We are delighted to announce the four commissions selected for Flamm! We believe the selection shows the diversity and quality of the work made by artists in Cornwall, and we look forward to supporting the artists in realising their ideas and showcasing their work at Flamm in October.

The four selected proposals are from:

Website: sovayberriman.co.uk
Insta: @sovayberriman @mesklabrewyondrudh

Sovay works in participatory and collaborative ways to approach important social themes. Her projects ask questions, seek alternative viewpoints, and forge new connections, resulting in work that is multi-layered and multi-faceted, yet accessible and relatable. Since 2022 she has been working on MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh, an Arts Council England-funded project exploring contemporary Cornish identity and culture, with an initial focused engagement with communities of Redruth.

Throughout the summer and early autumn 2023, Sovay will host workshops to make sculptures painted in colours that connect to participants’ identities, and to find the suitable Kernewek/Cornish language words for those colours. All of this will contribute to Sovay’s final exhibition at Flamm – featuring items made within the workshops, words of colours in Kernewek/Cornish language, and her first publicly exhibited film.

Insta: @patrick.lowry269

Patrick Lowry’s work is predominantly installation-based, often site-specific responding to the particular context. Much of the work relates to our relationship with the built environment, public and domestic places and spaces. and how these environments both reflect and affect the way we conduct our lives. Using processes of replication and displacement he explores how, by moving aspects of an environment to a new context, this may allow a renewed assessment of the subject and its relevance, both culturally and in its physicality.

For Flamm, Lowry is imagining how the future of Redruth might look if it appropriated Rapid Transport systems that exist and are being developed in cities and large urban conurbations around the country. He is exploring utilizing some of the existing, old mining network to create connectivity between Redruth and Camborne, and referencing the route of the electric tramway that existed between 1902 and 1934.

Website: abigailreynolds.com
Insta: @abigailreynoldsartist

Abigail uses montage techniques of layering and folding to destabilise singular ideas of cultural and political ecologies. She often works in dialogue with disciplines and places outside the art world; a silver band, geologists, libraries. In 2021, Abigail was commissioned to make public artwork ‘Tre’ for Kresen Kernow in Redruth.

For Flamm, Abigail proposes a project that links Cornish granite, Carn Marth quarry, sound and music production. Electronic musicians, sound engineers and sound artists will be invited to be part of the process, working within specific references and context, making work that will influence the outcome and the final event.

Website: thentrythis.org
Insta: @then_try_this

Then Try This likes making complex stuff easier to access or understand – whether that’s by designing a new piece of open-source research equipment, making a game to understand a complex scientific concept, or running workshops to help people work better together across boundaries. All their work is open source, and much of it is rooted in rural issues.

For Flamm, Then Try This extends an invitation to experiment with the minerals of Cornwall and asks the question: Can we create noisy electronic instruments with semiconducting crystals in discarded mine waste? Together with participants, they will dismantle the myths of cyberspace and the metaverse, and show how the digital world is fully grounded in materials such as galena, quartz, pyrite, chalcopyrite, cassiterite and gold.

The hugely popular Commissions Open Call received 54 applications from across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, and the selection panel has commented:

We are impressed by the quality of the applications overall, and the variety and richness of the ideas proposed. This made the selection process really difficult, but also positive, leaving us all feeling inspired to create more opportunities for and work with artists in Cornwall. We would like to thank all applicants for the hard work they have clearly put into making the proposals, and we hope we will be able to see some of them come to fruition in other ways.

The four selected commissions will be shown with two new commissions from our partner Art Night at our event in October, by artists Heather Phillipson and Richy Carey:

Heather Phillipson’s Art Night commission is titled Dream Land, a multi-part project that remixes and revoices archival BBC wildlife footage alongside her own sounds and images and is co-commissioned with Art Fund as part of their Wild Escapes programme.

Richy Carey will present {stereo – type – music} an installation and publication which emerges from his work with choirs, community groups and other collaborators from across Dundee. The work considers how publishing practices can shape the ways we listen to each other, and the kinds of music that can be created from collectively composed scores.

The dates for Flamm will be announced within the coming week. Stay Tuned!