Delighted that the first film, (made with real film!), I made with Rachael Jones, has been selected for the next Cornish Slates screening. Treyarnon was due to be screened as part of the event on 25 March 2020, but this is now being rescheduled for later in the year. Film made with the support of Cultivator Cornwall.
April 2020 – Artist Oliver Raymond-Barker set up Artists Supporting PPE to support Concept Shed run by Sam Lanyon and his non-profit team, who are mass producing face shields for the NHS, either at cost price or for free. To help support this endeavour a community of artists from across the South West have generously donated artworks for sale, with 100% of proceeds going directly to Sam’s CoVisor project. Thank you to the lovely supporter who brought my Windfall print, the initiative brought in over £1,500. www.crowdfunder.co.uk
THANK YOU Cultivator! I have been awarded an Individual Skills Development grant by Cultivator, Cornwall for online review sessions to support book in progress: Endless Reproduction. The work is from the years I was unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant. They merge the frustrations and increased medical interventions of trying to conceive, with the mechanical processes and failures of photography. The grant will enable me to connect directly with curators and publishers for advice on making the book a reality. www.cultivatorcornwall.org.uk
Agile Structures by Sovay Berriman and Sara Bowler was a great online conference over 4 days from 24 to 27 June 2020. Talks and resources from Cinzia Mutigli, Holly Davey, Shama Khanna and Ceri Hand amongst others. Lovely check-ins over breakfast with curators, producers and artists across the region. I introduced book in progress Endless Reproduction in the Speed Show on Friday 26 June. Thanks for the opportunity Sara and Sovay, great to share book for the first time with other presenters; Katy Richardson, Delpha Hudson, Helen Trevaskis and Kitty Hillier. Thank you everyone for the feedback. www.agilestructures.persona.co #agilestructures2020
Thanks Sam Bassett and all who organised Equinoxy! A one night only exhibition in Sam’s studio in St Ives – ‘up top’ of the town, on Friday 20th September 2019. Fundraiser for Extinction Rebellion. Artists; Simon Bayliss, Lucy Stein, Ben Sanderson, Abigail Robertson, Sam Bassett Finlay Abbott Ellwood, Ali, Ilker Cinarel, Andy Harper and Michael Eddy.
Thank you to Naomi Frears for the invitation to exhibit as part of Scenes at Newlyn Art Gallery 19 October 2019 to 4 January 2020. Great to be part of the show with works by; Rachael Jones, Lauren Keeley, Alice Mahoney, Ben Sanderson, Soraya Smithson and Joe Townshend. ‘New work by artists and filmmakers, including film stills, ceramics, prints, and paintings of remembered, imagined and actual scenes from films by seven artists and filmmakers.’ www.newlynartgallery.co.uk
Cultivator Cornwall Celebration event – Exhibition ‘From A to B, via C’. An opportunity to see work by artists who have been supported to expand their media and process of making. I received support from Cultivator to work with Kelly Taylor and Rachael Jones – mentoring and film editing skills development.
Work in progress film ‘Night Sounds’ shown as part of the exhibition at Back Lane West gallery in Redruth. Thanks to the team for including the work in the exhibition and to audience for coming to the talks on Saturday.
Coming up in February, I’ll be the Artist of the Month on the Visual Arts South West website, link to follow here soon.
‘So You Think You Know Where You Are 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
“Beautiful dreamy show by Melanie Stidolph…hovering between states of being.” Mandy Lee Jandrell