Carolyn Lefley did an artist’s residence from May – July 2013, at the Timespan Museum in Scotland. They had seen her previous work and asked her to work. Usually one would have to apply for a residency.

An Artist in Residency: a person who stays at a facility. You’re able to take time to focus and develop on a project. You might be asked to do workshops and lectures.

You will get

  • Accommodation
  • Studio Space
  • Budget
  • Fees

She has done other residencies before:

  • Kathmandu University for 2months
  • Studio Residency Holton Lee, Dorset for two weeks.
  • Camberwell College of Arts, London for 8 months.
  • Artist Flat, Timespan, 2 weeks which is how she met the people for her residency this time.

Her works relates back to the home.

In 1813 when the farmers were taken off their land, some were retrained in other skills and we relocated to coastal towns.

Her aim was to produce work in relation to Timespan’s Translocation Evacuation Project.

There are no photos of the time. But she did do a collaboration of the great great grandchildren. Lefley even became part of the evacuation team.

She says she felt the more she work the more she saw a link in art and archeology.

In archeology you peel back the layers of truth, archeologists refer to ‘shadows in the mud’ as the different colours of mud that reveal different features of. Archeologists photograph their findings. Also would draw their findings on a map, because a lens will distort.

She did cyanotypes (sun print) of the pottery.

Then she collaborated with the descendants of those who were relocated. She got in contact with three women. She photographed them near where they thought their family’s home were.

Lefley collaborated with another descendent. She took a photo of her fireplace and took the photo near by the fireplace.

She also went to a summer solstice that was there, they ate food around the same time as the relocation. And a man sung in Gaelic.

She also hosted some workshops and lectures, even a photo walk.

For her final work:

Printed images on stones.

Used cyanotypes.

Along with bits and pieces that she found at the dig.

It was held in the heritage museum, which is usually quite factual, but the community liked art in the museum.

She is hoping to create a book.

There is a right to roam in Scotland, as long as you don’t break into a property.

Afterwards we planned are own applications to become an artist in residence.

Me and Aaron got an open brief from Syracuse, New York.

We decided because it shares it’s name with a city in Sicily we would do something to mimic it. We would use local residents and dress them up in local dress from Sicily. We also found a local legend to Syracuse, Sicily of Poseidon’s daughter. So we could do something in the local pond, which is high up on the things to see in Syracuse, New York, and we could do a fashion piece of this legend.


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