‘So You Think You Know Where You’re Going?’ was an exhibition and day of artist and curator conversation at Enys House in Penryn, Cornwall. Thank you to Cultivator Cornwall and Back Lane West for the invitation and for organising a great day, including contributions by Andrew Hunt, Manchester Metropolitan University, Holly Graham, Turf Projects and Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice.
Melanie Stidolph: GOLDEN at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives has been extended until the end of August. Entrance is free, email [email protected] or call 01736 339339 to check opening times. www.bsjwtrust.co.uk
“Go see Melanie Stidolph’s show of photographic work – balancing, buoyancy & light. Loved it.” Lara Goodband
“Beautiful dreamy show by Melanie Stidolph…hovering between states of being.” Mandy Lee Jandrell
Thank you to Cultivator for two new awards to support six months mentoring with curator and producer Kelly Taylor and video editing with filmmaker Rachael Jones. Kelly Taylor has an established background in the production and curation of film works through her previous roles including Director of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, recent on location film producer for Tacita Dean, and currently, film programmer for CAST in Cornwall. Rachael Jones is a Lecturer on Documentary and Experimental Filmmaking and a PhD student at Falmouth University. Rachael’s recent commissions include Tracing Granite and Weaving Witches & Women of Penryn. This support from Cultivator is made possible by funding from the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.
Melanie Stidolph: GOLDEN, 6-10 August. Exhibition in Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. New large scale photographs focusing on contemporary social groups set in the context of recent work and archive images. Thank you to Abigail Reynolds, resident artist at Porthmeor Studios for the invitation and to Mandy Lee Jandrell for her kind assistance. Exhibition entrance is free, email [email protected] or call 01736 339339 to check opening times – daily before 11:00 and after 16:00 – Wednesday before 13:00 and after 16:00. www.bsjwtrust.co.uk
Thanks to Abigail Reynolds for hosting a one night show in her studio on Sunday 22 July of some of my new work. Showed prints from photographs taken on recent trip to New Zealand, focusing on family groupings and man-made objects in the landscape.
Over the past two years I've been working on the Groundwork programme as Learning Coordinator. The public programme is live this summer, showing international art in a wide variety of settings in Cornwall. This was a recent highlight – two Sean Lynch films and a wonderful artist talk in Helston Museum, a perfect setting for Sean's re-consideration and re-complication of our everyday. www.groundwork.art
Curated Late at Tate as part of my role as Learning Curator at Tate St Ives. ‘Judder Shudder’ took place on Friday 13 April 2018 and featured solo and collaborative performances by Jonathan Baldock and Florence Peake. Inspired by the theatricality of Barbara Hepworth’s wheeled plinths in her studio at the Palais de Danse, the performance blurred sculpture, costume and performer to create an act of absurd ritualism, at once humorous and tense, light and dark. Film programme featuring works by Rachael Jones, Anna Lucas & Alice Walton, Frances Scott and Florence Peake and footage from the recent collaborative performance of Rubato Dance with costumes by Jonathan Baldock.
Through my role as Learning Curator, Adult Programmes at Tate St Ives I commissioned artist Abigail Reynolds to create a performance for the re-opening of the gallery in October 2017. Abigail worked with Gareth Churcher, Leader of the St Keverne Band and founder of the Cornwall Music Trust to produce a mirrored performance for two choirs who marked the new territory of the gallery, in and out of the building. Over 4,000 people witnessed the two performances on the first public day of the new gallery. www.abigailreynolds.com
Co-curated Late at Tate at Tate St Ives on Friday 16 June with artist, Naomi Frears. The event featured dancer Kuldip Singh-Barmi, raconteur David Bramwell, performance artist Chloe Cooper and screenings from artists including Anna Lucas, Dan Scott and including my own new film ‘In and Out of Love’.
Thank you to Naomi Frears who curated last week’s sound show at Porthemor Studio with works by; Dan Scott, Josie Cockram, Oliver Sutherland and a new sound piece from me To Die By Your Side.