Graduate Fellowship 2016: Hamish Young

Timespan’s Graduate Fellowship is a 12-week residency that offers an opportunity for the development, production and presentation of new work for a recently graduated artist in Scotland’s Far North. The inaugural recipient of the fellowship was Hamish Young, in residence at Timespan from February to April 2016.

With a focus on objects and their histories, Hamish’s artistic practice resonates with Timespan’s cross-disciplinary programme of contemporary arts and heritage. Working in parallel with Timespan’s 2016 theme of Rewriting Histories, he developed a new perfomance work for Timespan’s True North conference in March and concluded his residency with a solo exhibition at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.

During Timespan’s second True North conference Hamish performed a new work, After Dinner Presentation: Fragments of a Victorian Artist in the Highlands of Scotland, giving an account of a Victorian-era artist and their travels in Sutherland. This fictionalised narrative was told through objects from Timespan collection and watercolour sketches completed by Hamish during the residency, playing with the ambiguity of interpretation and its influence on the writing of history. 

The conclusion of the residency was marked by a solo exhibition at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Re-inscribe presented a dual-screen moving image work developed during the artist’s time in Helmsdale. Though not directly referring to a particular place or time, the work considered the affective potential of space and the traces that are left as records of these interactions, through a focus on mutable material surfaces. This approach was inspired in part by W.G. Sebald’s enigmatic Suffolk travelogue, The Rings of Saturn, which Hamish read during the residency and which references a fishing heritage similar to that of Helmsdale.   

The exhibition information can be read here.




Hamish Young is a graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art. His work explores the histories of things. Working in moving image, voice and sculptural installation he creates environments that reimagine how objects and material move in and out of the human sphere and the unlikely journeys and narratives that are formed through this investigation. Found items and publications that bear witness to a process often feature, acting as a departure point to reimagine their particular history. The work often features the positions of voices specific to a location or time. The narrative that people bring to such objects often plays an open part in the resultant work.

He participated in the Satellites programme 2016 with Collective, Edinburgh, which resulted in a solo presentation of his work in September 2016. He also exhibited as part of the RSA New Contemporaries in March 2016.


Timespan’s Graduate Fellowship is funded through Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding, with additional support from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.