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Berneray-based artist Meg Rodger has been selected for a Royal Scottish Academy residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh.

She will now embark on an 18-month Royal Scottish Academy digital residency with UistFilm at Taigh Chearsabhagh. This will produce a short artist’s film exploring concentric cycles of time: annual, universal and infinite; archaeology; ecology (human/non-human); astronomy; and our evolving relationship with space.

The new body of work will develop concepts relating to metaphysical cosmology, appreciating humanity’s deep and enduring aspiration to comprehend the universe – bridging the gap between science and philosophical enquiry. 

Meg will also have an art residency at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh during the winter to accessthe latest scientific advances in astronomy relating to topics such as: distant galaxies, dark matter and black holes. She aspires to explore and discuss with ROE astronomers the philosophical concept of the universe is not just a physical phenomenon but a complex tapestry of empirical, theoretical and transcendent threads. 

Rodger’s research will consider the dawn of astronomical science, specifically that from Mesopotamia, now present-day Iraq, Syria and Iran. Additionally, she intends to consult Sumerian and Babylonian mathematics and astronomical computations dating back to 3000 BCE. She aspires to highlight this region’s complex and highly developed early scientific culture through this creative practice.

The artistic output will consider how exploration of the universe has always been at the forefront of human curiosity, driving us to understand not just the physical realm but also the deeper, more elusive aspects of existence.

Taigh Chearsabhagh intends to host an exhibition of the resultant work in 2026.