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Edge and Shore: Surveying the edges of place and practice

Edge and Shore is an new durational work by visual artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laïla Diallo. Emerging from a dialogue between the two artists about making and process, the work offers a contribution to thinking concerned with place, practice, making and moving. Their explorations inhabit a curious space between installation and performance.

Over the course of the Autumn, and to inform the making of the piece, the artists will engage with audiences through a series of public events. Each event will be an occasion to consider subjects that are central to the development of the work: including the liminality of practices and places and how artworks are understood or apprehended.

In relation to both place and practice, the artists have explored the idea of edgeness. Since November 2013, they have been involved in a ‘gathering process’ where they have walked, watched, talked and worked together. Some of this material can be found archived on this blog.


Commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Future dates of showing: 

The Goods Shed, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, GL5 3AP

Sat 30th August 11am – 5pm

Sun 31st August 11am – 5pm

Friday 5th September 11am – 5pm

Saturday 6th September 12 – 5pm 

Closing view 6- 8pm Saturday 6th September

The Control Room, North Cabin,  Redcliffe Bridge, Bristol. Dates TBC Installation with passing view.

Siobhan Davies Dance Studios Friday 26th September 3 – 5pm and 6 – 8pm.

Quay2C, Kings Grove, Peckham, London Saturday 27th September 2014. By invitation only

The work originally emerged from a residency in 2012, commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance (SDD),  when Diallo and Carnac spent six weeks working in the project Side by Side.

The work will be shown again in February 2015 at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh.

Images Gorm Ashurst: The Artists in research phase at Battersea Arts Centre, May 2014

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