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Alberta WhittleThe Bothy: Congregation

2022 – Ongoing

‘The Bothy’ is a permanent, outdoor installation in the Minerva Apothecary Garden on the Grand Union Canal side. ‘The Bothy’ is intended as a place for people to use for shelter and rest, made by British-Barbadian artist Alberta Whittle, as part of her long-term artist project with Grand Union entitled ‘Congregation: Creating Dangerously’.

Using the model of a Scottish bothy – which provides temporary shelter and is free for anyone to use –  the artist, Birmingham-based Women’s organisations, and MJM Bespoke have designed a structure referencing a Barbadian Chattel House in the area connecting the Grand Union Canal to the Minerva Apothecary Garden. Within our approach to mutual care is the importance of respite as a framework for support.

This public sculpture will be designed to be spacious enough to hold ten people at a time, with intentional viewing spots of the sky and land. These subtle design features will support an acknowledgement towards understanding how natural resources can contribute to healing communities.

This project is generously supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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