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BALTIC Bothy Residency

Annual residency programme

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead annually supports an emerging artist based in the North East of England (County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside or Tyne and Wear) to undertake a week’s residency at Sweeney’s Bothy on the Isle of Eigg, in partnership with the Bothy Project.

The residency this year has been awarded to Holly Argent and will take place in Spring 2021. Holly's practice encompasses ideas of expanded collage, text and moving image, creating contexts and perspectives for exploring artistic legacies and conflicting histories.

The BALTIC Bothy Residency provides an opportunity for an artist to work in a unique environment and have time and space to research, think, and develop their practice in the inspiring landscape of the Hebridean Islands.

The residency is supported with a £500 artist's fee, a travel bursary and the Bothy accommodation – a live/work space, for seven days.

During their residency participants are invited to share their skills or knowledge with the local community through hosting a workshop, event or open studio. Following their residency participants are invited to share their research with the wider public by submitting a blog entry to Bothy Project's website.

Bothy Project is a growing network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland and beyond. Bothy Project’s objective is to create platforms for artists and researchers to journey and explore the history, landscape and people in the areas surrounding the bothies. These platforms are established through the creation of purpose-built structures made in collaboration with artists, designers and makers to create a varied network of hand-crafted dwellings. Sweeney’s Bothy is located on the Isle of Eigg, designed by architect Iain MacLeod and artist Bobby Niven in collaboration with artist Alec Finlay as part of Creative Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

Artists who have been awarded the residency include Katie Cuddon (2017), Julia Heslop (2018), and Grace Denton (2019).

The Supported Programme offers organisations and companies the opportunity to fund an artist or researcher of their choice to undertake a residency in one of the bothies. This support will enable the individual to develop their practice through an immersive, dedicated period of work in a unique, off-grid residency cabin.

To find out more about the Supported Programme please contact

Further information about the Bothy Project and Sweeney’s Bothy can be found here: