We are very pleased to share the full line-up for our upcoming events in Bodmin!

The day will be facilitated by Tonia Lu, Flamm Producer, and chaired by Anna Harris, artist and curator. We will be joined by:

Breakout Session Leads

Patrick Lowry, Artist: Rural Geography (how this relates to you practice)

Patrick’s session will focus on the geographical diversity of Cornwall as a largely rural place. The session will start with mapping out where everyone comes from, and explore further the realities of those specific areas and how it connects with the communities beyond.

Fin Irwin, Into Bodmin: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinary Practice in Bodmin

Weather permitting, Fin will give a guided tour of some key locations in Bodmin in the context of cross-disciplinary work and co-creation. An excellent opportunity to get to know Bodmin if you don’t know it already, and to mix and chat while walking around.

Note: the morning session will be slower paced than the afternoon session.

Rachael Coward & Katie Platts, Artists: Where Do You Start?

Rachael and Katie will lead a session on establishing creative careers in rural areas, focusing particularly on the early career stages.

Activity Lead – Oliver Raymond Barker, Artist

Oliver will give out a photographic task at the beginning of the day, encouraging everyone to look at things from different perspectives throughout the day.

Documentation

Working with Screen Cornwall through the Creative Careers programme, we will also be joined by 5 young people (yr10-12) working with filmmaker Hana Backland to document the day. The group will produce some useful resources for young people in Cornwall who are interested in pursuing a career in the creative and cultural sector, and a short film that captures some key moments and the essence of the day.

They will be filming the introduction and conclusion sessions, and some breakout sessions.

Anna Harris has been commissioned by VASW to produce a piece of writing that reflects on the day’s discussions and artist Sovay Berriman will observe and collect thoughts for a special Flamm Podcast episode, hosted on her MESKLA channel.

More about the Event:

Flamm is hosting a gathering event as part of Visual Art South West’s (VASW) ‘How Can I Stay? (I don’t want to not want to stay)’ programme:

Flamm x VASW: Remote Working
Friday 12th July / 10am – 4pm
The Beat, Bodmin, Cornwall

Booking: Free to attend, places allocated on a first come first served basis (capacity of 35). A limited number of travel bursaries available (allocated as spaces are booked).

 

A one-day event of panel discussions and breakout activities exploring the realities of working as a creative practitioner in rural places. Lead by artists from different career stages, creative producers, and community organisers, we will share what challenges we face as rural creative practitioners and discuss innovative ways of working that result from our rurality (whether intentional or unintentional!). Whether you are still a student or an experienced arts professional, this event is an opportunity for you to hear others’ perspectives and share your own.

Taking place in Bodmin (where Flamm will happen in October 2025) the ‘Remote Working’ event will conclude with some drinks for artists to meet creatives from other disciplines as well as some cultural and community organisers in Bodmin.

Key information:
– There are 35 places available allocated on a first-come-first-served basis
– It is free to attend but participants will need to manage and cover the costs of their own travel.
– There are a limited number of travel bursaries available and when booking a place to attend you will be asked to identify if you require a bursary and how much you require (at set amounts). Bursaries will be allocated as tickets are booked on a first-come-first-served basis. It is unlikely that there will be enough budget for everyone to access a bursary.
– There will be food and drink provided.

Image: Sign at Flamm 2023, photographed by Nick Cooney.