The Bothy Project is a growing network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland and beyond. 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. TBP is committed to using sustainable, innovative materials and natural building techniques to create simple, modern designs.
TBP 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 are looking to grow the network, working in partnership with a broad range of organisations, artists, companies and sponsors to create an exploded network of bespoke off-grid dwellings. And to bring the bothies to life we are offering a range of residency opportunities through the Supported Programme, the Self-Funded Residencies and future plans for funded themed residencies.