Meister der Moderne, Munich



4th August Edge and Shore  Whitechapel Gallery London



Edge and Shore


8 – 12th July 2015  Arnolfini Bristol

30th Jan – 8th Feb Dovecot, Edinburgh

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

Working within the gallery space the artists reveal an ever-evolving work that brings together objects, images, film, writing and live making. A development of an extended research project where the artists considered process and making, the work explores where the borders of their two creative practices meet and permeate.

The artists develop the work in the space through a series of live interventions and installations, working with collected and found materials, work made during previous iterations of Edge and Shore and adding new objects and materials found within Dovecot and the surrounding area. Throughout the making process, Carnac and Diallo consider how location, space and the people around them imbue a work particular to that moment in time and leave a trace.

The work offers an insight into the making process which is highlighted for two hours each day (2pm-4pm) when the artists are in a focused period of activity in the space. Visitors are invited into the space throughout the day to see the work progress and encouraged to come back at regular intervals over the eight-day period to observe the different states that a work might take in a process of live making.

Edge and Shore is a progression of Side by Side (2012), a six week residency initiated by Siobhan Davies Dance in partnership with the Crafts Study Centre where the two artists were invited to investigate the act and process of cross-disciplinary making.

This work 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.

For further details about the work and visit the Edge and Short blog.


I am working with dancer and choreographer Laila Diallo and the Siobhan Davies Dance Company on a new work that will tour from September 2014.


Side by Side – New craft and dance residencies
Summer 2012
Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts & Siobhan Davies Studios
Dance artist Laila Diallo and craft artist Helen Carnac will work side by side in the same studio in two three-week residencies at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, and then at Siobhan Davies Studios in London, exploring the processes of making work in and across their creative practices. There will be a public programme of events in association with the residencies, to be announced in the spring.

In June I will begin to work with the dancer Laila Diallo. I have started to meet with Laila and am really excited about this…will be posting more news soon…

The tool at Hand

Milwaukee Art Museum: Dec 2011 – April 2012 and touring

Intelligent Trouble

An exchange and collaboration between a shifting group of makers, designers, musicians and writers.

and some that are already out there…

Drawing, Permanence  and Place, just finishing in Cardiff, off to another venue in Germany soon.

Touring and Catalogued more info to follow. Article here

Other news…

I have recently become a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and have joined the advisory board of Artquest.

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