We are a non-profit, artist-led residency, project, and meeting space in Redruth, Cornwall.

Please see our opportunities page for details of our 2022 residency open call.

We are very grateful to be in receipt of public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund.

Liam Jolly and Krystle Patel

Our final residents of 2021 are Krystle Patel and Liam Jolly, one based in London and the other in Cornwall, who will be presenting their project Pa-ra-did-dle. Until recently the pair had never met in person yet have collaborated to produce this project exploring ideas around what it is to be present through uncertainty and valuing process over final product, resulting in this dual site exhibition. The first iteration took place at Turf Projects, Croydon in November; this is the Cornish version.

Initially introduced at random for The Exchange, an online arts exchange programme set up by East Side Projects in Birmingham – and as a consequence of previous failed pairings – they took instant joy that chance had thrown them together, only to discover deep rooted similarities. These were not just specific to the way they approached and thought about their work, but also involved their interests, and specifically their relationship and experiences with beats, rhythms, sound and music. Both described the feeling of those fleeting moments when a relationship between things in a particular time and space come together to make sense, and sometimes don’t. They believe these experiences to be wholly personal and beyond control. Slippage’s between layers of consciousness within an instant, that encourages focus on the value of one’s momentary presence and contentment. A quiet internal pleasure.

Sharing material over several months – captured from isolated and personal, yet otherwise quite insignificant moments via text message – a dialogue composed of image, text and sound has evolved into a language enabling the pair to focus the work around ideas of coincidence, beats and bonds, that has resulted in an installation that presents an environment featuring many of these interrelating rhythms.

The opening reception of Pa-ra-did-dle at Back Lane West will be from 5pm on Saturday 11th December and all are very welcome to attend. The show continues over the weekend, opening from 11am-5pm on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December.

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Cornwall-based arts charity Shallal are returning to the Back Lane West space for their annual residency this November. They are looking forward to the cross-disciplinary exploration and collaboration that the project space allows them.

This year their residency is comprised of two parts; the first half will be led by Anna Willis and Megan Burridge, third year Fine Art students at Camberwell College of Arts who are currently interning at Falmouth Cultural Services. They will be supported by Shallal’s creative director Jo Willis. Anna has been involved in Shallal’s previous residencies at Back Lane West whilst Megan is entirely new to the space, which should allow for some fruitful developments.

The second two weeks will be run by artist Phoebe Barnicoat and other Shallal Studio artists, as part of The Underworld Project.

“The Underworld is a multi-sensory creative adventure exploring Cornwall’s native flora and fauna through tactile visual arts and experimental sound, working with arts collective Moogie Wonderland, local schools, Kresen Kernow and lots of exciting artists.”

Artists include:

Eddie Callis, Stuart Blackmore, Sam While, George Clement Peer, Jo Lumber, Lisa Mortensen, Zoe Osmond and Shallal Dance Theatre.

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GASS Collective

We are delighted to welcome GASS Collective as our artists in residence for October 2021.

The Graduate Artist Start-up Scheme is an award given by Cultivator Cornwall to support recent BA and MA graduates in developing their creative careers. GASS is a group of thirteen artists that have connected through this scheme to form a collective. This month they are undertaking a residency across three venues in Redruth: CMR, Auction House and Back Lane West. This will culminate in a showcase featuring all thirteen artists; the first time they exhibit as a collective. The purpose of the residency is to offer them the opportunity to create new work or to realise existing projects, whilst developing their relationships with the other artists involved.

The artists taking up residence at Back Lane West are: Elle Brown, Cat Horton, Helena Clarke, Amberley Long and Antonia Glücksman.

The showcase will take place over the last two weekends of October, from the 22nd-24th and the 28th-30th. A private view will be held on Saturday October 23rd from 7pm. The events and workshops taking place during the residency will be announced through either their instagram or website.

To accompany the exhibition, Cultivator has commissioned an in-depth essay on each of the thirteen artists from writers Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover of Field Notes, Vanessa Murrell of Dateagle Art, Will Rees, Sara Bowler and Phil Newcombe. The texts will be available at the showcase in the form of an illustrated publication, they can also be read on the GASS website.

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