Thursday, 2 July 2020

Regenerative Visions for the Arts In Cornwall ...

What I've been doing!

"Inspired by talks and meetings through this lockdown period I wanted to share what i was learning and hearing with Artists and Organisations throughout Cornwall, so we can embrace the changes we need to make and support each other in moving forwards."
Jo Willis creative director Shallal

Regenerative Visions for the Arts in Cornwall
    Zoom presentation

Thursday 30th July 7 - 8.15pm
     Free booking on Eventbrite 

Doughnut Economics for the arts organisations, companies and artists in Cornwall - Manda Brookman of Cafe Disruptif a Cornish Perspective

Helston Climate Action Group - Katharine Lewis 
https://www.facebook.    com/HelstonClimateActionGroup

Cultural Equality, a local action example - Jess Prendergrast  Onion Collective                                                                              CIC, Somerset.

Culture Declares Emergency South West - Judith Knight, freelance producer,                                                                           founder and former director of Arts Admin

Regenerative Visions for the Arts In Cornwall
Shallal a local inclusive arts charity are excited to announce this event on Zoom. Bringing together local activists, new economic models, initiatives for the arts and community working together thriving and surviving.  
"The aim of these short talks is to drop a pebble into a pond and watch the ripples have their affect.
The artists in Cornwall are so creative, collaborative and caring as well as responsive and resilient. We just need to share ways forwards to develop and support new systems to challenge those becoming redundant and those we no longer want to support as they contributed to this crisis, to embrace new ways which will enable us to go forwards positively.
Lockdown gave me time to listen to some visionary speakers on Zoom meetings, i want to share some of what i have been inspired by."

came across this...
What if....
Life Modelling by RailwayWhat if….Flexi-working allowed you to be a digital nomad?
Universal Basic Income replaced incomes as we know them now?
We all had 3- or 4-day week instead of 5?
The country shut up shop one day a week everywhere.
Annual leave was 120 days, not 28? What could you do with that time?
And what is time? Standardised time was first adopted in Britain in the 1840s by railway companies, so everyone would know when a train would arrive and leave.
What if we didn’t base our decisions on that which we deem to be most ‘efficient’ or ‘productive’ or fast? Is our idea of efficiency really efficient?

What if..
we look at how we would like to live with the world and others and start dreaming again and inform those dreams with Doughnut Economics model, dreaming, regenerative, distributive models for being. Symbiosis, one of my favourite ways of viewing a good creative relationship, all mutually flourishing, making sacrifice for the common good, giving to receive!

Of the Empire
by Mary Oliver

We will be known as a culture that feared death
and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity
for the few and cared little for the penury of the
many. We will be known as a culture that taught
and rewarded the amassing of things, that spoke 
little if at all about the quality of life for
people (other people), for dogs, for rivers. All 
the world, in our eyes, they will say, was a
commodity. And they will say that this structure
was held together politically, which it was, and
they will say also that our politics was no more
than an apparatus to accommodate the feelings of
the heart, and that the heart, in those days,
was small, and hard, and full of meanness.  

It is time for Structural systems change, people have done so much individually but now our systems also have to change and we have no choice if we want to survive and be able to look at our children. We need to educate ourselves in what is possible and aim for it now!
I've seen it done in a smaller way within the lives of people who were excluded, (I was a Community Service Volunteer CSV in one of the first independent homes for people with learning disabilities and now that is so common) the work is never over yet we have come far, but that change took 30 years and we haven't 30 years to tinker with the planet and our uses and abuses!
Coming out of lockdown, let's come out renewed, refreshed, ready to work for change!
Still in lockdown? let's start work right now!

Creatively, Eddie has written a great new song
"If we are going back to normal, 
How are you going to change your life?"

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Such interesting things going on...

Such interesting things going on...
this was on the bottom of an email from
Jess Prendergrast

We are coordinating the COVID-19 community frontline response in Watchet. Please bear with me if I do not come back to you as quickly as usual.

Proud to have been profiled recently by Arts Council England for International Women’s Day as an inspirational woman in leadership:

Read about our amazing plastic-eating mushrooms industry for Watchet in partnership with the wonderful Biohm in the Guardian here:

Many thanks to trustee Nick Fripp for supporting my application to be a fellow of as you may have heard lockdown has given me time to listen and now connect as it rekindled my activist tendencies and I think Shallal's approach and ethos has something to share and offer, so I am reaching out into: Culture Declares Emergency and the RSA, to be part of the current debate looking at the challenges facing us all. 

More frivolously i am always a great believer in a cup of tea or coffee and chat so I like this part...

