Ghosting the Castle: Events and activities

Ghosting the Castle | Nicky Bird
15 + 16 November 2017

Join us for a series of interventions, events, and activities marking the culmination of Ghosting the Castle, a year-long project focusing on Helmsdale’s medieval castle and the A9 bridge which replaced it, developed by the artist Nicky Bird. 

Discover vintage Kodak Viewfinders around the village which bring Helmsdale’s former castle back into view, explore the images and documents found during the research for the project, and find out more about the cultural heritage of the A9, a familiar route viewed from new perspectives.

Ghosting the Castle preview evening and archival material viewing session
Friday 15 September, 6pm
A convivial evening to launch Ghosting the Castle and an opportunity to see the archival material relating to the project, including new items that have come into Timespan’s collection through the research for the project. We will also be screening two cine films taken on the day of the castle’s demolition – one which focuses on the demolition itself, and the other focusing on the crowds who came to watch.

Between Memory and Archive guided walk with Nicky Bird 
Saturday 16 September, 2pm
Nicky Bird will lead a walk around Helmsdale, taking in each of the five Viewfinder artworks which “ghost” the image of the castle back into the landscape.

New Perspectives on the A9: Cultural heritage and photography talks
Saturday 16 September, 7pm
An evening of presentations including Nicky Bird and Timespan’s Archive Development Manager Jo Clements in conversation, and Orkney-based photographer Frances Scott who will present her project A9 which documents Scotland’s longest road and encourages a different way to experience a landscape usually only fleetingly glimpsed.

The weekend also marks the launch of a limited edition art map, published by Wild Pansy Press.

Image credit: Ghosting the Castle, Nicky Bird, 2017. With photograph by John Ross Polson, late 1960s. Courtesy of Margaret Polson and Timespan.

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