Call for Applications

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Deadline: 2 February 2018

“In nature nothing exists alone.”
Rachel Carson

Taking the environments and technologies of Scotland’s Far North as a rich context for practice and research, Timespan’s group residency offers resident artists the time to develop work and research within a discursive group setting.

Timespan’s programme is theme-led, creating a vibrant cross-disciplinary conversation. This residency takes place as we bring a year-long focus on Deep Time to a close and follows on from last year’s Practicing Deep Time residency which marked the start our investigation into the subject. Building on work and research undertaken throughout 2017/18, Deep Time Together. Here and Now. brings this enquiry in to the present moment, paying attention to the points where deep time themes intersect with the contemporary, in current discourses on climate change, nuclear culture, land use. In particular, the residency programme will focus on the relationships we need to build – between people, the environment, and time, and between ourselves and others – to address these issues.

The group residency aims to provide resident artists with a short period of funded time and space to develop their own projects and research alongside a programme of activities exploring the residency theme, both physically in the surrounding environments, and conceptually through screenings, readings, and conversation. As in previous years, the programmed activities will be developed in collaboration with other practitioners, with two invited artists leading one-day workshops which focus on an aspect of the theme, explored through the lens of their practice.

The residency will run from 16 – 22 March, and residents are invited to join Timespan’s Practicing Deep Time conference which takes place on the 23 + 24 March.

Resident artists will receive:

  • A fee of £650
  • Their own room in shared self-catering accommodation
  • A shared studio
  • Return travel to and from Helmsdale


Application is open to artists working in any discipline who find resonance between their practice and the residency’s themes.


Please send the following as a single pdf file to Frances Davis,

  • A short statement / proposal (approx. 1 A4 sheet) covering the following:
    • An introduction to your work and practice
    • The relevance of the thematic focus to your current work
    • A particular project or line of enquiry you would like to spend time on during the residency. N.b The residency is only one week long and proposals should reflect this. Proposals do not have to be for new work or projects and don’t need to have a specific geographic link to the residency location – you may wish to concentrate on an existing project, a specific text, or a particular question.
  •  3 examples of your work (please use links to online material where necessary)
  • A CV 

The deadline for applications is Friday 2 February 2018

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Wednesday 7 February 2018.