Thursday, 10 September 2020

Back Lane West Residency dates and lots of updates

Back Lane West residency dates

11th November to 9th December.  
at present 
Jo timetabling: Cross art forms & R&D 11 Nov - 25 Nov 
Phoebe, Shallal Studios, 25 Nov - 9 Dec

Do contact us with any suggestions, some will take place off site:

Shallal Visioning ( and introducing Doughnut Economics ) Zoom Friday 13 Nov 2 - 4pm with Jo and Manda, invitations throughout Shallal, participants, performers, supporters, artists, facilitators, trustees, business manager etc...

Michael is R&D'ing his new project Maps of Colour
Cornish Doughnut Feast is in R&D at present
Eddie wants to write a song about Economics
Zoe has said she wants to make a film?
Phoebe and Janet painting in the last week
Lou and Sally visit
Lou possible film?

Sometimes i think i blog to decongest whats going on and now Shallal is about to blossom bigger than i can report on which is good!

Phoebe, Lou and Nick are busy planning and creating our NEW website with Barbara helping and Anna madly archiving 30 + years of photos - and we won't even chat about film and of course lots of the best work wasn't filmed or sometimes even photographed, the ephemeral nature of performance especially pre digital age. However thanks to Danu when she was development manager  in our early return years  and the fact i don't throw much away we have found most 

 Phoebe and Lou's project ( with Project Ability ) Picture Post continues to be so popular and calls are for it to continue.

I'm distilling a potential new application written via Mary with Barbara's support/overview hoping to bring in Sapphire

Our summer sessions end and new term begins today!

Thanks especially to Demelza for supporting through the summer with Colin.

Thanks also to Lisa who supported Art Zoom and worked with Claire to establish and deliver Shallals Sketchbooks Zoom.

Cornish Doughnut Feast

I'm struggling with Circles and Doughnuts but a conversation recently was "how sometimes your best work comes from struggling with things you can't quite 'get/fit' into your art outlook easily"...

a lot going on behind the scenes since an inspiring chat with Manda Brookman and yesterday with Jenny at Jenny Andersson, The Really Regenerative Centre CIC from RSA connection?! 

 to sprinkle the idea of some sort of RSA platform, dialogue, zoom etc featuring Doughnut Economics and the part of art and beauty, culture? and embedding it, introducing it more into society through the arts

Tina Cockett sent us this


yet to be explored but so important!

Friday, 28 August 2020

Culture Declares Emergency & cornishdoughnutfeast

Thanks to Colin and Tony for this banner being in place by today!
"So much to do so little time"
(says the White rabbit in Alice in Wonderland)

CDE banner in Krowji Studio window

                                                 Building on Regenerative Visions, 
                                       Shallal are collaborating with Cafe Disruptif 
                                                   Cornish Doughnut Feast
positive news and ways forward are what we need, so let's drop what got us here 'growth economics' and start joined up, circular thinking.

 Doughnut Economics provides a new model which can be adapted and used and is already by many, 
Let's promote and introduce it. 

Shallal are now part of Cornwall Doughnut Collective.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Playlist Doughnuts and Circles week!

 Doughnuts and Circles week 


Music choices from Sam!

from Jo L

Many years ago someone played this song to me... lots of circles ...bit cheesy...

really pleased  to have found this lovely fiddle player, she has lots on you tube...

always liked rounds!

Circles in songs and foot work

from Terri

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Feedback/chat from Regenerative Visions for the Arts in Cornwall.

Feedback and connections from Zoom talks for 
Regenerative Visions for the Arts in Cornwall.

73 booked  - from Japan & Berlin to UK, Cornwall! which showed it's relevance
55  on event

We were so pleased and grateful to have such high quality and experienced speakers.

