Established in 2011, the Bothy Project is a network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland. Our objective is to create platforms for artists and researchers to journey and explore the history, landscape and people in the areas surrounding the bothies. These platforms are established through the creation of purpose built structures made in collaboration with artists, designers and makers to create a varied network of hand-crafted dwellings.
Bothy Project was initiated by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod, realising the first art residency bothy in 2011 thanks to support from the Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland programme. The bothy was part fabricated during the RSA residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and then transported to Inshriach Estate near Aviemore where the build was completed in a traditional Scottish woodland area in the Cairngorm National Park.
The Bothy Project is now a registered charity. Under the new governance structure the organisation is looking to broaden the scope of events and activities in the locale of each Bothy Project bothy, and on a national level with key partners such as the National Galleries of Scotland. In 2018/2019 the Bothy Project will develop an inaugural series of funded artist residency opportunities, establishing the project as a leading art residency organisation.