Sweeney's Bothy
GSA Exhibitions

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Off site


7 Mar 2014 - 14 Feb 2014
Fri - Fri, -



Michael Barr
Courtesy the artist

Sweeney's Bothy

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GSA Sweeney's Bothy residency

GSA Exhibitions and GSA Sustainability in Action Group are delighted to announce that Michael Barr, 3rd Year Sculpture and Environmental Art student was selected for Sweeney’s Bothy Residency. The opportunity was made open to all GSA staff and students to apply for. Michael will take up the residency on the Isle of Eigg 7-14 March 2014. He has proposed to use as his starting point Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Sweeney Astray’ - the 7th century protagonist of which gives the Bothy its name, having been turned into a bird and living for six weeks in a cave on Eigg. Michael aims, from conversations with the island community, to map the wild growth of the foods that Sweeney is said to have eaten on his roamings –  from watercress to brooklime, black sloes to  wild strawberries. He will also map the island’s caves, then travel back to the island in the summer to prepare a meal from these foraged foods, to share with islanders and to be eaten in the cave imagined to have been inhabited by Sweeney.

More information about the Bothy project: http://www.thebothyproject.org/