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Circus Artspace and Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA) are delighted to announce that artist Fionn Duffy will be taking up the Seed Bed residency; supported by Creative Scotland. Fionn will spend 3 weeks in an off-grid eco cabin sited in BIPA’s organic permaculture garden; exploring the question “how does a permaculture approach to land and integration with the arts give an alternative understanding of how we might relate to our surroundings? And why is this important now?”.


"We're really excited to be welcoming Fionn as our first Artist in Residence this April. For us, hosting this residency represents the culmination of several years of work and planning, and we can't wait to see Fionn's creative responses during her time here."  - Clive Brandon & Julie Plumridge, BIPA

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Images: Fionn Duffy; 'A Mineral Dance: Or How To Become Glass', film still, 2021 (photos: courtesy of Fionn Duffy)

Fionn Duffy uses objects, video and text to create spiraling narratives that explore ethical and ecological concerns at stake when considering the porous relationship between bodies and material. Often working in collaboration with artists, enthusiasts and researchers, and always teetering on the edge of failure, she re-frames cultural, mineral and historic research, bringing it into confrontation with current systems of production, ownership and ontological wrangling.


Fionn graduated from an MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2020. Recent work includes A Mineral Dance: Or How To Become Glass, a research project exploring the 18th century kelping industry and 20th century nuclear industry in Caithness and their legacies on our coastal regions through an attempt to make glass out of seaweed and sand. She considers practice as a continuous act of learning from material, landscapes and people. This means that every piece of work becomes a collaborative endeavor, be it with other humans, living beings or minerals.  Instagram @fionn000 


We had an amazing response to the open call; from artists working in a wide range of artforms across Scotland. This made the selection process challenging but incredibly interesting and humbling to read of the wealth of experience. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply for the Seed Bed residency.

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