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Saya Rose Naruse announced as 2024 Baltic Bothy Resident

26 Mar 2024
Baltic Media Office

We are pleased to announce Saya Rose Naruse as the recipient of the 2024 Baltic Bothy Residency.

Woman with dark curly hair and a grey jacket stood amongst pink blossom trees.
Photo by Lila Naruse

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in partnership with the Bothy Project, selected Saya from an open call for emerging artists based in the North East of England (County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside or Tyne and Wear). Saya will be spending one week at Sweeney’s Bothy on the Isle of Eigg.

Saya is an interdisciplinary artist based in the North East. Her practices include filmmaking, photography, puppet-making and theatre-making. She trained at East 15 Acting School and seeks to centre her work around social justice, human experience and environmentalism. 

Saya wants to explore how we can reconnect with nature and create art that inspires or starts the conversation to realign ourselves with the natural world.

Her previous work includes working as a puppet designer/ director on Cinderella: A Fairytale (Northern Stage) and Pursuers of the Future (Theatre Space North East). She has also worked as a maker, photographer and filmmaker for theatres, dance companies and arts organisations all across the UK. 

Wooden house in landscape

Saya is the sixth resident to undertake the Baltic Bothy Residency. Previous residents have included Katie Cuddon (2017), Julia Heslop (2018), Grace Denton (2019), Holly Argent (2021) and Sarah Jenkins (2023). 

Bothy Project

Bothy Project is a unique and independent charitable organisation operating in a set of rural contexts, providing creative residencies in bespoke small-scale, off-grid spaces in Scotland. Residents are able to use their residencies to explore creativity, landscape and living simply. Sweeney’s Bothy is located on the Isle of Eigg.