Inclusive arts charity Shallal is happy to be returning to Back Lane West for the fifth year running for their annual October combined arts residency. This year the residency has Arts Council England funding to work with local community groups and a wide range of artists, widening awareness of their new inclusive visual art studio at Krowji creative hub.

The themes for 2019 are; 3D, working bigger in paint, electronic music, puppetry, animation, lighting design and illustrating Shallal’s new poetry anthology. Artists will research and develop new ideas often in collaboration with others, and in new mediums.

On Saturday 26th October, 3-6pm Shallal are hosting Talking with light: a talk and Q & A with light artist Peter Freeman. The talk will begin at 3pm, followed by a showing of Shallal soundscape and dance work from 4pm, with time for discussion from 5pm.

Then on Thursday 31st October, 3-6pm join Sahllal to see work made through experimentation, collaboration and play by diverse artists during their residency.

“Back Lane West is Shallal’s annual opportunity to work outside of our comfort zones, learn from
each other and invite completely new artists to take us to new places…This year we have been lucky enough to have a puppet specialist, a light artist and a number of filmmakers as well as returning themes and artists. This enables participating artists to find new forms of self-expression and new vocabularies as well as making new creative partnerships with others.”

Shallal Studios lead artist – Lou Brett

This year’s residency plays a part in embedding Shallal in the community of Redruth, as the charity settles into its new inclusive art studio at Krowji creative hub under the heading of Shallal Studios, funded by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Community

To get involved with Shallal contact Lou on and follow their progress through the month on Instagram at @shallalarts and Twitter @ShallalStudios.


Shallal is an inclusive arts charity based in Cornwall. They celebrate diversity, ability and community, and are a flagship of inclusive arts practice. Shallal has been described as “one of Cornwall’s great hidden treasures.”

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