Bothy Project Residency Opportunity

ESW Members, are invited to apply for a Bothy Project Residency at Inshriach Bothy, Cairngorms, 29 February-7 March 2020

Deadline: Friday 24 January 2020, 5pm
Residency Week: 29 February – 7 March 2020

Please note that this opportunity is for Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop members that are not in full time education only. For information on how to become a member follow the link: Join today

In memory of artist Emma Herman-Smith (1967–2014), her friend Lynn Wilson is supporting a week long residency at Inshriach Bothy, Cairngorms, in partnership with Bothy Project and ESW. Emma and Lynn frequently discussed the role of art in raising awareness of climate change addressing topics such as bio-mimicry and the circular economy. Emma often used humour and found materials in her work. Therefore, applications should refer to how the applicants practice currently addresses environmental issues and sustainability.

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Emma Herman-Smith

Emma was a respected artist and active member of ESW. Exhibitions included Flora, Hill House, Helensburgh (2006), For All It Has Become, An Tobar, Mull (2013) and In a Natural State, Dunbar (2014). The posthumous exhibition, A Life in Art, took place in Edinburgh 2015. Her work can still be viewed at in the Forest of Lettermore, Mull and Caol Ruadh, Sculpture Park, Argyll.

Inshriach Bothy

Inshriach Bothy is situated in a secluded forest clearing within the Cairngorms National Park. It was designed by architect Iain MacLeod and artist Bobby Niven and was the Bothy Project’s first operational artist residency space when it was completed in 2012.

Inshriach Bothy is a modern, off-grid live-work space designed specifically for artist residencies. Please read the information at this link about travel and facilities at Inshriach Bothy before you make an application.


The award comprises of a week of accommodation and the opportunity to have a piece of reflective writing or set of images added to the Inshriach Bothy Blog. Applicants are required to pay their own travel and subsistence costs for the week.


The selection panel, comprising of Lynn Wilson (Designer/Circular Economy expert), Lesley Young (Programme Co-ordinator, Bothy Project) and Dan Brown (Curator of Research, ESW) will meet during week of 27 January 2020. The successful artist will be notified straight away.

Bothy Project and ESW

In 2011 artist Bobby Niven and and architect Iain MacLeod started the Bothy Project during a RSA residency at ESW. In 2019, ESW Member and Studio Holder Duncan Robertson was awarded a week-long residency to Inshraich Bothy.

Image: Andrew Ridley