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.
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.
In and Out of Love was selected for, and had its first screening at Future Imperfect at Plymouth University in April. Organised by Allister Gall and Katy Richardson the seminar was a day of screenings, workshops, a presentation by Melanie Manchot and finale by the Imperfect Orchestra. imperfectcinema.com.
Tate Film Club runs as part of the Wadebridge Look Group and is programmed by the group, Circle Contemporary and Tate St Ives. This screening on 14th January at Hawksfield showed work by Naomi Frears, Rachael Jones and myself. Thank you for the invitation Jeanie Sinclair, Assistant Learning Curator, Tate St Ives.
I was invited by Tate St Ives to programme Film Club on 18 August as part of the gallery’s Summer of Art. Titled after the Air Supply hit of 1980, All Out of Love, the selected films draw on the exhaustion and frustration of endings, but also feats of effort: actions driven ‘out of love’. The screening included works by Margaret Salmon, winner of the first Max Mara Art Prize, Turner Prize nominee James Richards, Naomi Frears, collaborators Simon Bayliss and Susie Green with their new work Love Immersion and recent Falmouth University graduate Charlie Fairbairn.
Screened as part of The Voyeurs in St Ives last week, The Pleasure, The Privilege is the starting point for a new work. Based on short sequences unified through sung vocals from The Smiths song There is a light that never goes out, laid over ambient sounds of insects and birds. The developed film will utilise shifts between devised and incidental vignettes joined together to reflect an emotive pull and heightened observation of immediate surroundings. A snippet from the film is here – https://vimeo.com/
Thanks to Naomi and Simon for the invite. I’m showing a new film. There’s food (Dom from CAST so it’ll be good) and a bar. Frears & Bayliss Present: The Voyeurs – An Evening of Short Films by Anne McGuire | Tracy Moffatt | Rachael Jones | James Hankey | Melanie Stidolph | Jean Genet | Kurt Kren. 7 – 9.30pm, Thursday 2nd June. Free Admission. 3 Porthmeor Studios, St Ives Cornwall, TR26 1NG.