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Arnolfini - est 1961

Visual artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laïla Diallo present Edge and Shore, a 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, collected and found materials, 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.

“Connections were made, in the moment, then overtaken by forces of gravity or the sheer random waywardness of the objects themselves. It was our own transience made evident, in acts of doing. And now, it’s gone. What lingers is an incentive to look and listen with fresh awareness.”  The Herald


The work offers an insight into the making process which is highlighted for two hours each day (12pm-2pm) when the artists will be in the gallery for a focused period of activity. The artists also venture out of the gallery, continuing to gather materials and ideas by looking out at the world together.

Visitors are invited into the gallery throughout the day to see the work progress and are encouraged to come back at regular intervals to observe the different states that a work might take in a process of live making.


Artist Talk 
Wednesday 8 July, 6.30pm 
Tickets £6/£4 concs
Visual artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laïla Diallo are joined by artist, researcher and Visiting Research Fellow at UWE, Bristol Iain Biggs to discuss their work.

Public Walk devised by Carnac and Diallo
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July, free
Visitors will be invited to independently explore a series of walks that the artists have devised during the development of Edge and Shore at Arnolfini. Maps to be collected from Arnolfini box office on the day

Edge and Shore Workshop
Monday 13 July, 11am-5pm 
£40 / £35 concs
A workshop led by visual artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laila Diallo draws on ideas and ways into making developed during Edge and Shore, inviting participants to join them in their enquiry into process. 

Part of the Arnolfini Story Project  

Arnolfini Story is a multifaceted project celebrating the heritage of the organisation. Through it, we offer information and material from our archives, invite you to share your Arnolfini memories with us, and commission artists and writers to create new response to our history. It launches in 2015, 40 years after Arnolfini moved in to the Bush Warehouse, thereby becoming one of the first organisations to pioneer reuse of Bristol’s derelict docks.  

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.
It is a progression of Side by Side (2012), a six week residency initiated by Siobhan Davies Dance.