‘f u t u r e – o r e’ Private View on Friday 30 June

Future-ore resides in the cortex of Redruth and is powered by their profitable history in copper and tin mining. The success is now grounded into a state of absence. A memory awaiting rejuvenation. The streets appear empty as imagery of the past paints a distance between the present. The community is tethered to the past without any direction of the future. Whilst the location is scattered with engine houses and chimney stacks all overgrown with nature, they stand as monuments. This architectural heritage is stamped with high street branding to regenerate the area but transcends into a pit of sameness. These issues point towards a new mineral.

Daniell Bethel and Sonja Johansson present ‘f u t u r e – o r e’ at Back Lane West on Friday 30 June 5 – 9pm and Saturday 1 July 10am – 4pm.  A ‘Transitions’ graduate residency supported by Falmouth University.  Daniell and Sonja have just completed their final year at Falmouth School of Art, studying BA(Hons) Fine Art.



Falmouth School of Art Student Awards

To mark the public opening of their degree shows, and the culmination of three years of study, Falmouth School of Art’s Falmouth Campus students gathered last Friday evening to celebrate with friends and tutors, before welcoming friends and family to their exhibitions.

Awards, residencies and bursaries were announced, and we’re happy to share snapshots from the evening with you…


The full list of award, bursary and residency recipients…

The Midas Award 2016 | The Midas selection panel have chosen work by ten graduating Fine Art students for an exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery in November, accompanying the 2015 winner’s solo show: Ella Caie, Tanya Cruz, Finbar Conran, Robert Davis, Joe Fenwick-Wilson, Nicholas Griffin, Zoe Pearce, Bharat Rajagopal, Isabel Ramos, Calum Rees-Gildea

The Peter Root and Mary Thompson Award | Lulu Richards Cottell | An annual award to support a graduating student in their professional development on leaving university. The award is sponsored by the Peter Root and Mary Thompson Charitable Trust, in memory of alumni Peter and Mary who tragically died in an accident in 2013

The Spike Island Residency | Robert Davis | A residency provided by and at Spike Island in Bristol

The Wilhemina Barns-Graham Travel to Italy Award | Ed Burkes | An award generously supported by the Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham Trust, open to students in their final year of BA(Hons) Fine Art. 

Transition Residencies | Part of the Fine Art Transitions Project which seeks to support graduating students as they enter the professional world. Both Back Lane West and Porthmeor are significant venues within Cornwall and the residencies provide the students with a special opportunity to extend their work beyond the course:

The Transition Back Lane West Residency | Ed Rowe, Isabel Ramos

The Transition Porthmeor Residency | Lulu Richards Cottell, Rob Davis, Demelza James, Polly Maxwell

The John Howard Print Studio Bursary | Scarlet Standen | Generously provided by celebrated local print maker John Howard, the bursary is awarded to a student of BA(Hons) Drawing, and provides 60 hours of taught access at the John Howard Studio in Penryn.

The Paper Rose Award | Seekan Hui (winner), Ellen Bennett (commended) | Award presented by Mark Jessett from G.F.Smith Paper.


The Falmouth School of Art supports awards in Outstanding Achievement, Outstanding Studentship and Outstanding Dissertation in each of our degree courses:

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drawing | Minna Gawler-Wright

BA(Hons) Drawing Award for Outstanding Studentship | Jonathan Koetsier

BA(Hons) Drawing Award for Outstanding Dissertation | Sophie Bowen

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art | Finbar Conran

BA(Hons) Fine Art Award for Outstanding Studentship | Anthony Kenny

BA(Hons) Fine Art Award for Outstanding Dissertation | Tanya Cruz

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Illustration | Sara Hougham-Slade

BA(Hons) Illustration Award for Outstanding Studentship |Julia De Graaf

BA(Hons) Illustration Award for Outstanding Dissertation | Lucy Tomlinson

The Clubhouse AGM at The Exchange, Penzance 

Clubhouse AGM

01.12.15 – 19.12.15

Field Notes would like to invite you to The Clubhouse AGM, a programme of talks and workshops at The Exchange this December.

Field Notes is a national projects organisation based in Cornwall, founded and run by curators and Falmouth School of Art alumni Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover.

Clubhouse 2The Clubhouse AGM is a three week programme of talks, workshops, parties and screenings that bring some of the past 15 years of Cornwall’s artist led activity into conversation. It is also the culmination of The Clubhouse, a three month project instigated to celebrate and introduce a new audience to artist led practice.

The Clubhouse takes the form of a free, open access creative workspace, available between events, with a fantastic selection of resources to browse through, from artist made publications and seminal texts to artefacts and ever changing displays developed by local organisations.



The Meeting Room at The Exchange, 4 December: 11.00 – 16.00

Artist films, a silent presentation, screenings of talks, discussions and seminars… also the opportunity to bring artist-led ailments to the Field Notes team (eg: statements, proposals, funding bids, budgets, marketing plans…)


The Exchange Café Bar, 5 December: 18.00 till late

18.00: Pecha Kuchas by artist initiators and organisations active over the past 15 years, including speakers from Back Lane West and Art Surgery through to Keiken and Medium Rare.

19.00: The Wanderers Book Launch. The Wanderers was a programme of one-off events, installations, performances and talks around Falmouth and the surrounding waterways of the Carrick Roads this summer. Copies of the book will be available for £8.

