Screen shot, photograph of Melanie Stidolph

Conference: Agile Structures

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. #agilestructures2020

Exhibition: Scenes

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.’

Flyer for exhibition

Exhibition: Equinoxy

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.

Video still of two legs apart in the sea

Exhibition: From A to B, via C


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.

Artist of the month – February

Coming up in February, I’ll be the Artist of the Month on the Visual Arts South West website, link to follow here soon.

Enys House Exhibition

‘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.

GOLDEN extended through August

Melanie Stidolph: GOLDEN at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives has been extended until the end of August. Entrance is free, email or call 01736 339339 to check opening times.

“Beautiful dreamy show by Melanie Stidolph…hovering between states of being.” Mandy Lee Jandrell


Cultivator awards

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

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 or call 01736 339339 to check opening times – daily before 11:00 and after 16:00 – Wednesday before 13:00 and after 16:00.

Photograph of studio with 3 photographs of a family round a rock pool

Studio Show

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.