BACK LANE WEST is a non-profit, artist-led residency, project, and meeting space in Redruth, Cornwall. Its aims are to support critically engaged visual art practice and artists' professional development. Central to this is the commitment to develop regional, national, and international networks of exchange, discussion, and opportunity, and contribute to the building of a nationally and internationally connected, contemporary visual art community in the South West.

Contact: info@backlanewest or backlanewest@gmail.com


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Opportunities & Engagement

BLW's core programme is grounded in its artists'/artist groups' self-funded residencies, projects and events.. As an artist-led initiative our aim is to provide a supported space and critical community to allow artists to develop work and professional practice; to explore and experiment not only with practice, but also in terms of audience engagement and involvement.

We therefore welcome residency/project/event applications - from individual artists, collaborators, artist groups, curators, writers, arts organisers....

We ask a small fee of £200 for residencies/projects lasting up to a month at BLW - £180 for up to 2 weeks - to help cover our costs.

Application is normally made by submitting an initial proposal of approximately 250 words, outlining how you would like to use the space and why this may benefit your practice, with 3+ images of recent work, and link to your website. Please feel free to contact us for a chat &/or advice about this.

We also encourage and support volunteers from any background, on a short or longer term basis, and provide volunteer/internship opportunities for graduate and post-graduate professional development and experience.


The space was established in 2009. It's current team are:
Founding directors Patrick Lowry and Jane Lowry, and directors Cat Bagg and Rosie Thompson-Glover



Back Lane West
9 Back Lane West
Cornwall TR15 2BT

Back Lane West runs adjacent to Fore Street in Redruth.

Driving: Travel along Falmouth Road which becomes Penryn Street. Adjacent to the Redruth Bookshop, take the right up Station Hill, there is a pay and display car park on your left. Exit the car park down the stone steps at the bottom right of the car park, BLW is down the bottom of this road.
*Please don't park on the Back Lane West Road*

On Foot: If coming from the Train Station walk down the hill to the Traffic Lights, go down Station road. At the bottom of the hill at the crossroads with the traffic lights, opposite Redruth Book Store turn right, take Back Lane West lane between Hollies Hotel and the building with half of it missing. The entrance to the gallery is just round the corner on the right, No. 9.

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We would like to thank Krowji and Percy Williams & Sons for their generous support of the Back Lane West project
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