Pig Rock Bothy

Modern One

Set within the grounds of Modern One, is host to a dynamic and changing programme of performances, workshops, residencies and events. The structure was created as an art project and you can see this in the quality of the construction and playfulness of the design

What is Pig Rock Bothy?

Pig Rock Bothy was designed in 2014 by architect Iain MacLeod & artists Bobby Niven and Laura Aldridge in collaboration with Douglas Flett Architects. It was created in response to the landscape and community in Assynt in the North-West Highlands of Scotland, and was built at a squint as a playful reference to the winds that sweep across the landscape there. It was commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland as part of GENERATION, a Nation-wide exhibition celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland.

Named by the artist Laura Aldridge, the structure is called ‘Pig Rock’ after a rock she found in Assynt where she developed work for the first exhibition to take place here at the National Galleries of Scotland. The Pig Rock appeared to have pig-like skin when wet – when you visit, you can go inside and take a look.

What does Bothy Project do?

Established in 2011, Bothy Project is a network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland. Their objective is to create sustainable, purpose built structures made in collaboration with artists, designers and makers to create a varied network of hand-crafted dwellings for artists to explore the natural world and the local culture, history and communities where they are situated.

For more information on The Bothy Project please visit thebothyproject.org.

What's on at Pig Rock Bothy?

Pig Rock Bothy is host to a dynamic and changing programme of performances, workshops, residencies and events.


Useless brings the work of Scottish-Barbadian artist Alberta Whittle and Uruguayan-born artist Emilio Bianchic together in Pig Rock Bothy, to explore themes of identity, production, frustration and uselessness. Both artists draw parallels between the process of making art, with the systems and structures of the world around them.

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