In May 2013, I was invited to Timespan to be Artist in Residence for seven weeks, to make new work in response to the excavation of the longhouse at the Caen settlement. This excavation was part of a series of events commemorating the bicentenary of the Kildonan Clearances, culminating in the Translocation Festival. My research…

The last part of my residency has flown by and today it’s my last day. Since my last post I’ve been busy working in the darkroom at Golspie High School and driving around taking more photographs. I was very grateful to the art department at Golspie High School for allowing me to use their darkroom….

The excavation has finished. The soil and turf replaced. The finds have been carefully cleaned and catalogued. And this week I’ve had the time and space to reflect on all of the activities of the last month. For most of this residency, I’ve been very focused in on the excavation and I’ve not moved far…

Photograph the abandoned croft houses of Gartymore With Carolyn Lefley Saturday 13th July 11am – 1pm Meet at the Timespan entrance at 11am Current Timespan Artist in Residence Carolyn Lefley will lead a ‘photo ramble’ to explore the abandoned croft houses of West Helmsdale and Gartymore. Join Carolyn for a two hour walk, at a…

The Timespan community excavation of an early 19th century longhouse finished last Sunday. I am currently Artist in Residence at Timespan, and have been working alongside the two-week excavation. I have been keeping a regular blog, which reveals my work in progress. Last week was yet another busy week, in which two undergraduate students from…

Last week was the first week of the excavation of the longhouse at Caen. It’s been an exciting and busy time for all involved. In the seven days since my last blog post the excavation team have dug down into the longhouse to reveal its walls, cobbled floor and a wonderful number of ‘finds’. It…

It’s been a busy second week here for me in my role as Artist in Residence for Timespan. As part of my residency I’m keeping this blog to record my work in progress. I’ll be making new work in response to the excavation of the longhouse in the Caen settlement in the Strath of Kildonan….

View north along the longhouse, with the hills of Caen in the background

I’m a photographic artist who will be based at Timespan for the next two months. I arrived last Thursday night, after an epic two-day drive from London. The scenery was spectacular, particularly driving through the snow-capped mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Having arrived shattered, Patty was there to help me unload my car and…

Realm installation shot

24-26 May/ Geophysical survey at Caen by ORCA May 25th/ 10.30am/ Walk around Caen Township 6pm/ Carolyn Lefley/ Launch of Realm 7.30/ Talk and Launch of Excavation Project (£2 incl tea) All welcome 24-26 May/ Geophysical survey at Caen by ORCA Keir Strickland (Lecturer in archaeology at Orkney College UHI) and Mary Saunders (Geophysical surveyor, Orkney College UHI) carried out a geophysical…

25 May 2013 | 6pm | Exhibition Opening at Timespan Realm An exhibition of photographic works by Carolyn Lefley The work in this exhibition depicts a world that floats between reality and fantasy; between believable spaces and sites of make believe. Down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass and into the wardrobe, all of…

Self funded residency by Carolyn Lefley, Aug 2012 I’m a London based photographic artist who has recently finished a two-week research residency at the Artist’s Flat at Timespan. I came to Helmsdale to develop my long-term photography project ‘Realm’. In ‘Realm’  (2009- ) I have constructed double exposure photographs that combine analogue and digital techniques. …

Please visit Carolyn’s storify entry for more pictures of her Timespan residency http://storify.com/carolynlefley/timespan-residency