Alex Nail

Pig Rock Bothy – Journey to Assynt

Travelling onwards from its successful stay at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Pig Rock Bothy is to be relocated to a new permanent home in Assynt, where it will be sited on the community owned land of the Assynt Foundation. A programme of residencies, workshops and events  will bring the bothy to life, connecting artists with the local community and landscape.

The Assynt Foundation was established in advance of the landmark community land buy-out of the Glencanisp and Drumrunie Estates in June 2005. These estates cover 44,400 acres of land, and include the magnificent mountains of Suilven, Canisp, Cul Mor and Cul Beag, a traditional Victorian hunting Lodge, Glencanisp Lodge, and a wildlife-rich world of lochans, rivers and hills. The aims of the Foundation are to manage the land and associated assets for the benefit of the community and the public in general as an important part of the protection and sustainable development of Scotland’s natural environment. A key objective is to facilitate the creation of employment and business opportunities through the creative and sensitive use of the estates and their assets.

The Assynt Foundation recently completed works on a community arts building, a round wood log cabin sited behind Glencanisp Lodge. Pig Rock Bothy will provide accommodation for creative practitioners who can deliver community workshops in the new Assynt Arts Studio. The bothy would provide a platform for the creative exploration of the estates and local area with Bothy Project and Assynt Foundation working together to create a programme of residencies, events and workshops that are engaging and relative to the needs and interests of the local community.