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Farewell Glasgow | Looking back on my residency at the CCA

I closed the door to my studio-flat at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) for the last time yesterday morning after an intense and productive three month residency.

I left Montreal in search of my seal skin. I’m returning with a wedding dress in my suitcase! In the interval, I hopscotched from loch to loch across Scotland, learned to negotiate tricky single track roads and to appreciate single malt Scotch, got naked in the cold, rain and wind on more than one occasion…

My eyes took in magnificent scenery and my memory cards filled up with new material. Enough to keep me busy for a while still, finalizing post-production on my images and figuring out how to present them alongside installation ideas brewing in my head.

What a privilege this experience of time away from normal time and space has been. I will always be grateful to the CCA and to the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ) for having made it possible. I am now ready to come home, not quite a new woman, yet not quite the same one either.


  1. Aine Scannell on 4 August 2018 at 13 h 10 min

    Hi there Catherine- as I just came across my Selkie image on your website – I thought I would say hello. Sounds like you enjoyed your residency in Glasgow……….!!

  2. Catherine Rondeau on 6 December 2018 at 0 h 28 min

    Hello Aine. I somehow didn’t see your comment until now, vey sorry about the late late reply…
    Yes, I included your lovely Selkie drawing with credits in a previous post about my residency. I had seen it on exhibit at the Trongate in Glasgow and tried, in vain, to contact you. I’m guessing your website wasn’t yet online? Anyway, very glad you found me through my post!
    And yes, the residency experience was formidable. I’m taking more time than initially expected to finish the post-production work on my selkie project – just opened a big show and launched two photo books last weekend – but I’m looking forward to being ready to share that body of work.
    Do you have other selkie related work?