Call for Applications

Timespan’s Graduate Fellowship 2017
January – March 2017

Timespan’s Graduate Fellowship is a 10-week residency in Scotland’s Far North that offers an opportunity for the development, production and presentation of new work for a recently graduated artist. Applications are invited from artists who have graduated from BA/MA/MFA/MLitt courses in Scotland in 2014, 2015 or 2016, or those who have graduated from a course outwith Scotland within the same time-frame but who are currently resident in Scotland.

Timespan’s programme is theme-led, creating a vibrant cross-disciplinary conversation through all areas of the organisation. For the duration of the residency our programming focus will be on the influence of specific geographies and political contexts on processes of making. This includes a cross-disciplinary symposium Making Museums | Place and Politics and opening an exhibition by Christine Borland that presents a new commission exploring the complex histories and alternative framings of value, waste and materiality, which are made visible through tracing the trade in recycled textiles between Zambia and Western Europe. We ask that all applicants describe how this focus would be a relevant thematic context for the development of their work.

The residency will take place in January – March 2017 and includes:

  • Weekly mentoring sessions with Timespan’s Curator
  • Monthly meetings with a “critical friend” with specific expertise related to the selected resident’s proposal
  • Presentation of work at Timespan’s symposium
  • An exhibition at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

The resident artist will receive:

  • A fee of £3000
  • A materials budget of £750
  • Accommodation in Timespan’s Artist’s Flat

In addition to the time, space, and support to develop new work, the residency offers varied opportunities for the selected artist to share their practice with a diverse range of audiences. The Graduate Fellow will be invited to participate in Timespan’s forthcoming symposium and will work with Timespan’s Curator to develop a suitable format for sharing their work as part of this. The conclusion of the residency will be marked by a solo exhibition opportunity in partnership with Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. IMAG presents a year-round, varied programme of temporary exhibitions of contemporary visual art and craft and is offering its Small Gallery as an exhibition space in support of the project.

Timespan’s village location is an important guiding context for the organisation, and our local community is an important part of our audience. The Fellowship offers an opportunity for a recent graduate to explore what it might mean to locate contemporary practice in a rural location.

Deadline for applications: Monday 21 November 2016, 10am
Shortlisted artists interviewed: Wednesday 30 November 2016
Proposed residency dates: Monday 23 January – Friday 31 March 2017
Exhibition at IMAG: TBC

Whilst we will try to accommodate existing commitments whenever possible, it is necessary that the successful applicant can commit to the 10-week residency period and should be based primarily in Helmsdale for the duration.

To be eligible for the residency applicants must:

  • Have graduated from a BA/MA/MFA/MLitt course in Scotland in 2014, 2015 or 2016 (or outwith Scotland within the same timeframe but now resident here)
  • Be a UK/EU resident or hold a valid work visa with right to stay in the UK for the duration of the residency.

Please send the following to Frances Davis,

  • A completed application form (pdf | word)
  • A single pdf with 3 examples of your work (please provide links to any film/video/performance documentation etc. online)
  • A CV

The deadline for applications is Monday 21 November 2016, 10am.