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

C& C Dancing in the Evening Skies 2 (Debbie and Jo)

New video 

I put 2 films sent in together and found this edit...I am learning within imovie, like a tortoise, but enjoying it! Eventually i may ask for help but at present the questions aren't even formed! 
Experimental playtime... 
making up for not being in the room and the excitement and enjoyment of playing with the wonderful creative offerings of all the artists.

Thank you to Debs and Jo, and Anna for helping Jo with filming...
there were lovely noises of crunching sand and atmospheric cars passing

"Adore the film made me feel emotional to be so close and yet so far from someone, very beautiful. 
Thank you so much."

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