Followed by CAZbar a night of performance, dancing and drinks! This is the first night of an ongoing event created by CAZ that will also take place on 12th and 19th of December.


The Exchange Café Bar, 9 December: 18.30 – 20.00

Sam Thorne, founder of Open School East and Artistic Director of Tate St Ives, will talk about artist led practice. The bar will be open for what we hope will be an interesting and insightful night.

Booking recommended due to limited spaces: click here for your eventbrite ticket


The Exchange, 12 December: 10.00 – 17.00

The gallery will be full of craftsman and artists; giving you the opportunity to purchase unique wares straight from their makers…including exquisite artist made books

LEGACY WORKSHOPS   ON THE DOOR – £2 marbling or £8 marbling & bookmaking

The Engine Room at The Exchange, 19 December: 13.30 – 17.00

An afternoon of discussion and making, talking about past projects and the things that can be done to ensure they have a life beyond the duration of an event. Artist and lecturer Alice Mahoney will hold a drop-in sketchbook/notebook-making workshop. There will also be marbling on a grand (and not so venetian) scale; testing out DIY marbling materials and techniques. 

Rosalie Schweiker’s silent presentation, created for Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman’s event: Opportunity Makers, Opportunity Takers, will be screened throughout The Clubhouse AGM. Rosalie is a conceptual artist who uses social exchanges to find new functions for art in the everyday. She has recently been working with Spacex to imagine a future art institution.

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Plasizmo – Exhibition at Back Lane West, Redruth

PLASIZMO is a collaborative contemporary art exhibition at Back Lane West, Redruth, created by two of our graduating students from BA(Hons) Fine Art.



Rosie McGinn and Gareth Wilde were selected to participate in the Back Lane West residency programme in conjunction with the Falmouth School of Art. The one month residency has provided support, space and time for the artists to continue the development of their fine art practices on graduating.

Back Lane West is an artist-led residency, project and meeting space in Redruth, Cornwall. Its aims are to support and encourage critically engaged visual art practice and artists’ professional development, while contributing to the growth of a nationally and internationally connected, cultural community and network in the South West.

PLASIZMO will take place at Back Lane West, Redruth on Friday 26th June, 7-10pm.

Back Lane West is a short walk from both rail and bus links.

Artists in Conversation – Convened by Rachel Hindley, hosted by Back Lane West

Talks & discussion Sat 15th Nov, 4pm-8pm


Saturday 15th November
The Elms (CN4C), 61 Green Lane, Redruth TR15 1LS
4pm – 8pm – including refreshments

imagesIntroduced by Daro Montag – CCANW Co-Director & leader of RANE at Falmouth University, this event marks the beginning of a series of talks and discussions titled Artists in Conversation,to be developed in 2015. Convened by Rachel Hindley, hosted by Back Lane West, the discussions aim to add to the legacy, and widening of the debate around the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World’s (CCANWSoil Culture Project, which included the Soil Culture Forum held at Falmouth University earlier in 2014 in collaboration with the University’s RANE (Research in Art, Nature, and the Environment). Three rounds of artist residencies have been organised by CCANW in the south west, aimed at encouraging exploration of the importance of soil, providing dedicated time for experimentation, research, and the development of new artworks. It is from these residencies that Artists in Conversation has invited its contributors.

The event on Saturday 15th November is the pilot of the expected 2015 series, and Artists in Conversation has invited 1st round residency artist Jonny Briggs, and filmmaker Zoe Young, to be the first contributors.

images-1Jonny Briggs – will be discussing his work, not only in the context of the Soil Culture Project, but also with reference to the art historical and philosophical questions raised within the paradigm of participatory arts.


Zoe Young – is an ecological author, filmmaker and facilitator. She was commissioned to document the CCANW series of artist residencies in the south west, and will be introducing clips of the first series. She will also show clips from Bryony Stokes‘ film of the Soil Culture Forum, which took place at Falmouth University earlier in 2014.
www.zoeyoung.net / www.bryonystokes.com

For further information on the day’s programme, speakers, and Artists in Conversation, see Back Lane West.


The aim of Artists in Conversation is to form the basis of a body of research, which starts with the notion of soil as a common denominator of both ownership and authorship, which in the context of the Soil Culture Project, constitutes both a microcosm of land and a medium and tool of the artist. One of the fundamental questions that emerges out of these ideas, is how important or necessary is it for society and artists to relinquish ownership and authorship, for the sake of social change? Drawing upon the socio-cultural and political concerns surrounding the participatory arts and social change, Artists in Conversationendeavours to provide an open platform for debate, to which all the Soil Culture artists in residence will be invited to contribute, with reference to their own art practice.


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Alias hub – Back Lane West, Saturday December 7th – 12.30

BACK LANE WEST will be hosting the first of a series of informal lunch- time ALIAS networking events. An opportunity for artists and those interested in contemporary art to discuss, share knowledge, information and ideas, access advice and make links, over a bowl of homemade soup. All welcome.
Patrick and Jane Lowry will have been to The Art Party Conference in Scarborough and the associated Artquest project, Fringe: Art Party, so will hopefully be in a position to share any interesting and useful findings.

9 Back Lane West, Redruth, TR15 2BT