Other similar (mainland) projects have shown providing high quality, custom built working space increases productivity, reduces isolation, and offers tenants the opportunity to share costs, collaborate and pitch for work jointly. Time spent as a visiting artist-in-residence can motivate, transform and inspire creative practice, and bring new skills and perspective to a local community.
For island-based artists and creative businesses, Eigg Box means somewhere better to work, companionship and creative collaboration and a working environment with fewer distractions and more focus than the kitchen table! Eigg Box also offers the chance to share everything from skills and ideas, to the electricity bill, marketing and training.
For Eigg it means new and more diverse island businesses, providing much needed local employment, helping retain and grow our population and providing community benefit.
For visiting artists, Eigg Box means coming to join a vibrant and supportive group of like-minded creative souls and experience Eigg community life. It offers artists the chance not just to work in a different (and very beautiful) place, but also engage with the Eigg community, with ideas, issues and concepts that are out of their norm and challenge perspectives on what living on an island is all about. At the end of the day, we all live on an island, Eigg is just a bit smaller!