Monday, 5 November 2018

Crowdfunder, residency, comments!

So excited and pleased about this years residency!
Our crowdfunder is doing well, £385 so far!
Thank you to everyone who has supported our crowdfunder so far by sharing, donating, encouraging! We have covered the rent! bought the memory card and covered some travel costs. Please help us to reach our target. We have raised £385 in 5 days with 18 supporters.
This is the first group day in the studio with Shallal Studio artists, i'm looking forward to it! There are 3 groups in this week.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/shallal-art-residency-back-lane-west

My husband is more excited than i am, asking me to look and see how much has been raised. It is heartening to be on the receiving end of others peoples good wishes and generousity. And interesting to reflect that now Lou writes many of our bids for us ( good news yesterday that a small interesting application is provisionally successful, announcement hopefully with you soon) ....it leaves me free to do what i can, so i have the time to do this and develop areas i have more skills in!
That being said i am writing a small application for a lovely little idea i thought i had to shelve but an appropriate fund has just come on the horizon. Its small and arty so i can do that and get someone to check it before it goes in....


I want to share some history and thanks, through some of the crowdfunder posted comments:

So happy to see these art projects are coming to fruition 💜
Terri was one of the first artists /facilitators and we co-ran Open House Falmouth with art and dance. I still have some of my favourite art memories from that time ie: the wonders of MASKING TAPE! I was very over excited about it in Shallal Dance Theatre rehearsal/workshop last Friday, drawing big huge scale on the floor .... pathways, intersections, shape, patten direction

Shallal are the beating heart of Cornwall, they are the voice of humanity and the glory of performance. We have attended this residence before and it was transformative.
Jeanette ( and Rory, https://vimeo.com/10890354 ) came to the first residency and we had such a good time altogether, again wonderful memories and it opened the door for our successful 3 month Porthmeor Residency, inspired by contact through Laura Menzies ( she has returned this year and has been our opening artist, some alone time in a different studio) written by Lou Brett ( also supporting our first residency, as well as some studio time and a show with her husband Mike etc) who has gone on to support so much for us, and helped by the quiet background communication/support/advocacy of trustee Henrietta Boex - now our chairperson.
Last Friday when i was playing with masking tape Lou was ordering Studio furniture with Matt our business manager, all thanks to her bid writing!....YES good news St Peters Church Hall Newlyn is our first permanent studio base!! starting from now, we are beginning to furnish and equip the 2 spaces we will use.

Have fun in the studio!
Laura Wild. Laura set up our first temporary studio at the John Daniel Centre, she gave so much, brought on artists and is an inspiration, Al and Toby are part of www.roamingcic.com

Good luck with this Jo, hope you raise loads, sounds brilliant! O xxx
Oli is the person who introduced us by chance to Back Lane West and the rest they say is history. Our family went to the end of his residency at Back Lane West and it was in conversation with Jane and Patrick Lowry BIG THANK YOU to them that our residencies were born!
At the time Oli and his lovely wife Zeph lived in our 'blue hut' and they remain some of our ( now grown up childrens ) favourite lodgers.
Oli has participated in Shallal residencies since then and his photography is fine and beautiful....http://oliverraymondbarker.co.uk/

Really excited to be part of this residency!
Sam Lawrence a new artistic friend, Sam stood in for Lois as associate artist in our Liskeard group and when we chatted about the residency opportunities said she wanted to explore walls! so yesterday she was in the space and returns again on Friday. She is a lovely dance artist, fun to work with I hope we do more in the future. Check out
We brought over our dance floor - a first - and look forward to using it Thursday when Liskeard group are in the studio.

So i need to get on (materials are not my strong point and) we are transporting paint, cardboard, heater, rags, cameras etc to the studio today...tea and biscuits - all the necessary equipment.
A big thank you to everyone and today especially to Barry our new trustee, who I look forward to supporting, he has an enthusiastic ease and is a joy to watch around paint!
Also George who is driving Jonathan and Zoe up from Penzance..and get better soon to Delpha who has hurt her shoulder....

Tomorrow 'Express Yourself' artists are in with Barry and i and Thursday 'Out There' Liskeard group, along with Emily photographing in the afternoon...

so i leave you with the first crowdfunder comment:

I look forward to seeing the wonderful work Shallal does in the coming year! All the best to you all.
Laura Ramsey

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