We run a series of annual residencies, bringing socially and environmentally-engaged artists to the River Tweed. Residencies may be focused on research or production, embedded in a community or river-related organisation.

Our current artists in residence are:

Sam Laughlin

Sam Laughlin, Untitled from Spinning Away (2023)

Upper Tweed: Sam Laughlin
June – September, 2024

Sam Laughlin is a British visual artist primarily concerned with intricate natural processes, patterns and cycles. Mainly utilising large format black and white photography, his work is characterised by sustained and informed engagement with the natural world - things which occur slowly and a slow way of looking at them.

Sam is engaging with the developing ecology of Borders Forest Trust's Wild Heart sites through an extended period of creative research and practice.

Coleman and Hodges

Coleman and Hodges, Field Station: Here. Participatory walk and installation. VARC (2022)

Middle Tweed: Coleman and Hodges
May – October, 2024

Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges are public artists based in Dumfries and Galloway. They have a shared arts practice that investigates ecological and socio-cultural systems, processes, relationships and change. They are interested in research, experimentation and collaboration. Their wide-ranging working methods include film, performance, visual art and installation.

Coleman & Hodges are exploring the pathways of the middle section of the River Tweed. Their research area is ‘walking' - how we encounter the world on foot.

Annie Lord, Grower Portraits. Text on illustrated apple wrappers. 2021

Annie Lord, Grower Portraits. Text on illustrated apple wrappers. 2021

Lower Tweed
July – September, 2024

Annie Lord is an artist and writer based in Midlothian. Her practice encompasses collaborative, socially engaged projects, visual artworks and creative non-fiction writing. She is fascinated by how we interact with the physical world – transforming plants, animals, and minerals into objects of artistic, scientific and domestic value.

Annie is exploring the newly restored Berwick Bridge in its 400th year, revealing alternative histories of the site.