Courage – Inspiration – From the Heart

Part of the Marchmont family; the Marchmont Makers Foundation is a charity whose goal is to support creative exploration.

Our Aims
We are charged with making grants, donations or gifts to individuals and organisations who share our ambitions.

We are currently in partnership with The Samling Institute, Visual Arts Scotland and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland amongst others, and welcome approaches from like-minded organisations.

Our key focus areas for supporting artists are:

  • Funded residencies in the Marchmont  Creative Spaces.
  • Providing opportunities and places to nurture creativity in the local community.
  • Enabling access to creative opportunities that would not otherwise happen.
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Latest News

May 1st 2022

In celebration of the artist and musician Rory McEwen (1932 – 1982) who turned two cottages in Fogo, near Marchmont, into studios we are creating a special Artist Residency programme in his memory, with the first awards to be made this summer.

His extraordinary artistry: manifested in music, painting and sculpture is a symbol for the creative DNA of the McEwen family and the community they built at Marchmont. We are grateful for any support you can o!er as we forge a new artistic and creative ecosystem.

The programme will support those wishing to focus upon specific projects and those aiming to develop new ideas without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. This is enhanced through a series of events designed to promote discussion between all the artists in our community.


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The aim is to raise £5000 via a special Just Giving page which is now live. We are grateful for any support you can offer in helping us create this special programme.

Applications will be via an ‘Open Call’ to ensure as many artists as possible have the opportunity to participate.

Apply for support
We seek open calls for our residency opportunities at Marchmont Creative Spaces.

We have a limited annual budget and so cannot assure you of support, but we hope to grow in our funds to deploy, both through corporate partnerships and through our own resources.

To apply for funds please complete our application form which can be downloaded by clicking here..

Applications will be considered at our quarterly Trustee meeting. You will receive a decision within two months after our next meeting following the application.

Meeting dates for 2022 are: 16th June, 7th September and 7th December.

Successful applications will show Persuasion, Inspiration and Purpose via our Inspiration Score which is graded by our Trustees, rating each of the following criteria out of five:


  • Quality and Excellence
  • Open Opportunity based on talent
  • Create life changing/long term or significant impact
  • Create an opportunity that might not otherwise exist
Our ultimate goal, as part of the Marchmont family, is to support sustainable creativity, so we also value entrepreneurial flair and the ability for the individuals and enterprises we support to stand on their own two feet.

January 22nd 2022

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lucy Brown as our first Managing Director.

A qualified solicitor, Lucy has a wide range of experience in the arts sector and joins us having been the Head of Sotheby’s Scotland for the past five years, re-energising the globally celebrated fine art and luxury brand – and increasing its revenue year-on-year.

Lucy will work with arts organisations, funding bodies and businesses to expand the scale and scope of the foundation’s activities.

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Lucy said of her appointment:

“It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to build and develop a fresh, young organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting creativity and the arts. Over the next few years we will invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in a variety of projects and our ambition is to become a major supporter of the arts and creativity in Scotland.”

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About Marchmont House
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Marchmont is a ‘Grade A’ Palladian mansion near Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders owned by Marchmont Farms Ltd. Their goal is to make the house ‘a home to Makers & Creators‘ – it has recently undergone a seven-year award winning restoration.
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