Friday, 15 January 2021

Welcome to Sapphire, Film and news

 To have time is a wonderful thing and lockdown can provide that, as can Sapphire's new role in Shallal!

Welcome to Sapphire and we are so looking forward to the wonderful things which will grow from this mutual opportunity.

Thank you to Barbara Santi, Reaching Communities, Rank Foundation and our Trustees for enabling this to happen.

Happy New Year to everyone (despite the challenges and hardships of another lockdown)

We hope we can learn further resilience, adaptability, community and strength and use the time to renew systems for positive change.

So much is going on across Shallal, i had hoped to post our end of term newsletter, compiled by Phoebe, but it's proving challenging, so if anyone would like a copy, please email me or Phoebe:

Liskeard group made the move into Zoom provision this term and it was so enjoyable to join in their first session and see friendly faces, dancing outdoors, in care homes and front rooms.

New people join us, as well as old friends.

Friday afternoon Art & Production Zoom hosted our first Film& Video support group ( with Barbara and Lou) and we hope a lot of short experimental work will be supported and enabled from Shallal artists.

a taster of recent film:

Drawn together from Back Lane West residency 2020 by Anna Willis

Sapphire experimenting with mirroring recently:

Welcome also to Julie and Becky who have moved to Cornwall and were established in Arty Party. 

' a group of over 100 people with learning disabilities, meeting in Telford and Shropshire to explore, perform, create and celebrate art'

I recognise Becky in this lovely film, in the pink dress!


We look forward to learning from Julie and Becky and sharing skills! 

So here's to another term of creativity and fun.

Our poetry book is finally fully available, many thanks to everyone especially Phylly.
Suggested price £15 plus p&p email.
feedback "I received the Shallal book - what a beauty it is - congratulations and thanks so much!"

and finally a reminder of Whats on across Shallal in groups a week below:
(Studio - Although unable to meet in Shallal Studio during lockdown Studio artists continue to support each other and work together via all means possible: post, FB, Zoom etc and have 2 beautiful Zines £3 and some Postcards created and for sale again email

from a new participants form

 'Did you come to Shallal with any particular aims?'
"More confidence, fun special time together, expression and communicating without words" 

Monday, 4 January 2021

Shallal2 Christmas Tree/s 2020

Question...What is the connection from Rumi to UFO's?

Answer...Shallal 2 Christmas tree decorations!

"Rumi’s work often has an emphasis on the inner journey we all go on during life and as the theme was journeying, I thought that it would be nice to include an element of Rumi in the decoration. I wanted to pick an extract that was relevant to any one of us as a sort of talisman for recovery, so I chose a phrase from Rumi that has helped me in times of recovery. It reminds me that when I am wounded (physically or emotionally) it is also an opportunity to heal and to move forward on my path in life. I also find it magical that the phrase was written in the 14th century, and it has survived till now so that we can read it today!" from Sapphire

that along with Harry Potter, skating penguins, and wheels!