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Common Salt out and about again in 2019 & 2020

Thanks to an Arts Council England grant Common Salt will be out and about again in 2019 & 2020.

To book tickets and keep up to date with when the piece will be on and where check HERE

The funding means a book about the work will be made in 2020 too.

If you saw the work in 2018, please tell your friends to come along! And if you wanted to see it but missed it, now's your chance.

Photo by Paul Samuel White

Photo by Paul Samuel White

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Slow Story Slide Show at IBT Summit in October

Sheila is pleased to be sharing Slow Story Slide Show at the In Between Time Summit in Bristol in October…

Further details HERE and below:

“It takes around 8 minutes for light from the sun to travel 96 million miles to reach our bodies. In just one second light can circle the earth 7 times. Yet, still… How long does it take to see something? To really see it?”

Slow Story Slide Show is an invitation to spend 15 minutes engaging in some slow looking and listening. A chance to take some time out and consider what (or whom) it is that you perhaps wouldn’t ordinarily notice…

10 participants at a time listen to a story about light whilst viewing a series of slides through desktop slide-viewers. Each slide is an image carefully selected from the Wellcome Collection picture library. The piece draws connections between Science and Art, intertwining them into a meditative story, carefully installed on a table top.

This event is part of the In Between Time Summit Day 3 programme. The event is included in the 1-Day Ticket or 3-Day Summit Pass and cannot be booked separately.

Photo of Slow Story Slide Show at Wellcome Collection by Lucy Cash

Photo of Slow Story Slide Show at Wellcome Collection by Lucy Cash

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New project for Peterborough Presents...

Sheila has been invited by Peterborough Presents to work with several groups of residents from Peterborough’s Bretton Estate to make something new. The work begins on September 2nd.

Watch this space for more information as the project unfolds…

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Panel speaker at The Art of Wellbeing symposium

Sheila has been invited to be on a panel at Creative People and Places and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s upcoming symposium The Art of Wellbeing.


The Art of Wellbeing

A symposium exploring the relationship between meaningful arts engagement and individual and community wellbeing.

A partnership between Creative People and Places and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

University of Central Lancashire, Burnley Campus, 14 June 2019, 10.00 – 16.30

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week, this symposium hosted by the Creative People and Places network will explore the meeting places between the culture and health sectors, with a focus on wellbeing.

The event will put the relationship between collaborative and participatory art and the wellbeing of individuals and communities under the magnifying glass. Does working collaboratively with people to choose and create art that is of, with and by their community have a lasting impact on wellbeing? What about art's capacities to unsettle and challenge? Can art really make people feel better?

Further details can be found HERE

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Heart of Glass - Open Space Workshop in May

Sheila is contributing to an Open Space session at Heart of Glass in May facilitated by Chrissie Tiller (Creative Consultant and Practitioner) and Emma Fry (Criticality Producer, Heart of Glass), which asks:

How can we begin to take care of ourselves while working with, for and about others?

The session is Pay What You Can and is for anyone who is artistically engaged in social and collaborative arts practice.

For further details about the event click HERE

Chrissie Tiller 

Chrissie Tiller is a passionate writer, thinker, teacher, and practitioner with a lifetime’s history of working through collaborative and social practice: particularly in cross-cultural and trans-national contexts and with places undergoing social, economic and political change.  Her recent think piece for Creative People and Places, Power Up, explores the current state of collaborative arts practice: including examining notions of privilege, cultural capital, politics, personal values and ethics in bringing about cultural democracy and social justice.

Getting To Know You tea cups…

Getting To Know You tea cups…

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Developing Your Creative Practice Grant Success

Sheila is delighted to have been awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant by Arts Council England.

She will be using the grant to work with a mentor (instead of being the mentor herself for once), refresh her core artistic values, increase the visibility of her practice and gather some concrete strategies around ways to survive the next 20 years and thrive… Exciting and timely…

Image by Sheila Ghelani

Image by Sheila Ghelani

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Edges & Contours Lab, Unbox Festival India

Sheila has been invited to be part of a lab facilitated by Invisible Flock and Quicksand which will take place in Bangalore, India in February. The lab will facilitate a new network of artists and creatives from UK and India and build meaningful, cross-disciplinary collaborations within environmental and socially engaged practices.

