The Hawick Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is seeking artists, makers, or craftspeople to deliver a co-created community art project that celebrates the unique heritage of Hawick.

Hawick CARS is a partnership project developed with Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland, offering grant support towards the repair works of traditional buildings (pre-1919) to conservation standards, as well as supporting complementary initiatives to increase understanding of the town’s rich heritage and promotion of traditional skills.

The appointed artist/maker will work with the community of Hawick, Hawick CARS officers, and local residents to collectively imagine and co-design a permanent piece of community art.

They will also play a leading role in co-designing a series of community workshops and engagement events.

The residency will be over 12 months, starting in February 2024 and concluding in March 2025, providing an opportunity to develop new connections and learn about the impact of heritage on communities.

Artists and makers of any discipline are encouraged to apply, and the successful candidate must be based within easy travelling distance of Hawick to ensure a good connection to the local area.

Councillor Scott Hamilton, Executive Member for Community and Business Development, said: “This residency presents a fantastic opportunity for community groups and local residents to work together in collaboration with the artist to craft a project that both acknowledges and highlights the rich history and heritage of the town. I urge those who meet the criteria to apply for the position and make a lasting and positive impact on the town that will hopefully remain for generations to come.”

Once complete, a community and stakeholder celebration event will take place, marking the end of the Hawick CARS project.

Artists/makers looking for more information or wishing to apply for the residency should contact

Notes of interest should be submitted no later than Monday 13 November 2023, with the application deadline being Monday 18 December 2023.