In May 2014 artist Laura Aldridge, Julie-Ann Delaney curator at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA), and bothy project duo Iain MacLeod and Bobby Niven headed to Assynt to search for potential future sites for Pig Rock Bothy. We visited Glencanisp and Drumrunie Estates managed by the Assynt Foundation to explore the possibility of moving the bothy up there following its stay at SNGMA in Edinburgh.
The Assynt Foundation recently completed works on a community arts building, a beautiful round-wood log cabin pictured below, and are interested in having a bothy to accommodate artists, musicians and writers for residencies and to deliver community workshops in the new arts building.
The recce inspired the work Laura Aldridge created to furnish the Pig Rock Bothy, with the patterns and colours in the landscape being translated onto the surface of the ceramic vessels and fabric work. One particular rock with its pink and grey lichen spotted surface resembled the skin of a pig, and when Laura was asked to title the bothy, the name Pig Rock Bothy was born.