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Shallal would like to invite you to join them for a Sharing this Saturday 1-4pm for coffee and cake after another great month in Back Lane West


Shallal is excited to be back!
“Back Lane West residency is always a highlight of my year” Jo Willis creative director
A chance to explore and deepen our processes, collaborations and opportunities. To immerse ourselves in cross art forms and collaborations.
To have more time to explore and ‘play.’
This year we are pleased to be part of Flamm with Rise and Fall showcasing Janet Holland’s vibrant work, with film, music and dance inspired by and surrounding it.
Saturday 26 October 12-6pm https://flamm.creativekernow.org.uk/event/rise-and-fall-shallal-artists/
with dancers response from 1-1.30pm
With residency artist Anna Willis https://www.instagram.com/anna__sophronia/?hl=en
we are researching artistic relationships, process and materials for our Tate St Ives Winter Festival commission, which has come from explorations from our 2022 residency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Vqu-AjK2s
We are enabling solo artists to have more studio time ie: Bobby Johnson who is the Roy Ray legacy winner for St Ives School of Painting https://shallal-arts.blogspot.com/2023/10/back-lane-west-2023-yay-and-some-news.html
Along with so much more and we hope the ’50 Coats’ will get an airing!
We aim to have a Sharing during the weekend of 28/29 October, times tbc.

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Caroline Wilkins is our Resident Artist for September

Caroline Wilkins is delighted to invite you to her exhibition ‘Graveyard Shift’ at Back Lane West in Redruth later this month.

Caroline is a printmaker working in the expanded field and this body of work includes drawing, sculpture, textiles and spoken word.

The exhibition is the culmination of a long exploration into grief, starting with a year as guest artist in the graveyard at St.Euny Church in Redruth.

The exhibition is designed to create a space for conversation, Caroline will be in the gallery space each day to talk but there will also be space for quiet reflection.

The exhibition is accompanied by a small events programme.

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Lee Mc Donald Augusts Artist in Residence

“My intention during the residency is to reflect and continue to build up my archive of tests.

The tests are scenarios of movements and reactions that happen when different materials and objects are activated via motor systems inflation or other means with comical and humorous motions that refer to carton slaptic; these tests sometimes involve sound and large structures. One Idea of the test has been slowly developing into what I call abstract robotic sculpture and use programming and basic Artificial Intelligence as a way to control the motor systems. For example if the motor comes across an obstacle it reveses untangling itself from the obstruction.

The process so far has been a series of temporary sculptures and has relied on found material and has been assembled quickly without too much consideration and can be considered as sketches.

I sometimes use found objects and discarde artworks and make recognisable forms for example an airplane, racing car, helicopter or jetski that make reference to action movies, as well as the internet, social media, contemporary life, living with technology, pandemics,NFT,s and environmental issues . I use video to record the actions that happen when the sculptures are activated. This is done as a way to document the movements and to review and understand how the materials react and to have a video registration of the temporary work.

So far I have an archive that consists of over 2000 videos which vary in duration and size.

I will spend some time walking around Redruth and exploring the landscape.
I am not entirely sure what will happen during my time at BLW.”

Lee Mc Donald

Look out for further updates and end of residency open studio info

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