Interdisciplinary Residency

We are delighted to be hosting an interdisciplinary residency organised by Dr Emily Doolittle, of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Emily is a Canadian composer and zoomusicologist. This retreat is for academics and artists from the Royal Conservatoire and St Andrews University (and their collaborators) but will be a pilot for future artist residencies at Upper Woodburn.

SHARE (Science, Humanities and Arts Research Exchange), November 7-11, 2022

SHARE (Science, Humanities and Arts Research Exchange) is delighted to announce our first interdisciplinary residency, to be held November 7-11, 2022, at Upper Woodburn Cottages (near Milton of Campsie). Applications are due by August 10, 2022 at 17:00, and successful applicants will be notified before September 1, 2022.

Eligibility: This SHARE Residency is open to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St Andrews staff, postgraduate students, and recent graduates, and their collaborators, who are doing interdisciplinary work between arts and non-arts fields (including, but not limited to, the humanities, sciences, engineering and medicine). Applicants can be individuals doing interdisciplinary work or collaborative teams.

Purpose: The purpose of this residency is to give artists and researchers time and space to work on interdisciplinary projects which include both arts and non-arts fields. You can be at any stage of your project, from brainstorming to completion, and the project can take any artistic, academic, and/or non-academic form(s). This residency is best suited to those looking for a mix of individual/team working time, discussion with other residents and guests, and opportunities for informal work-sharing.

This residency will provide: – Four nights in one of the cottages at Upper Woodburn (in a private or shared room, with a shared or en suite bathroom, and shared kitchen space)

  • Four nights in one of the cottages at Upper Woodburn (in a private or shared room, with a shared or en suite bathroom, and shared kitchen space)
  • Meals from lunch on November 7 through lunch on November 11. Ingredients will be provided for breakfast and lunch, and dinner will be catered. Arrival on November 6 and departure on November 12 may be possible with pre-arrangement
  • Individual or shared working spaces
  • Woodland setting
  • Workshop and discussion with experienced interdisciplinary facilitator(s) (names TBA)
  • Opportunities to share your work informally with other residents and with the local community
  • A potential Exchange Talk, performance, or exhibit organised by RCS Research and Knowledge Exchange; a potential talk, performance or exhibit at St Andrews organised by St Leonard’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Travel costs (public transport or mileage) from Glasgow or St Andrews

Applicants: In selecting our successful applicants, we will prioritize those who will benefit from both the individual and/or collaborative working time and the opportunities for research sharing and discussion. We will also try to balance arts and research areas, RCS and St Andrews affiliation, and applicants at different stages of their careers. (A rejection should not be seen as a negative assessment of the quality of your work). We will be able to accept between 7 and 10 applicants.

Accessibility: Upper Woodburn is in a hilly, wooded location, with a gravel road. Two of the accommodations are wheelchair accessible, with accessible bathrooms. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated. If you have any access needs (related to disability, neurodiversity, caregiving responsibilities, dietary requirements, etc.), please contact to see if these can be accommodated.

Application Deadline: The deadline for application is August 10, 2022 at 17:00. The selection panel will include members of RCS and St Andrews staff, as well as the owners of Upper Woodburn. Successful applicants will be notified by September 1, 2022.

Completed applications should be sent to

We do hope you will consider making an application. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for more information!

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