Bothy Project seeks participants for its Neighbourhood Residencies
Do you live in Badenoch & Strathspey, on the Small Isles or in Assynt & Coigach and want to share your ideas, experiences and hopes for the future?
This winter, Bothy Project’s bothies in the Cairngorms National Park and on the Isle of Eigg, and the Assynt Art Studio will be turned into sentinels for communication through the Neighbourhood Residencies project. Three distinct remote communities will be networked through Bothy Project to share, discuss and reflect upon themes of specific importance to them, with discussion captured and shared in audio diaries and podcasts.
Nine people from Badenoch & Strathspey, the Small Isles and Assynt & Coigach are invited to use the bothies for periods of time ranging between four and seven days in January, February and March 2021. These residencies are open to all – from farmers to musicians, solicitors to artists. The time can be used to rest, recoup, complete something or start something.
Bothy Project welcomes proposals from people living in Badenoch & Strathspey, on the Small Isles and in Assynt & Coigach who’d like to spend time in the bothy closest to where they live, represent their community and participate in conversation with the other residency participants. We anticipate that participants will learn from and inspire each other by initially discussing the differences and similarities of life in the Cairngorms National Park, the Small Isles and in Assynt, but that the conversation will find an energy of its own after that. Although creative people can apply for the Neighbourhood Residencies, with everyone staying close to home this winter, Bothy Project believe this is a great opportunity to extend the invitation more widely.
Applicants should be comfortable with the idea of spending time at the bothies alone, including overnight, making audio diaries and, following their residency being interviewed for broadcast. They should recognise that some of the material will eventually be made available publicly as podcasts. The Neighbourhood Residencies will also feature on Out of Doors on BBC Radio Scotland in the first months of 2021.
Written audio or video applications will be accepted.
Audio or video submissions should be 3-4 minutes, and can be uploaded though the application form.
Proposals in Gaelic are welcomed.
10 Dec 2020 Application period closes
21 Dec 2020 Selected participants notified
7 – 11 Jan 2021 Three participants in residence at Inshriach, Eigg and Assynt
4 – 8 Feb 2021 Three participants in residence at Inshriach, Eigg and Assynt
11 – 15 Mar 2021 Three participants in residence at Inshriach, Eigg and Assynt
A fee of £500 will be paid to each selected participant, this covers time spent on residency at their respective bothy, time spent in conversation with other participants and contributions to pod-casts. A small additional amount is available for local travel costs.
Project partners and participants will follow all Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines.