residence is a brand new community arts initiative that connects artists and creative practitioners with distinct Caithness communities. Led by Lyth Arts Centre and local community organisations, this project will explore how LAC can work with artists and facilitate creative responses to local problems, encouraging creative cultural activism and prioritise an artist and community centric approach to recovery after coronavirus.


Lyth Arts Centre is looking to recruit five community artists in residence as part of the project. The Artists in Residence will be professional artists and creative practitioners that are based in Caithness, ideally in the communities they will be working with. Instead of a one-off workshop by a visiting artist, the Artists in Residence will work with their matched communities for an extended period of 7 months for at least one day a week.  The artists, communities and partners will co-design a bespoke programme of work that will explore local themes and issues. The residencies will be available to artists who are based in Caithness, or have a strong connection to the area or the communities they will be working with.


We are seeking proposals from professional artists who work in any art-form or medium and at any stage in their career.


Contract: 42 days (approximately 1.5 days a week for 7 months) plus 8 paid training / sharing / evaluation days.


Fee: £150 per day (total fee £7500) plus £2000 materials budget and a £500 training budget for each artist. There will also be travel expenses available. We are happy to discuss different payment schedules.




Call out released: Friday 6th November


Deadline for applications: Midday on Monday 23rd November


Shortlisting: Monday 23rd November – Tuesday 24th November


Informal discussions with shortlisted artists: Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 November


Decisions Communicated: Friday 27 November


Start: Mid- December for initial training and planning days and projects launch in January 2021


Finish: Projects finish June / July 2021


To Apply


Please read the Cair: Caithness Artists in Residence Call Out document here or view below. This contains important information about LAC, the role and project.


To apply, please complete the Google Form here by midday on Monday 23 November. You will need to login with a Google account. If you are unable to do this, for any reason, please email and we will send the questions via email.


If you require any support to make this opportunity more accessible to you, please please email


CAIR Caithness Artist in Residence Call Out FINAL V2


This project is funded by the Creative Communities Programme 2020-2021 and the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund.



LAC runs an ongoing programme of artist development. Find out more below



  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. FREELANCE FRIDAYS

    Freelance Fridays throw open the doors of Lyth Arts Centre to local creatives and freelancers in Caithness for a day of communal working. Here’s how it works; simply drop in anytime you like from 10am on selected Fridays, with whatever work you’d like to get done. We’ll provide the desks, power, wi-fi, tea and coffee.

    This is an opportunity to meet like-minded creatives and freelancers in Caithness, bounce around your ideas, have a chat with the Lyth Arts Centre staff, or simply just break the monotony of working from home! This is very relaxed, and you can be as vocal or as quiet as you like. We’ll open the bar at 5pm too to celebrate your hard work! No need to book in advance, just turn up.

    2020 Dates to be announced

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. STARTERS

    Starters – the little treat at the start of the night to whet your appetite for the main course! This a new platform for performers and artists to share 10-15 minutes of work ahead of a main performance. A chance to gain experience, test work in front of an audience and get professional

    Selected performances only.

    Got an idea you want to test? Get in touch here. 

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. SPACE

    We will provide up to 100 hours of free rehearsal space to selected local artists and performers throughout the year.

    Got a project you want to work on? Get in touch here.

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. RESIDENCIES

    We provide residency space and time throughout the year for artists across disciplines. Previous recent residency artists include Robbie Synge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Rafiki Jazz and Magnetic North. LAC is currently offering a paid residency opportunity with Imaginate – please click here for more info or see below.

    LAC provides the perfect space for a creative retreat to develop work as an individual or group in a beautiful and unique part of the Highlands. Residencies include accommodation and access to the theatre and sometimes dedicated technical, marketing or dramaturgical support from our team.

    To find out more, please get in touch with Charlotte or see our latest news for specific call-outs and opportunities.


    Throughout the year, we have several workshops and professional development opportunities on offer – provided by internationally renowned artists and companies who are visiting Lyth Arts Centre, or specially commissioned experts.

    Spring 2020 Workshops

    Walk the Oars Storytelling & Music Workshop – Saturday 29th Feb 

    Laura Johnston Scott Contemporary Dance Workshop – Thursday 5th – Friday 6th March

    Gaelic and Scots Song Workshop – Saturday 28th March 

    Writing for TV and Film Workshop – Saturday 18th April 

    Lubna Kerr: Comedy and Identity Workshop – Friday 8th May 

    More to be announced.


    If you are a local artist or practitioner who would like to deliver a workshop at Lyth Arts Centre, please get in touch.

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. CHAT

    If you have an exciting proposal for a new exhibition, or maybe a script you’d like to get on it’s feet, or even an idea for a new night of performance then please do come and have a chat with us! Tom, Charlotte and all the team at LAC are available to chat about ideas and advice – just get in touch!

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. CAITHNESS YOUNG COMPANY

    Caithness Young Company is an innovative and introductory project offering in-depth training for aspiring performers, directors, technicians and writers into the world of professional theatre. Led by Lyth Arts Centre, the programme of activity and work created by the young people will form part of our annual programme at the arts centre.

    Caithness Young Company will be free to access plus transport support. Young people will learn new techniques and work in collaboration with some of the most exciting professional artists in LAC’s programme.

    For more information on how to get involved please check our website or email