OPEN CALL | Bothy Project Residency 2022

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Apr 22nd 2022

Visual Arts Scotland is delighted to announce our second residency in partnership with Bothy Project to offer a VAS member the opportunity to spend a week’s residency in the inspirational setting of Sweeney’s Bothy on the Isle of Eigg.

The residency will take place between 17 - 23 September 2022 and includes accommodation for seven nights at Sweeney’s Bothy and reasonable travel between home and Eigg. The successful applicant will also be paid a £500 artist fee from VAS.

There is no expectation to create a body of work - rather, this residency offers artists space to be able to reflect on their work and engage with the environment and culture of the island.  However, there are some outcomes that VAS would ask of the successful applicant, including:


  • Undertaking a week-long Instagram Takeover, dates to be discussed with VAS.

  • Completion of a blog for the VAS website describing their experience.

  • Participation in VAS’ exhibition programme by showing work and/or evaluating their experience via a talk or discussion facilitated by VAS.

Applicants can work within any discipline or media and at any career stage, but must be a VAS member at both time of application and time of residency.

How to apply

Send an application letter in Word or PDF format to outlining the following points:

  • Current artist statement (200 words).

  • Why would you like this opportunity? (200 words).

  • Outline how you think the residency will inform or impact your practice. (200 words).

  • How would you document and share your experiences on the island? (150 words).

  • Please also include 6 images of recent work (last three years).

  • Name.

  • Address.

  • Email.

Please also confirm that you have read Travel and Facilities Page about Sweeney’s Bothy, so you understand what’s provided:

To read about our last Artist-in-Residence, Jo Pudelko, have a look at our Bothy Residency blog here.

Key Dates

Open for applications:  Monday 2 May 2022
Deadline:  Monday 20 June 2022

Applicants will be informed of the results of their application by mid-July.

Bothy Project is a network of small-scale, off-grid creative residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland. Sweeney’s Bothy was created in 2013 in collaboration with artist Alec Finlay as part of Creative Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland. The contemporary structure is situated on croft land in Cleadale, offering spectacular views across the sea to the nearby Isle of Rum.

You can read about Bothy Project on Eigg here:

Eigg is a community-owned island with a population of 110 people. Arising from the Land Reform campaigns of the 1990s, the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust was set up as the guardian of the Island, an umbrella body that sought to work through a partnership between the residents of Eigg, The Highland Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.