During the Age of Enlightenment, coffeehouses became centres of creativity and innovation. Embracing people from all walks of life and providing spaces for debate and discussion, they were the information network of the 17th and 18th centuries, playing a vital role in bringing about the radical innovations that transformed our world.
 The RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce) was established in an enlightenment coffeehouse in 1754 named Rawthmells, by a group of people with a shared vision for a better tomorrow.
 Today, over 29,000 Fellows support the RSA’s mission to find practical solutions to social challenges. Rawthmells coffeehouse is the natural home for anyone who wants to change the world, enabling people to connect, share knowledge and collaborate. 
Conversations happening with some interesting and inspiring people and more information and announcement shortly.

Big thank you to my family, my husband Peter has watched Shallal from its beginnings,  when we first met he supported people with challenging behaviour and high support needs to dance in my sessions, he helped drive the mini bus and supported at early performances, he listens to me when subtle but important things in our ethos and approach might slip and reassures me. Mary is invaluable compiling and updating our COVID19 brief and policy and following the latest recommendations and legal requirements. Anna having been immersed in Shallal via Open House Penzance, Shallal Dance Theatre, Shallal2, Back Lane West and Porthmeor Art residencies and Shallal Sketchbooks so she has a wealth of experience and helps me sift through ideas and responses, she hmas a good eye.

New tracks

Tracks for Shallal 2

Monday, 29 June 2020

Eddie's Weather Playlist

New play list for Shallal
all about the Weather

here my first weather song
it's to do with good weather

because sometimes it's sunny but other time it not

this is Ain't No Sunshine

by Bill Withers

and now for a second song
about  bad wether

it by  Gene Kelly

it is Singing in the rain

and now for another summer song

it is by  Vivaldi

and this is Summer, Four Seasons

and now  for another
song about rain
it is bluegrass

Originally by Peter Rowan and Tony Rice

Covered by Obray Ramsey
and this is Rain and Snow

and now for another summer song

by Lesley Gore

and this is Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbow

and now  for another
song about rain

originally by Lady Gaga ft Ariana Grande

but covered by Samuel Solis on Sax

and this is Rain on me

Monday, 22 June 2020

Week 12 is review your choices, pick your favourites and look again week! Musings, news Picture Post project and no playlist!

Many wonderful things going on in Shallal at present,
especially Picture Post the developed work of Shallal Studios outreaching to old and new artists and partnering with Project Ability.
I have always rated News as something that others want to tell you about and I have many artists enthusiastically sharing their work and enjoyment, see more at

Now is normally the time i collate a playlist and this week i'm taking a break to review it...also the politics of I and i?

Finding tunes that work can be time consuming or nearly instantaneous and fortuitous, without the easy try on, and stop and start of an in the room Shallal session to review your choices, it poses more questions.
Zoom, as many have been writing about, is a great but restricted tool, a co-worker we are all making friends with and also restrictive of what sounds good, some of my favourite new musical finds have been to subtle to really work when presented on that format.
I'd hoped to get to Music Choices 12 but am pausing at 11.

Last week the toll (from the last 3 months) of getting everything going behind the scenes,
" I can't believe how busy and fast you got the whole Shallal up and running on the internet" Shallal Associate artist
sunk slightly under the more complex ( even more unclear?!) new style Covid19 guidelines along with the needs and wishes for more in person connection felt so heavily from some in Shallal and wanting to honour it all and keep us as safe as possible, so  Risk Assessments RA at the top of our agenda. It's settling. We hope to have the first 1:1 meet up this week which is piloting the way forward for others: social distance, outside and 3 fold RA.
As always all the artists and facilitators are thinking outside the box, finding safe outdoor spaces, communicating well with all involved and working and collaborating, using restriction as creatively as possible. Many thanks and admiration to the whole team.

Away from delivering tunes people might like to dance and move to I need to turn my attention to delivery, with feedback from participants in Zoom land. So am taking stock and reflecting.

In the background Barbara and Lou continue to fundraise, seek new opportunities, liaise and translate the needs and wishes within Shallal into tangible aims and projects again with collaboration from across Shallal.

Shallal Sketchbooks is coming back into its own with Claire's energy and enthusiasm and it's obvious outreach potential in lockdown.

So in my normal circular thinking back to near the beginning.

