This summer, the grounds of Modern One will be home to a traditional Scottish bothy, designed exclusively as part of GENERATION. Created by The Bothy Project - a team comprising of artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod - the temporary structure will be the venue for a dynamic and varied programme of talks, performances, events and screenings.
The Bothy Project provides a network of bespoke spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland in which artists can work and live. The special nature of each bothy location is an important factor in providing opportunities for artists to create work that engages with the histories, stories, mythologies and people rooted within a particular place. The current Bothy Project network features two permanent dwellings; Inshriach Bothy in the Cairngorms and Sweeney’s Bothy on the Isle of Eigg. The bothy situated in the grounds of Modern One has been created with the area of Assynt in mind - a remote location tucked away in the far North West corner of Scotland. After its time at Modern One, the bothy will make the journey up to the unique landscape of Assynt to become a permanent feature.
Each development that The Bothy Project undertakes is designed in collaboration with additional visual artists, musicians and writers and this bothy is no exception. Glasgow-based artist Laura Aldridge will be producing ceramics and textiles to furnish the internal space, all of which are in keeping with a colour palette inspired by Assynt and some of the local craft skills found there.
The opening of the structure will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July as part of the launch of the Edinburgh Art Festival.