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The Shannon Residency at Beinn Mhàbu offers artists the opportunity to live and explore their craft in Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Canada.


Artists are provided with meals, living accommodations, and a workspace for six weeks on Cape Breton’s beautiful western coast known for its living Gaelic culture and unspoiled beauty. (any additional fees not included through residency program.) The historic setting within a newly-renovated building — recognized for educational, community, and spiritual contributions, and beginning a new journey as a cultural education hub — provides a peaceful and reflective space, perfectly suited to the creation of new ideas or development of one’s craft. Opportunities exist to immerse oneself in the living Gaelic culture of the wider region, to engage with the student cohort of the Gaelic Foundations: Living Cultures program, and with North America’s only Gaelic immersion primary school, Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide.

Artists may be based within any medium – writing, poetry/song, visual arts, music, dance, craft, etc.

Proposals may focus on creative expression, research, education, collaborative explorations, etc., according to the artists' wishes. Proposals should demonstrate relevance to Gaelic culture in a Nova Scotia context and how they might contribute to the community of Mabou during their time here. 

Four terms, recurring each year:

  • January 7 – February 17, 2024

  • February 25 – April 6, 2024

  • September 8 – October 19, 2024

  • October 27 – December 7, 2024

To express interest in this new residency program, please contact or apply through the link below.


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