Apologies no playlist this week,
Week 12 is review your choices, pick your favourites and look again week!
Rummage through your old music and explore online platforms or like Toby get out some good old vinyl, drawing to music was suggested in Shallal Art Zoom and will continue this Friday for our next theme. Thanks to Barry Cooper our host artist.
photos from Friday Art Zoom
Barry Copper top left

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

these times ....RSA and Culture Declares Emergency

Life can lead us in strange directions and i find myself applying to be Fellow of The RSA

My activism tendencies being stirred by our recent world wide situation with COVID19.
Culture Declares Emergency ( CDE) and other responses.

for example....
The Offer
Art, Ecology, Emergency: Sustaining Practice
The Offer: Your invitation to join a virtual space for The CDE Community
The Offer 11.00-12.30pm
Wednesday 17 June 2020, 11.00-12.30 and 19.30-21.00Art, Ecology, Emergency: Sustaining Practice
This two-part event will explore the intersections of artistic practice and ecology, bringing together artists, producers and academics to share their experiences and their research.
Organised by Eden Project Ltd and the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter

Part One will focus on curatorial and academic perspectives, exploring the relationships between ecological research, artistic practice and public engagement. Questions explored will include: What kind of ecological knowledge do we need to creatively navigate our way through crisis and uncertainty? How can ecological expertise inform creative practice? Are we all ecologists now?

Host: Caitlin DeSilvey: Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter
Lucia Pietroiusti: Curator, General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries, London; co-curator, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish

Dr Erini Saratsi: University of Reading, lead author on 'Valuing Arts & Arts Research' (2019)

Please note that all speakers and both hosts will be present and participating in both sessions. You are welcome to attend either or both parts, but must book separately for each.
The Offer and The Evening Offer are a response to the context of Coronavirus and the devastating impact it is having on our society, and not least on the creative and cultural community. It is a space for anyone involved in or interested in a cultural response to the climate and ecological emergency.

"Tate's directors have joined the Culture Declares Emergency movement, adding their names to a list of hundreds of cultural institutions that pledged to take action on climate change. including Somerset House, Battersea Arts Centre and the Royal Court Theatre."
There are now over a 1000 signatories.

Eddie's playlist upbeat and slow songs

Shallal's New Playlist
of Songs that are up beat and
 songs that are slow

This is is by David Samborn 
this is slow song called Indio

this is by everything everything
it is up beat song called  Distant past

This is is originally Composer: Erik Satie 
this is slow song called Gnossienne 1
covered on guitar by Gerasimos Pylarinos 

this is by Christine and the Queens
it is another up beat song called Tilted

there is a lot of slavery going on at the moment
so i'm upping the black singers  with this

third slow song  by Bill Withers

and it is  Ain't No Sunshine

there is a lot of slavery going on at the moment

so i'm upping the black singers with this song by Laura Mvula

up beat song it is Green Garden

this is another slow 
song by Norah Jones
and it is Come away with me

here another up beat

song by Toploader

how loved to dance around at night time

this is Dancing in the Moonlight  

Monday, 15 June 2020

Connect & Create Music Choice week 11 ....and dance links

A very random mix, this week pick and mix!

Shallal 2 are currently stretching their wings and happy to have old friends rejoin us!
Lisa Mortensen who covered my maternity leave 12 years ago came along!
and has suggested some great tunes

  • Brown Rice by Shadowfax    As you were talking about comedic music yesterday, I remembered this song from my days at Annexe Arts

  • More songs from Shadowfax - good for shapes
  • Prez Prado - good for humour and lifting the energy

Jo- Social dance

Demelza's suggestions

Jo- Themes

I listened to this list again and decided it needs a challenge..

Demelza's again....

Jo- In memory of Marjorie and with love to Zoe

add on....

Anna and i listened to Einaudi 'Seven Days Walking'' on our way home in the car travelling through Somerset what joy! and I found this

Dance links and thoughts
Kirstie Simson
really interesting some of her perspective around dance, life and performance i find myself resting within some of her view and in Wolfgang's ethos and outlook, extraordinary how much ones early 20's affect you? 
I watched her perform with Julyen Hamilton at Dartington in early 80's and it has stayed with me all my life such playful joyful robust ( really highly skilled) contact improv.

Anna and I looked at some of these...

And then there is ...PINA, a must see...
(and a good essay about it we posted some years ago

and in the background interesting links and conversations starting ....
Doughnut Economics research

Friday, 12 June 2020

Thomas's poems

Thomas Remnant
of Liskeard 'Out There' group
wants to share these poems with others in Shallal.

 The colour of Spring

The colour of Spring shine in different way of
the way I like, showing around what's it brings
Of the Light from flammable sun shining through
The colours of flowers grows in different 
    and let it stay with plenty of Power
          Also pollen from busy bees
       buzzing away in
Yellow and Black 
That Spring is so mellowed

       The colour of sky so warmed
       and settled in the air
        Always bring breeze
             and the lamb bounced 
          on the colour of green 

Seal of Looe

Imagine yourself the way you felt
Touching a wave upon your feet
Or paddle, swimming upon
 on a bigger wave
    Something you can feel 
Is cold and salty
    The seaweed is rusty
 as green brown
     Moving the way of
  a wave and 
  soft to touch
     Specially around 
   sea animals
     Fishes, crabs, sharks
      Seals, Dolphins are
        to play in the