"Well done last night I thought the event was brilliant and you spoke so well. How exciting! Thanks Jo"

Attendees included:
Arts Well
Redwing Gallery
Hall for Cornwall
The Green Bottle Company
The Box Arts
Fuse Diverse Dance
The Creative Gym
Golden Tree Productions
Awen Productions CIC
Westcountry Rivers Trust
MSc Sustainable Development at Exeter (Falmouth)
Cornwall Council - Senior Culture and CI Officer
Council chair at the Royal Society of Art
Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England
Creative actions for XR and ocean rebellion 

Freelance writers, photographers and artists

From the Zoom Chat...

the UCL Covid19 social study has shown that engaging in creativity has been the most protective factor for mental health and wellbeing during this crisis

And that engagement has been across the social demographic including people who are experiencing severe hardship and with long term mental illness. ...Jayne Howard of Arts Well


if one person fails we all fail is such a profound idea. it is how our ecosystems work in nature. the cultural mycelium of the human world echoing nature.

so inspiring… Art, Design, Science, Community, all coming together in a transformative culture. completely brilliant. From Deborah Curtis

The mushroom factory is SO exciting!!!

So inspiring Jessica.

Amazing Jessica, thanks so much.

 Jessica Prendergrast

Also, if anyone wants to hear more about the mushroom factory podcast, we have just launched a podcast of the journey to building it. Available here.


 Deborah Curtis - Little House of Fairy tales

This is now a moment of Tipping Point.. we need to ensure that critical thinking, science, technology and politics are in joined up thinking with the arts. Culture is everything about how we cloth ourselves, feed ourselves, warm ourselves, relate to each other. we need to join the dots. not be separate.

There are so many brilliant organisations who have been working for decades. We need to make sure their voices are also heard. if we all work together we can create extraordinary transformation.


Brilliant, thank you - Jayne Howard & LΓ©a Guzzo - Cornwall Council - Senior Culture and CI Officer 

Thanks to all the speakers and to Jo for organising this From Helen Tiplady HFC

Thank you Jo and all the speakers, really motivating and inspiring

Thank you Jo and all the speakers - lots of food for thought.

Look forward to hopefully connecting again. Be great to catch up this way in future. Thanks for all the presentations. ...Collaborating not competing is key :-)

Thank you so much for organising this Jo, and thank you to all the  speakers. This event was really well put together - inspiring and energising. Teresa, CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust)

Thanks you to Jo and all the speakers for an inspiring gathering

The Covid19 Social Study shows that participating in creative activity has been the best protector of mental health and wellbeing over the pandemic

We will immediately be joining up to Culture Declares

Thanks everyone - all the talks and projects mentioned sound so inspiring. I will be trying to integrate some of these ideas in to my new project.

 ecologist and creative

LΓ©a Guzzo - Cornwall Council - Senior Culture and CI Officer 

We are working toward our new 5 years cultural strategy for Cornwall: Creative Manifesto. Would be great to see all this embedded in this new strategy> Thanks the presentation. 

Thanks very much for good info - I think that it is really only creativity which will get us through things... so true that we have to look at what is near us. - Chair of Newlyn Society of Artists

Fantastic presentations, thank you everyone, very inspiring! 

Follow up chats between the speakers
BRILLIANT! πŸ™‚ Well done,  ... fab!
.. fabulous, Judith - a storm of examples and compelling-ness to declare!!
Great to meet everyone - and fab to find out about Jess and Contain Arts and the Onion, and Complete Communication -a very rich hour and a half all round. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Thanks for organising a really interesting session – great to hear the other speakers.  

Thanks so much again – and great to ‘meet’ you all!

Thank you, Jo! And thank you everyone!

I had some lovely feedback....... this morning
.... Judith..... . fabulous too (you all were!) and it was really encouraging to see people in the chat box saying that they were signing up to Culture Declares!
"..... the feedback ...... was for the whole event..... said that it really highlighted how much we all need to be working together on this, and that climate / doughnut way of working needs to underpin everything that everyone is doing going forwards πŸ’š"


Green week playlist

 Green theme week

Art has always involved Activism

Shallal has always wanted to show a better way for us to be together and now we can't keep silence about our systems ( which need to change now) and the planet which is our home. (People who are vulnerable are often the worst and first affected.)


This is a rather random selection which doesn't have Einaudi's Elegy for the Arctic, which is on an older playlist.

I've enjoyed listening to some great 'oldies' and finding the new work at the end.

 Culture Declares Emergency

August 28th sees a Culture Declares Emergency banner drop - there will be one on our door at Shallal Studio Krowji.

 Everyone is invited to join in with write/create - Letters to Power 

In Shallal -join in with Green Art and next week its Doughnuts and Circles.

Doughnut Economics, Circular economies...and anyone with Easy Read copy for any of these please get in touch.

