“In nature nothing exists alone.”
This year, we are pleased to welcome Nashin Mahtani, Aaron McCarthy, and Joanna Peace to Helmsdale to participate in Timespan’s annual group residency. 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 thematic framework and a convivial and discursive group setting.
Deep Time Together. Here and Now. brings a year-long focus on Deep Time at Timespan into 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 which resonate with the thematic framing, alongside a programme of activities exploring the residency theme, both physically in the surrounding environments, and conceptually through screenings, readings, and conversation.
This year, we are also pleased to be working with artist Sarah Rose and goldsmith Patricia Niemann who will each develop one-day workshops for the residency programme which focus on an aspect of the theme, explored through the lens of their practice:
On Saturday 17 March, Sarah Rose will lead a workshop drawing on her recent work for NOW at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. This work reflects upon processes of material transformation and the impact that humans have on the environment through the lens of environmentalist Rachel Carson’s letters to her close friend Rosemary, and with a particular focus on the liminal space of the shoreline.
On Tuesday 20 March, Caithness-based goldsmith Patricia Niemann will open out recent research focusing on the history of human-deer interactions that has informed the development of a body of sculptural jewellery work made from red deer antlers. Her research has explored the historic documentation and prehistoric evidence for associations with humans and the use of deer antlers for adornment, ritual and as tools, as well as contemporary conversations relating to population numbers, land ownership and land management issues, stalking and culling, tourism and recreation, culture, economy and commerce, and the role that antler-growth is playing in modern stem cell research. It has also developed in collaboration with those working with deer in Caithness and as part of the day, the group will head to the Rural Studies centre at Dale Farm, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, which delivers courses in gamekeeping and deer stalking.
More information on the residents and contributors is available here.
Image credit: Joanna Peace, Still Life #2, performance of text and object with live feed video, CCA Glasgow, 2017.