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

Whilst we remain closed to the public, we are pleased to announce that artists are now using the project space on an individual basis again.

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


Shallal return to Back Lane West for their annual residency this November. In 2020 they are asking how art and beauty can inform our response to global crisis, working with outreaching and sharing information.

Their research is underpinned by an exploration of  – Doughnut Economics. The second in their series of online events on the subject – ‘Regenerative Visions for the Arts in Cornwall’ – will take place on Zoom between 13.30 – 15.30 on Friday 13th November. Register on eventbrite to attend.

Conversations around colour explored through their work with Peter Freeman at Back Lane West last year will be expanded through a Zoom presentation by Cuthbert Willis, who will share the ways that colour informs his art practice, and ‘R&D Words from Colour’ with writer/performer Jo Lumber.
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Liv Gravil

Liv Gravil is a painter, drawer, and inventor of impossible places. Her practice focuses on the draw of strange experiences and the act of trying to understand them through storytelling. In trying to imagine inhabiting impossible places (darkness, void space; movements underground and into space and time) she considers a perspective that is fascinated with discomfort as opposed to afraid of it. Through a focus on the external Weirdness of of place, she aims to develop a language with which to discuss the internal weirdnesses of personhood.

Liv is the 2020 recipient of the Back Lane West graduate residency award supported by Falmouth School of Art. She intends to use her residency to continue her explorations at the intersection of
story and image-making.

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Sovay Berriman

This August we welcome Sovay Berriman to the Back Lane West project space for a residency supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund.

Throughout the social restrictions of COVID 19 Sovay like so many of us has missed hugging her friends and family, and casually touching the shoulder or arm of any person with whom she is chatting in the street, a shop, a bar…  She says “I think of my Gran, now dead, who missed touching and being touched once she became house-bound. Then with a move to a Cornwall Care home touch was renewed and the gentle carers would make a point of touching, hand holding and head stroking. It became clearer to me then what an intimacy we share, even with strangers or those we cannot precisely remember, when we touch.”


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