‘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.



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.

Bedroom Tax and Other Political Art

The below event includes the work of an alumna of the Falmouth School of Art, Mary Fletcher.  It’s taking place in Redruth over the next three days.

Mary was moved by the imposition of the Bedroom Tax to paint some pictures contrasting Van Gogh, who had a spare room, which he famously decorated with the sunflower paintings ready for the visit Gauguin, with David Cameron, who has a spare house and leads the government which brought in the bedroom tax.

Van Gogh was supported most of his life by his brother Theo, having proved himself unable to keep a steady job.

Musing on the contributions made to life by Vincent and David lead Mary to take up the subject of spare rooms, whether they are needed, what the effect of the bedroom tax is,  and similarly spare houses, second homes….

She invited contributions from others on this subject and also other political art for this show at the Cornwall Media Resources artist group in Redruth.

David Axtell has joined the show with some installations, plus Alice Mahoney and Fred McVittie and others.


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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Inland Art Festival features group show by Falmouth alumni

The Inland Art Festival is a contemporary arts festival in Redruth from 25 – 28 September. Falmouth alumni and staff are involved in the show through their membership of CMR Gallery & Project Space.  CMR will be presenting an exhibition of work by 13 artists, titled Interplay.

Interplay features works by Claire Stockings-Baker, Ros Bason, Mary Fletcher, Ron Ford, Rob Gawthrop, Adam Grose, Jonathan Hayter, Fred McVittie, Laura Menzies, Morwenna Morrison, Jayne Anita Smith and Frances Walsh.

Open from 10.00 to 17.00, Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 September, Late opening 18.30 to 22.30, Friday 26th September

Interplay poster jpeg


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