What happened during the residency?

Laila Diallo and Helen Carnac worked in the same studio side by side; first at the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham (11-29 June) then at Siobhan Davies Studios in London (16 July – 3 August). They were invited as makers to consider a series of questions acting as starting points to delve into the processes behind and leading to making.

Can the artist of one medium broaden the enquiry of the other?
How can we unpeel the early stages of collaboration?
Do artists have common questions that trigger a work into being?
How does an artist arrive at their thinking whilst making adjustments as their life evolves?

The presentation of finished work was not the focus of this residency. What interested us all was the investigation of how to make work with each other in mind in the future. As part of the residency, and to encourage and challenge the artists, four contributors were also invited to interact with them.

Welcome to Side by Side

For six weeks in the summer of 2012, we invited two artists to investigate the act and process of making, by working together as part of a residency programme. It was initiated by the insatiably curious Siobhan Davies and developed in partnership with the Crafts Study Centre, the artists and Programme Manager, Alison Proctor at Siobhan Davies Dance.

The project has grown out of continued enquiry into dialogues between dance and other art forms which Siobhan Davies Dance has been championing since 2008. This project is research into how art forms can grow and evolve, and is also an initiative directly supporting two artists in their journey as makers.

This website documents the period of investigation between dance artist Laila Diallo and craft artist Helen Carnac. During the residency it acted like a sketchbook, where they added images, text, audio and film each day. It was also used as a public space where visitors were invited to pose questions and share observations whilst the project unfolded.

Where we are now?

This website has now been updated to include the artists’ and contributors’ reflections and includes previously unseen documentation through film, writing and photographs. This documentation has been left in its raw and unedited state allowing the viewer a rare glimpse into the making process and the opportunity to follow thoughts as they developed, and share the discovery of working processes. We are very grateful to Helen Carnac and Laila Diallo for their generosity in revealing their processes, as this is often hidden from public view as artists develop work.

The blog charts the daily discoveries and reflections, and the selection of films and audio clips offer a window into their working space. The photo gallery is presented as contact sheets documented by Gorm Ashurst and Alison Proctor, alongside the daily observations by the artists. The feedback sessions give more in depth discussions and questions from invited guests.

Side by Side is an on-going investigation and the two artists have now been invited to make work out of their period of research. Please continue to check the website for further news and contact us if you wish to find out more, email sidebyside@siobhandavies.com.