Talks, Podcasts and Posters

We are excited to announce the launch of our new public programme. The programme includes talks, podcasts and posters that have been generated through our creative residencies for practitioners in visual arts, craft & design, music, literature and performance, as well as thinkers, researchers and people local to each bothy. 

The programme operates in multiple locations and gives an opportunity to hear brilliant communicators, share original ideas and new thinking around the themes of creativity, landscape and living simply. The programme draws on the work generated through our five different residency strands; Self-Directed, Creative Practitioner, Partnership, Fieldwork and Neighbourhood Residencies.

The first live online event from the new public programme will take place on Wednesday 7 December 2022 and marks the first of our in discussion’ talks series, which brings together cohorts of residents to share and discuss their work and research. Recent non-fiction writing residents; Gaar Adams, Anna Baum, Sophie Lau, Eleanor McCulloch, Lissette May Monroe and Natasha Ruwona will meet on Zoom to talk about their varied writing projects and reflect on their residency experience. Tickets for this event are free and can be booked via Eventbrite.

On 8th February 2023 an  online talk will introduce the work of visual artists Dorian Braun, Emma Dove, Helen McCrorie, Amanda Thomson and Tom Watt following their Creative Practitioner Residencies. Booking for this talk will open in January.

The first set of Bothy Project Podcasts are now available to listen to here and on all major podcasting platforms. The podcasts respond to the 2021 Neighbourhood Residencies which provided residencies for nine selected participants who came from all walks of life, and lived close to the bothies, in Badenoch & Strathspey, the Small Isles and Assynt & Coigach. Through the podcasts, listeners get insights into the importance of connecting with community and nature, how housing, work and tourism are interlinked in these rural communities and what a residency experience in an off-grid bothy is like. 

In addition to contributing to these podcasts, Neighbourhood Residents Norah Barnes, Sarah Hobbs, Katrina Martin and Robbie Synge also produced a series of A3 risograph posters. These Neighbourhood Residencies posters join those created to coincide with the end of the Cross Currents 2021 partnership residencies with Fogo Island Arts. The Cross Currents posters include one by each of the craft-designer-makers and one with the commissioned essay Listening for the call of place, by designer and anthropologist Charlotte Linton.  

Coming up in December, we will be launching an open-call for those working in contemporary music composition as part of our Creative Practitioner Residencies and our Partnership Residency with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for emerging artists based in the North East of England.

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This opening programme has been supported by Creative Scotland, with project support provided by other generous funders.

Image 1: Inshriach Bothy. Image: Matthew Arthur Williams.
Image 2: Emma Dove, shadows of sinewy branches, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.
Image 3: Robbie Synge. All of us, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.
Image 4: Naomi Mcintosh, Quiet Garden. Image by Ben Addy.
Image 5: Cross Currents posters. Image: Erika Stevenson.
Image 6: Isle of Eigg. Image: Gaar Adams.