CAIR: Phase 2

CAIR: Caithness Artists in Residence first launched in November 2020 as a new community arts initiative that connected artists and creative practitioners with Caithness communities. Led by Lyth Arts Centre and local community organisations, the first cohort of CAIR artists led projects across the county, developing creative responses to local problems, encouraging creative cultural activism and exploring an artist and community-led approach to recovery after coronavirus.

You can read more about the projects here

Following a period of learning, reflection and evaluation we are pleased to announce Phase 2 of the project. This will involve initiating eight new projects on a rolling basis, two at a time from January 2021 onwards. Each of these will run for 10 weeks and include 2 weeks research and development and 8 weeks of collaboration and delivery. 

Lyth Arts Centre are now looking to recruit the first two artists for the January – March 2022 period.  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. 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: 20 days (2 days a week for 10 weeks) Fee: £150 per day (total fee £3000) plus £800 materials budget



Call out released: Friday 12 November

Deadline for applications: Sunday 5 December

Shortlisting: Monday 6 December

Informal discussions with shortlisted artists: Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 December

Decisions: Friday 10 December

Start: January 2022

Finish: March 2022


To Apply

Please read the CAIR: Caithness Artists in Residence Call-Out which contains important information about the role and project. 

To apply, please complete the Google Form here by midnight on Sunday 5 December. 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 then please email


This project is funded by Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities and Creative Scotland Open Project Fund