Duncan Robertson
Awarded Bothy Residency

ESW Member, Duncan Robertson has been awarded a residency by the Bothy Project. The residency, at the Inshriach Bothy, Cairngorms is for one week at the end of January 2019.

This award was made through an Open Call to the ESW Membership in December 2018, and selected by Juliet Dean (Interim Creative Director, Bothy Project) and Lesley Young (Programme co-ordinator, ESW).

During his residency Duncan will develop two series of photographs which document how birds and animals interact with his bird-feeder sculptures. Watch out for publication of his blog entry on the Bothy Blog when he returns.

The Bothy Project has had a long relationship with ESW, with the first Bothy being partly fabricated at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in 2011, by artist Bobby Niven during a RSA Residency. It was then transported to Inshriach Estate near Aviemore, and erected with the help of ESW Members. A further version of the Bothy, is currently being hosted in ESW’s Courtyard until spring 2019.


Duncan Robertson | Artist Statement

As an artist I try to identify things that are significant in our time, and experience and lay them down in some sort of tangible form, be it sculpture, photography or action. I believe using the freedom and breadth available in contemporary art, is part of the work of artists today. I am interested in making work that embraces some psychological interest or has a meaningful significance. Above all I aspire to make artwork with meaningful content, aesthetic merit and lasting significance.

The notion of  engaging with nature has become an important underlying concern in the development of my current work, as has interaction and involvement of the viewer in the art work.  I use digital photography as a way of documenting and recording actions, performances and interventions.

Some images of Duncan’s work can be found here.