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  • Writer's pictureAnna Kirk-Smith

Off to the Highlands, thanks to St Hugh's Foundation for the Arts.

Having been given the 2021 Claire Peasnall Memorial Award from St Hughes Foundation for the Arts, I am in the final stages of planning and packing for a month camping and painting in Scotland's remote North West Highlands, taking a journey from Durness down the coast through to Ardnamurchan and Skye. During this time and through my experiences working in the field, I am hoping to reframe my ideas around landscape painting and completely re-examine my practice. It's time for an overhaul and much unlearning. This time I am thankfully unimpeded by the need to fulfill a specific brief or set of pre-determined outcomes: such is the refreshing freedom of the St Hugh's approach to supporting artists.

This will be a short post as I'm slightly overwhelmed by the piles of as-yet-unpacked art materials, Smidge canisters, tick-deterrents, multiple maps and easy-cook rice sachets that all need to find a practical home in one rucksack or another.

Should you feel the urge to do similar, a source of information on responsible camping in Scotland is here:

If you would like to get a more in depth exploration into my practice (both sucesses and cock-ups) or updates on my journey, then please do join my mailing list here.

Wish me luck, it could get messy.

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