The inaugural awardees will undertake their residencies between November 2019 and February 2020 in either the Inshriach Bothy within the Cairngorms National Park or Sweeney’s Bothy on the Isle of Eigg.
The first cohort of awardees are:
- Alice Hayward, BMus (Hons) Music, 2019 - Sweeney’s Bothy
- Emelia Kerr-Beale, BA (Hons) Painting, 2019 - Sweeney’s Bothy
- Gabrielle Gillott, MA (Hons) Fine Art, 2019 - Inshriach Bothy
- Lucy Havens, MSc Advanced Informatics, 2019 - Inshriach Bothy
ECA support time at the Bothies and each resident receives £250 towards travel and subsistence.
This partnership came about after the Bothy Project approached Stuart Bennett, whilst he was ECA's Acting Principal, to ask if ECA would be interested in using the bothies for creative residencies. Having stayed in the bothies himself and knowing how they work, Stuart says: “I thought it could be a great way to support graduating students to do research for their next body of work.”
“To launch the first year, I decided to award the first four residencies to alumnae whose performances, exhibitions and degree show work centred on the Anthropocene, land/seascape, environmental concerns, folklore and location specific work,” adds Stuart. “The Bothy Project supports writers, artists, designers, musicians and architects - much of what we do here at ECA - so I wanted to select from across our five Schools.”