A brand new hybrid residency exchange between Morag Macpherson and Tellas launching in 2023.

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Image - clothing by Morag Macpherson (photo by Kim Ayres)
Image - clothing by Morag Macpherson (photo by Kim Ayres)

This collaborative residency exchange will see Upland member Morag Macpherson join forces with international artist, Tellas, through a brand-new hybrid residency model of part-remote and part-physical working.

The project aims to allow a flexible approach which enables a period of remote working followed by a short physical residency. Upland hopes this will allow Upland members to work with international artists and makers in subsequent projects and residencies.



Morag Macpherson (Kirkcudbright) and Tellas, based in Sardinia, have joined forces again, after their collaboration for Spring Fling Rural Mural in 2016. This time the artists will use mixed media methods to create a new series of artworks inspired by the merging of their own styles.

During the residency, the artists will welcome the public into their working space to discover the process and chat with the artists, culminating in a short exhibition of the finished work.

Drop-ins: 1-4pm, Sunday 23rd April and 6-8pm, Wednesday 26th April

Exhibition: Thursday 27-Sunday 30th April, 10am till 4pm, Sunday 11-3pm.

Ottersburn Gallery, 2a Nith Avenue, Dumfries, DG1 1EF




Collaboration / Residency between Morag Macpherson and Tellas.

Morag and Tellas worked together previously on the successful Spring Fling Rural Mural 2016 project (an Upland project led by Recoat). Tellas, based in Sardinia, teamed up with Kirkcudbright-based Morag Macpherson to create a mural on a large steading near the A75. The mural is a colourful mix of organic shapes inspired by the sea and areas of solid colour that refl­ect the colours of the Dumfries and Galloway skies. The mural is still in existence and can be viewed easily from the roadside. The reciprocal mural was created at The Toffee Factory in Newcastle and is unfortunately no longer in existence.

The collaboration turned out to be one of the most successful of the project and led to Morag submitting a proposal to Upland to further develop the relationship. This proposal was made via Upland’s membership proposal scheme, which enables Upland members to put forward ideas for future projects.

About the Artists:

Tellas' work is a personal and intimate vision of the natural elements defining the landscape of Sardinia, where he grew up and has now returned. He creates using various art forms including: drawing, painting, printing techniques, installations and audio-video production. His artistic production also includes significant partnerships with important Italian fashion brands, including Ferragamo and Marni. In particular, the multiple collaborations with Marni resulted in the documentary A grande terra do Sertão, presented at the 56th Venice Biennale.
Besides Rome, Palermo and other Italian cities, some of his latest public artworks can be found in Atlanta (USA), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Delhi (India), Montreal (Canada) and Kaohsiung (Taiwan). Tellas’ work is represented by Wunderkammern Gallery in Rome and Magma Gallery in Bologna.

Morag Macpherson is an ex graphic designer from Glasgow, Morag embraced digital printing in the early days of its arrival in the textile industry. She has her own line of artwear clothing and limited edition fashion and interior accessories. Morag has exhibited internationally and been commissioned by Hyatt Hotels as well as many US residential interiors. She is the founder of a local Artists & Makers Co-operative in her adopted home outside Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway where she has built up significant experience of delivering a range of creative projects in the local community.


This project is supported by Creative Scotland.