31 October – 11 November 2016

The use of different scales is simply a matter of practice.
H.G. Wells

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

Timespan’s programme is theme-led, creating a vibrant cross-disciplinary conversation through all areas of the organisation. In 2017/18 our thematic focus is Deep Time, the distant past behind us and the distant future ahead. The Practicing Deep Time group residency occurs in advance of this public programme, bringing artists into the internal discourse around the theme and with the intention that some of the work or relationships developed on the residency might feed into the forthcoming programme.

Deep Time moves beyond a human scale, beyond language, beyond fact. In Scotland’s Far North it can be seen in the geological and the nuclear: the peat bogs of the Flow country and the nuclear site of Dounreay. A consideration of deep time also suggests possible methodologies for practice: excavation, speculation.

The residency will run from 31 October – 11 November 2016 and aims to provide resident artists with the time and space to develop their own projects and research relating to the deep time theme alongside a programme of activities exploring deep time, both physically in the surrounding environments, and conceptually through screenings and readings.

Resident artists will receive:

  • A fee of £600
  • Their own room in shared self-catering accommodation
  • 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. Selection will be made based on both the quality of work submitted in support of the application and the relevance of the artist’s practice and proposal to the residency.


Please send the following to Frances Davis, Timespan’s Curator,

  • A short statement / proposal (approx. 1 A4 sheet) including the following:
    • An overview of your practice
    • The relevance of this residency to your current work
    • A particular project or line of enquiry you would like to pursue during the residency
  • A single pdf with 3 examples of your work (please use links to online material where necessary)
  • An up-to-date CV

The deadline for applications is 10am Wednesday 5 October 2016

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 7 October 2016. Feedback on unsuccessful applications will be provided on request.