The Haining RSA Image Gallery
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The Haining, Selkirk, Visual Artist Residency
as part of The Royal Scottish Academy Residencies scheme
June - October 2011
The RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Residencies for Scotland was an exciting, artist-led scheme that provided valuable opportunities for artists in partnership with over twenty diverse centres for artistic excellence across Scotland. Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis was on enabling a period of research, development and production. Artists could apply for funds of up to £5000 and were responsible for managing their own residency, in discussion with the partner venue.
Glasgow based artist Richard Walker was selected for the RSA Residency at The Haining.
“My initial proposal involved working from life using the local landscape. These smaller paintings were then to be used for developing large-scale paintings, which had been part of my practice up until then. On arrival at The Haining I worked outdoors in the landscape but also made use of the house itself when it rained. It soon became obvious that this interior work had more potential.
It was also a unique opportunity, in fact the furniture is no longer in the house, so it is a record of the house at a particular time as well as interesting subject matter.
…The residency was a wonderful experience, not only because it allowed me the freedom to create work and think critically about it. It also meant I could meet local people and explore an area of Scotland that I was unfamiliar with.”
Richard worked in The Haining at a time when the house itself was ‘in waiting’ – having been left to a Trust to develop, the house was still full of objects and furniture belonging to the previous owner – Andrew Nimmo Smith. Richard exhibited works produced during the residency locally, at The Robson Gallery in Selkirk, and subsequently at the Alexandre Gallery in New York (Nov 2012-2013).