The network will be formed of five delegates from the UK and five delegates from India, plus teams from Invisible Flock and Quicksand, who will meet and explore mutual connections during a three day Lab and UnBox 2019.


Three days working together in advance of the festival will result in a number of separate outputs for the festival in varying forms, eg workshops, installations, zines etc. Relationships and collaborations will be built through mutual interests and areas of focus, naturally facilitated during the first day of the lab.

Invisible Flock and Quicksand will work together during the same time period on a new project, mirroring the same process of development.

Click HERE to read more about the lab and follow its progress as it unfolds…

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Common Salt at Scare the Horses, Exeter

In January 2019, the new subscription based initiative ‘Scare The Horses’ in Exeter presented Common Salt (x 2 shows) to launch their new initiative and season of work at Southernhay House Hotel (once owned by William Kirkpatrick an East India Company Official).

Hear an interview with Sheila and Sue by Scare the Horses curator Paula Crutchlow HERE. With contributions from Deborah Clark owner of Southernhay House, and Dr Nicola Thomas, Cultural Geographer at University of Exeter.

Find out more about Scare The Horses HERE

This event took place on Thursday 31 January 6pm & 8.30pm

Image by Paul Samuel White

Image by Paul Samuel White

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Common Salt (A Lament) by Lucy Cash online

The 2018 tour of Common Salt, a show and tell made in collaboration with Sue Palmer, comes to an end with a specially commissioned 'cinepoem' made by artist Lucy Cash.

Common Salt (A Lament) was exhibited at b-side festival on Portland, in September 2018. Now it's available online. Click HERE to view it (6 mins long, don't forget to turn up your volume!).

Thank you to everyone who came to see our show and tell around the table this year. It's been an extraordinary journey since we started back in 2014! We are planning future performances of Common Salt in 2019. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in hosting the piece.

It's the shortest day today and the longest night.

Warm and good wishes on this turning point of the year.

Our thanks to Arts Council England, b-side festival and Rajni Shah for supporting the work. And to the host venues: The Wellcome Collection, Bristol Library, Battersea Arts Centre, South London Botanical Institute, Frome Museum, Art.Earth at Dartington and b-side Portland. And to our Producer Sally Rose.

To read more about common Salt on my website click HERE.

Sue was also Art.Earth - September's Artist of the Month! Click HERE to read more about that.

To view Lucy's website click HERE and to view’s Sue’s website click HERE.

Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from b-side and One Final Act by Rajni Shah Projects.

Image still from Common Salt (A Lament)

Image still from Common Salt (A Lament)

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Infinity Knot - Agents of Change

Sheila is presenting Infinity Knot as a drop-in activity as part of Clod Ensemble’s symposium Agents of Change: The Power of the Placebo Effect.

The event takes place on November 3rd 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Wellcome Collection.

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Join us for a day of provocation and engaging discussion with leading scientists, cultural thinkers, artists and medics, exploring the topic of placebo. 

What is the placebo effect and what can it tell us about the way we practice healthcare today? How can expectations, suggestibility, belief, charisma of the healer, ritual and environment impact on our health? Can we be agents of our own pleasure and pain? How are we affected by those providing us with care, the manner in which we are cared for, or the setting in which care is given?

Drop in and out for the whole day, or come along to one or two of the individual sessions listed below. 

Part of The Power of Placebo – a national programme of events to accompany our new performance, Placebo.

SESSION 1: MIND & BODY (11:00 – 12:30) Featuring: Jo Marchant, Jon Stone, Suzy Willson, Peggy Shaw, Hana Ayoob (Chair)

SESSION 2: RITUALS OF CARE (13:15 – 14:45) Featuring: Sarah Goldingay, Paul Dieppe, John Fox, Christina Lee, Hana Ayoob (Chair)

SESSION 3: HEALING SPACES (15:00 – 17:00) Featuring: Elisabeth Hsu, Amy Shelton, John Burnside, Trystan Hawkins, Andrew Hall, Hana Ayoob (Chair)

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