JoL's suggestion of Greensleeves...

first use of the term One World..warm up
simple and effective message but now we need our systems to do so much more...

the beach boys 1972 Brighton pier!

whoops warning swear word - but good song

our concerns are not new...

up tempo..

gone green!

Mama Teirra
Macaco, one of Spain's most popular rock groups, produced this video in collaboration with National Geographic to raise awareness for the environment.

Letters to Power is a call to everyone it follows on from Letters to the Earth

wind down

positive note...what we love..

my search lead me here, look forward to working with these compositions

to listen to at home

Until we are out of this crisis we need to maintain our focus, 

and harness the voice of the arts for positive change.



”Our primary interest is to present the very best musical and artistic products

 from the Baltic Sea region. The second aspect is to bring emerging phenomena 

and ensembles to the forefront. 

The third aspect is political and environmental. 

I’m not so naΓ―ve that I believe that classical musicians will be able to save the Baltic Sea from environmental abuse. 

But I do believe that our chances to improve the situation will be much greater 

if we contribute to raising the general consciousness, 

by permeating the festival with an ecological theme.” Esa-Pekka Salonen, Baltic Sea Festival Artistic Director. 

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Connect and Create Newsletter

Many thanks to Phoebe for producing this and to Zoe for reading and advising on it.

We aim to produce one a term.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Eddies new song and Barbaras film and more!

So much going, on Eddie's new song

Now on You Tube!
click on it and read more about pleased, well done Eddie & everyone

"Oh it is hilarious!! As your eyes dot around the different boxes you always catch something funny. Miles in that hat!! And has lots of pertinent, serious words/ slogans too. V good positioning of Maz in centre as she has an uncluttered look, her movement is clean and quite minimal, plus you take in her written words behind the subtitles. Which contrasts well with the nonsense of moi underneath!! Really fun visuals to accompany Eddie's great pop song of the current time. Love it. Well done to Tony for the great edit." guess who wrote this feedback?

Barbara's wonderful new short documentary out as well!!
A beautiful and bitter sweet film as we watch with joy Pep dance on a rooftop, only 2 weeks after he jumped into our weekly Zoom to say he won't be back in Cornwall till the spring:(
However Shallal sessions have become international in lockdown! connecting with Pep in Barcelona, Lily in Southern Spain and Shelley in Scotland ( well far away'ish) and lets not forget Lisa and Terri ( with Eli and Ted ) able to reconnect with us from the UK's most southerly point Lizard Village!

Enjoy the films.
and news of our summer schedule coming out soon!
This week dance sessions on Wednesday and Friday morning only.
Wednesday - Family fun community session all ages welcome
Friday (over 10's) performance, cross arts exploration, all welcome
Friday afternoon Art Zoom, show and share work and ideas, in a friendly supportive group: so far works shared includes: painting, poetry, printing, drawing, photography, poetry, songs, design and film.

new music for Friday from Toby

Tunes from Toby!

Monday, 20 July 2020

Zoom talks, Poster for GP's & more...

Really excited about this Zoom event, it grew from wanting to share ideas we have had time to listen to in lockdown.
We hope the talks will inspire and support the future of the Cornish Arts community.
Offering ideas and frameworks where care and love of culture, creation and community can be combined.
BSL and captioning provided by Complete Communication - supported by Falmouth Art Gallery and Feast.
Grateful thanks to all the speakers and supportive organisations enabling this.
(With the recent pandemic and worsening global situation where people who are vulnerable are often the first to experience hardship, I have been accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and am involved with Culture Declares Emergency hoping to add Shallal's voice and experience to positive system changes for these times.)

Thank you to Michael and Anna for voluntarily making the above poster and sharing it, everyone involved is doing it for free and the accessability ( BSL and captioning)  is funded by Falmouth Art Gallery and Feast. We are very grateful to everyone, so far there are over 50 people booked on to this free event.
& below
Thank you to Phoebe for doing this for us, via Nikki Kelly (community navigator) we hope to have them in GP surgeries. The poster is made by Phoebe from her brilliant newsletter which i hope to share soon.
Also catch up with the wonderful Art on Picture Post devised and run by Lou and Phoebe.

Final thank you to Claire Mayle who is rolling out Shallal Sketchbooks, a much needed resource at time.

Common Cause Foundation
we need to start embedding this language in our world views.

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