BACK LANE WEST is a non-profit, artist led, residency, project, and meeting space in Redruth, Cornwall. Its aims are to support and encourage critically engaged contemporary art practice and artists' professional development, while contributing to the growth of a regionally, nationally and internationally connected, open cultural community and network in the South West.

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Two short residencies are available at Back Lane West this Spring - 12th March to 1st April and 30th April to 18th May

We ask artists for the usual fee of £150 to help cover BLW's costs.
For more information and application process & form please visit:
VASW - Jobs and Opportunities
There will possibly be a further call for applications - in June/July - for longer Autumn residencies. Otherwise we have a full programme for 2018.

Back Lane West will also be launching a new Associates Programme for 30 South West artists; this will run across 9 months and includes access to BLW, talks, crits with visiting artists and peer support - look out for the open call in February. BLW Associates is supported by Arts Council England.


February Residency: 1st - 14th Feb

Polina Karpova - artist talk + meal

You are warmly invited to a talk by Ukrainian artist Polina Karpova followed by a hot meal of Korean food.

Monday 12th February 6 - 9pm

Please book - free tickets - via eventbrite:

Polina is a Ukrainian artist and designer who lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She was part of the Liverpool Biennial 2017, and has returned to the UK for a two week residency at Back Lane West and to re-visit Liverpool before her current visa expires in March. Polina's main medium is photography.

Self Portrait from series Beige/Green/Grey-Blue, 2016

"Polina Karpova, born in 1992, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. My adventure with photography started in 2009. I graduated Kharkiv state academy of design and arts in 2013 where I learned the history of arts. At present I’m an independent photographer based in Kharkiv and remotely as a costume designer and stylist for musical projects and Ukrainian theatre productions.

In my creative practice, I usually turn to the personification of the aesthetic qualities of a particular location in the appearance of the model, as well as build a special staging solution and pick up a color palette that allows you to harmonize the character and architectural context.

My subjectively personal type of human beauty is “an eternal and very vulnerable child, dressed always strangely but elegantly, having a sharp, ironically positive view of the world”. At the moment, the most important topics for research are the theme of duality and uniqueness, showing this with the help of a series of self-portraits as a way of communicating with the viewer 'directly'". Polina Karpova