BALTIC Bothy Residency

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,  Gateshead is supporting 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 will take place from 31 August – 7 September 2019.

The BALTIC Bothy Residency will provide the 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.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art  is an award-winning international art gallery situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead that attracts around half a million visitors every year. BALTIC’s vision is to create exceptional access to contemporary art in a unique setting that encourages and enables learning and transformational thinking. BALTIC presents a constantly changing, distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation, commissioning and communication of contemporary art.

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.

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 may be found here: and

Deadline for submissions:  Monday 15 July 2019, 23:59 

Due to the expected high volume of applications, only the successful artist will be notified by Wednesday 31 July 2019

To apply please use the submission form to supply the following:

  • A short covering statement explaining why this residency opportunity will benefit your practice (500 words max)
  • Your CV including full contact details
  • Up to six images of your work


 Respecting your privacy and safeguarding your data

BALTIC is committed to upholding your privacy and taking care of your personal data. This declaration outlines what, why and how BALTIC collects and stores your personal data securely in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation ( May 2018). 

As part of your application we request personal data from you to allow BALTIC to evaluate your application, and to communicate with you about your submission. This data will not be shared with any third parties or transferred without your explicit consent.

The application data is collected and stored on a third party platform called submittable. This data may be downloaded to assist with the evaluation process; if downloaded it will be stored on BALTIC’s secure servers.

Personal data of unsuccessful candidates will be deleted from Submittable once the selection has concluded; data of successful candidates will only be stored for a maximum of six months unless there is a legitimate interest to do so. BALTIC’s Library & Archive may retain some data for archival purposes if of cultural significance.

See here for BALTIC's current privacy policy. 

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