Bothy Project is pleased to invite applications for our inaugural programme of funded residencies, supported by the William Grant Foundation.
Applications are open to artists of all forms, such as visual artists, performing artists, musicians, writers, and those working across disciplines or in collaboration. Priority will be given to those with an innovative approach to developing their practice and a commitment to developing and testing out new ground. We particularly welcome applications from artists from minority ethnic backgrounds and Gaelic speakers or learners.
Who can apply and what are we offering?
We have two opportunities available for artists who have been working for 5+ years in their particular field, and have a demonstrable history of realising significant projects. Please note this opportunity is not open to students in full-time or part-time education.
Successful applicants will be offered a two-week residency at Sweeney’s or Inshriach Bothy (bothy choice dependent on availability), £1,000 fee, up to £250 towards travel, and £500 production budget towards a public project.
In addition to working towards producing a public project, we ask that the artist creates a blog for our website (using text, photography, sound or film). We are especially interested in proposals that engage and connect with the communities around the bothies in some way.
Early career artists
We also have two opportunities available for artists who have been working on their practice for 1-5 years. Please note this opportunity is not open to students in full-time or part-time education.
Successful applicants will be offered a one-week residency at Sweeney’s or Inshriach Bothy (bothy choice dependent on availability), £400 fee, up to £250 towards travel, and £100 towards mentoring.
We do not request specific outcomes from this residency, except for the contribution of a blog to our website (using text, photography, sound or film). We recognise the value of the residency in terms of professional development, and are therefore offering a fee for mentoring after the residency takes place.
Applications can only be made using our online form. Your application must include:
Statement of up to 500 words. This should tell us more about your artistic practice.
Proposal of up to 500 words. This should outline the work or research you intend to undertake during your time on the residency, and in the case of the two-week residency give an indication of what your public project might be. We would also like you to explain why this activity is of particular benefit to your practice and development at this point in time.
C.V. supplied as a PDF (maximum 2 pages and file size 10MB). This should outline your education and recent public projects (e.g. exhibitions, performances, publications).
Supporting material that best shows us your creative work. We can only consider material in the following formats:
- Images: 5 images in JPEG format. Maximum file size 10MB.
- Writing: PDF examples of a writing practice (creative or research based). This should amount to no more than 5 PDF files and 1,000 words in total. Maximum file size 10MB.
- Video: A single showreel or extract of no more than 5 minutes. This must be supplied as a link to either YouTube or Vimeo.
- Sound: A single showreel or extract of no more than 5 minutes. This must be supplied as a link to either YouTube or Vimeo.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 20 January 2019 at 23:59.
Successful applicants will be informed by Wednesday 13 February 2019. Residency weeks will be available for the following dates: Inshriach: 8-22 June 2019; Sweeney’s: 1-29 June, possibly 29 June – 13 July 2019. Booking of residencies should be confirmed by the end of February 2019.
Applications will be reviewed and selected by Bothy Project staff, board members and invited advisers. A total of four artists will be selected across the two strands on offer: two mid-career artists and two early career artists. Selection will be based on the quality of your ideas and work, your case for the residency at this particular point in your practice, and your interest in connecting with Bothy Project and the sites.
Bothy Project: outline and facilities
Bothy Project is a growing network of exceptionally designed but simple cabins that offer artists of all kinds the opportunity to work in remote, spectacular locations in Scotland. We have two residential bothies: Sweeney’s Bothy on Eigg and Inshriach Bothy in the Cairngorm National Park. During a Bothy Project residency, your home and studio is an artist-architect designed cabin. These simple live-work studios strike a balance between offering the basic essentials for the making-thinking-doing of creative work and enabling you to connect with the environment around the bothies.
Our artist residency spaces have been designed to support your focus and connect with the landscape. These are remote, off-grid spaces and facilities are limited. Electricity in the bothies is supplied by solar panel system which can power a laptop, camera or mobile device, etc. when used conservatively, and dependent on sufficient sunlight. Heating is provided by a wood-burning stove. There is no internet connection at either bothy and limited mobile phone signal only at Inshriach Bothy.
The Isle of Eigg and Aviemore (closest town to Inshriach) have vibrant communities where you can get food and other supplies, as well as access to internet and phone connections.
Both bothies have one double bed on a mezzanine platform, which is accessed by a steep ladder. The bothies are simple and comfortable spaces for one person, but can accommodate two people if collaboration is integral to your practice or proposed project.
Both of our bothies are managed by our local hosts, who are there to introduce you to the bothy and are available in case of emergencies. Your time at the bothy is for self-directed and self-supported work.
Eligibility, Accessibility and Privacy
Applications are welcomed from artists of all forms, such as visual artists, performing artists, musicians, writers, and those working across disciplines or in collaboration.
Please note that we are unable to offer any additional support for travel or expenses beyond what is outlined above.
Bothy Project’s residential sites are simple, off-grid, live-work spaces in remote and spectacular parts of Scotland. Both bothies are accessed on foot via rough, sloped paths and their mezzanine beds are reached by steep ladders. If you have any accessibility concerns, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will work proactively with you, making every reasonable effort to assist you in taking up an opportunity with us.
Bothy Project welcomes applications from artists irrespective of gender, disability, age, race or ethnicity. We are committed to equality, diversity, fairness and inclusion across all art forms.
Bothy Project is committed to artistic excellence and the professional development of individuals and groups working within the arts and creative industries.
We will not share your details with any third parties without obtaining permission from you to do so.
Contact Bothy Project
If you have any further queries, please contact the Bothy Project Programme Co-ordinator at email@example.com
Please note that our office is closed from Saturday 22 December 2018 until Wednesday 2 January 2019, inclusive.
The William Grant Foundation is a non-profit association established to support charitable causes in Scotland. Its work is funded by William Grant and Sons Ltd.