Self-Directed Residencies 2023

Bothy Project is delighted to announce its open call for Self-Directed Residencies for 2023. Residencies will take place throughout the year at Sweeney’s Bothy, a simple off-grid building in unique surroundings on the Isle of Eigg.

Applications are welcome from practitioners in visual art, craft & design, music, literature, performance and those working across disciplines or in collaboration. Practitioners should be able to demonstrate at least five years of active practice. 

Bothy Project residencies offer time and space for contemplation, creativity and focus. It is not necessary for your work to engage with the residency location.

Applications are welcome from practitioners based in the UK and Europe.


How to apply:

Applicants are asked to complete the following online form.

(If you do not have a Gmail account, please contact for application details in PDF form).

Within the form you will be asked to provide:

  • Some general information
  • Your preferred month for a residency 
  • Statement of up to 250 words outlining your creative practice 
  • Proposal of up to 250 words outlining what you would like to work on during your residency. Let us know what appeals to you about a Bothy Project Residency and why now is the right time for you to carry out this residency
  • Single PDF document that includes a CV (no more the two sides of A4) and material relevant to your practice. For example: up to eight images that demonstrate your practice (with captions); up to three examples of writing (no more than 1000 words in total) or up to three links to film/audio extracts (no more than 10 minutes in total)

We ask that applicants read the Travel and Facilities page for Sweeney’s Bothy in advance of applying. This webpage gives details of travel to Eigg, what’s provided at the bothy and various tasks residents need to undertake for themselves, such as chopping wood.

On completion of your application, please also complete and return our Equalities Monitoring Form.

Bothy Project acknowledges that under-represented voices face multiple barriers to cultural participation. We are committed to diversity and creating opportunities open to people who are under-represented. Prior to your application, should you wish to discuss any aspect of the residency or need any more information please email with questions or to arrange a phone call/virtual meeting.


Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed and selected by Bothy Project staff and board members. Selection will be based on the quality of your ideas and work, as well as your case for why a Bothy Project Self-Directed Residency is of particular benefit to your practice and development at this point in time.

Bothy Project aims to seek a balance in its Self-Directed Residencies between practitioners who have been on residencies before and those who have not.

Self-Directed Residencies are offered at subsidised rates. The subsidised cost for a one week Self-Directed Residency at Sweeney’s Bothy is £450. On accepting a residency place an invoice will be issued and your residency will be confirmed upon payment.

Open call: 3 March-2 April 2023

Application deadline: 11.59pm, 2 April 2023

Selection process: early April 2023

Applicants notified of outcome: late April 2023

Residencies at Sweeney’s Bothy: May, July, September, November & December 2023


Eligibility, accessibility and privacy:

Sweeney’s Bothy is a simple, off-grid, live-work space in a remote and spectacular part of Scotland. The bothy is accessed on foot via a rough, sloped path and the mezzanine bed is reached by a step ladder. If you have any accessibility concerns, please get in touch via email 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.

Please note that we are unable to offer additional support for travel or expenses for self-directed residencies.

Please read the Travel and Facilities page for Sweeney’s Bothy carefully before applying.