Show & Tell monthly talk series
Coming together to share, inspire and celebrate our creative core
A live, online series of talks with guest speakers in conversation with Dr RyyA. Bread to discuss their own relationship to creative practices and processes across a range of disciplines related to artistic expression, embodied practices and wellbeing.
These sessions occur monthly and operate on a donation basis.
All are welcome.
Sunday 25 July 2021 at 7pm (Zoom)
Jessica Cooper is a designer and painter, living in Cornwall, England. She is a Royal West of England Academician and a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. Cooper was born in Bristol and grew up in Cornwall. During 1985 and 1986, Cooper did a foundation course at the Falmouth School of Art.
at the moment my work is centred around the exploration and the physicality of painting . it is about slowing things down . a lot of my studio time is centred around thought . it’s about having the space and freedom to play around with ideas , surface mediums and to paint for paintings sake .
my present body of work is centred around vases of flowers . the vases are bold coloured , solid , abstracted vessels : they are , in a way , a metaphor for a decluttering of life , the workings out of a mind . the flowers , though carrying a strength in their execution , are about fragility and uncertainty . on a simpler level , these works are about enjoying and experimenting with colour .
out of the studio , i'm cataloguing pieces of writing and collecting short film clips , to develop into major works at a later date
(jessica cooper 2021) .
Ali Gunning - Resonant Being
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Ali is a sound and yoga therapist based in Cornwall on the beautiful Lizard peninsula.
Here is Ali's own words to describe her practice:
Eleven years ago I made a big life change to focus entirely on wellness. My main medium is ‘the gong’, an ancient instrument of transformation and peace. Often described as the 'power tool of sound healing', the gong lowers the listener's brainwaves, settles the nervous system and bypasses the mind; helping people access deep relaxation, meditation and healing states.
I work with individuals and groups, creating sound ceremonies and retreats around the ‘wheel of the year’, such as the coming summer solstice. I firmly believe that sound is for everyone and have taken it into diverse settings such as yoga studios, music festivals, big corporations and palliative care. During lockdown I have focused on building a ‘sound temple’ at my home, a roundhouse space with amazing acoustics. It has given me the chance to live stream to listeners all over the world, a completely new way of working.
Working with sound is a live, meditative art form; you become one with the playing and the person receiving has the opportunity to become one with the sound; to go into inner silence. It has shaped not only my work but my personal healing journey; you create deep relationships with the gongs over the years, certain instruments come into your life with a message or lesson. Each time I create is completely unique, responding to the energies of the moment and the person receiving - a unique story expressed through sound. Sound touches people on the deepest level and I am ever grateful to be offering this work.
Lisa Wright RWA
Sunday 16 May 2021 4pm (Zoom)
Lisa Wright is an award winning British artist. She is known for her often large scale figurative paintings that explore the transition from childhood to adulthood.
The figures in her recent work embody a sense of our universal connection with the landscape. They are poised between adolescence and maturity, evoking the precariousness and preciousness of youth, both it’s vulnerability and it’s incredible power.
After studying at The Royal Academy Schools, London, 1990-1993, Lisa moved to Cornwall, in the south west of England, where she currently lives and works. Her work has featured in numerous solo and curated group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and is held in many important corporate and private collections.
Notable achievements include her appointment as the Royal Shakespeare Company artist in residence throughout the two year period of the RSC's acclaimed 'Histories' cycle of plays, culminating in an exhibition at the Roundhouse- which ran concurrently with the plays- and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Arts London; consistent selection for the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition for over 25 years; inclusion in the significant 'Art Now Cornwall', exhibition at Tate St Ives 2008 and winning The National Open Art Prize, the Hunting Art Prize, the 2013 Threadneedle Prize and most recently Future Forest 2019-2020 a collaborative project with Tom Piper to celebrate the centenary of The Forestry Commission, England.
Sarah Perry BA, PhD, D.Clin.Psychol
Sunday 25 April 2021 4pm (Zoom)
Sarah is a craftivist, researcher and Clinical Psychologist. She has an interest in mental health, communities and wellbeing.
More recently she has worked as a craftivist, combining crafting with activism, as a way of using crafts in gentle, creative, active, collaborative and rebellious ways to raise awareness and question people about community issues and make the world a more joyous place.
She set up Cornwool Craftivista CIC with the aim of using craftivism to improve wellbeing and strengthen communities.
In 2020 her book "One year of street craftivism" was published to celebrate a street project she was involved in in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Sarah particularly loves yarn and uses this material to knit, stitch, crochet, felt and weave projects. Wool is her favourite type of yarn. More recently she has worked with a friend and artist who has encouraged her to think more about recyling, re-using and repairing and be more aware of environmental issues when making time to create!.
Cornwall Craftivista CIC
Sarah Perry and Marcus Williamson
Sarah Perry in conversation with Dr RyyA Bread about embodied practice.
All are welcome.