George Mallory might have been the first man to climb Everest in 1924, a good 29 years before Hillary and Tenzing. We don’t know if he made it, he died on the way down.
Before he left, a New York Times reporter asked him why he wanted to attempt the climb.
‘Because it’s there’ he replied in a pretty flippant response to the endeavour that eventually killed him. He wasn’t wrong though, there’s no real reason for us to climb or to explore but yet we still do. It’s kind of just part of who we are as humans, we explore.
We’re okay with the risks these guys take, out in the cold, thin air of Everest or trudging through the white wind of Antarctica like Crean. Risk and sweat and toil are okay when it comes to exploring but what about when it comes to art?
Art – getting the things that are inside of us, outside of us – is as much a part of who we are as exploring is. But the idea of art in cold places, out of the way places, that we might venture out into the wild, not to explore but to make art, is kind of weird.
There’s these things called bothies. Usually found in the highlands of Scotland, they’re meant as places of refuge and respite from the elements. Unofficial, unlocked and free for anyone to use they save a lot of lives every year. We’ve made four of them; a library, a study, a studio and a gallery. A different kind of bothy, a bothy for art.
Making them’s been an adventure and a lot of hard work, all in the name of art.
They’re out there now, still to be found and going to find one of them is more important than all the reading and looking you can do here. This site will tell you a lot or if you can find one of us, throw a feed of pints into our belly and we might let a few details slip.
We’ve put on a show in the gallery to get the ball rolling but really they’re there for you to use, like I said: unofficial, unlocked and free for anyone to use.
An art project about adventure by Luke Franklin