Visual artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laïla Diallo present a new work in process: Edge and Shore, exploring the edges and boundaries of making and working, performance and installation.

Over the next month the artists will work in four architecturally distinct spaces: Brunel’s Goods Shed, Stroud; Siobhan Davies Studios, London; Quay2C, London; and the Control Room, Bristol. Their working process includes movement, making and investigating place together and in close proximity to each other. This phase of the work brings to the fore a key consideration of how the presence of an audience may bring new perspectives to the development of the work.

Working together since 2012, the artists have explored the commonalities and tensions between their seemingly disparate forms of creative practice. Helen and Laïla hope that audience response and engagement will inform Edge and Shore in such a way that something of each performance can be taken to the next venue as a ‘continuing act of doing’.

What you may see:
The artists at work together and alongside each other, engaged with a series of materials and processes.

What you can do:
Come in, look up close or remain at the edge, walk around or sit down, stay for the whole day or for a few moments, come back later or another day.

The Goods Shed

Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud GL5 3AP

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 August, 11am – 5pm; Friday 5 September, 11am – 5pm; Saturday 6 September, 12-5pm (closing view, 6-8pm)

Siobhan Davies Studios

85 St. George’s Road, London SE1 6ER Friday 26 September, 3-5pm & 6-8pm


Kings Grove, Peckham, London SE15 2NB Saturday 27 September (by invitation only)

The Control Room

North Cabin, Redcliffe Bridge, Bristol BS1 Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 October, daylight hours

This work is a development of Side by Side (2012), a six week residency initiated by Siobhan Davies Dance where the two artists were invited to investigate the act and process of cross-disciplinary making.

Edge and Shore is commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with additional support from Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol City Council, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Quay2C and Stroud Valleys Artspace.


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