We are so pleased that FEAST will award us with an £1,000 grant once we hit our crowdfunding target. Please help us by spreading the word.
The 'art of surfing' is a really simple idea, which came about quite naturally because of the amazing, connected community in Newquay, Cornwall, and it has become a great collaboration of like-minded, energetic individuals with shared passion and vision for Newquay, for surfing, and for helping each other.
This project is a unique collaboration between a Cornwall-based artist (Ben Allen), a Cornish film producer (Tim Boydell from Light Colour Sound), a Cornish manufacturer (Tris Cokes from Homeblown), a Cornwall-based arts space (Sara Black from greyblackwhite), a Cornish board shaper & surf company (Matt Adams and Tom Cullen from Adams Surfboards), a Cornwall-based photographer (Callum Sampson from Callum Sampson Photography), and an upcoming Cornish surfer (Georgie Timson, team-rider for Adams Surfboards Georgie Timson-surfer)
Sara and Ben are working together on an exhibition of Ben's new work, which includes a collaboration with Adams Surfboards. Through conversation with Matt and Tom, they met Tris and the Homeblown team and together they developed the idea of making a film which would show the whole creative process from the first conversations (and negotiations!) through to the complete work - the new boards, being surfed by Adams team-riders, including upcoming surfer, Georgie Timson.
The simple idea, is to show through film - and share with a wider community, the process of creating and hand-crafting beautiful boards - works of art in their own right - and that this happens here, in a small coastal town in Cornwall, and is very much about individual passion for place, lifestyle and working together as a community.
The process started with lively conversations (!) between Ben (both artist and surfer) with Matt and Tris discussing the foam and blanks. Homeblown aims to pursue environmentally responsible alternatives in surfboard construction. They are the only company in the UK to blow surfboard foam, including an award winning Biofoam formula, and they prove that we don't need to import inferior surfboard blanks when technically superior blanks are made here, in Cornwall.
So what we want to do now, is to film the whole process (which is usually all carried out behind closed doors) showing Tris blowing the foam, Matt shaping the board, Ben working with Callum, Georgie and Matt on his artwork for each board, through to Georgie surfing her local breaks - some of the best in the world right here in Cornwall - and by doing this we'll create a beautiful and we hope inspiring film (filmed & edited by Tim), to share with you, online and at the London Film Festival this October.
This is why we're launching a crowdfunding campaign. We would like to involve as many people as possible to help promote handmade work, local talent, local people and our very special 'back-yard' - Newquay in Cornwall.
What do we need & how can you help us? we need the money to pay for the film production and distribution and we have applied to Feast Cornwall to match our Crowdfunding campaign
We hope we've created some great incentives for you to support us - with the rewards listed. Ben's show opens at greyblackwhite in August
Follow us on Facebook:
adamssurf; greyblackwhite.projects; benallenartist; LightColourSound; georgietimsonsurfer
and here's a sneak preview of some of Ben's new work
Meet the crew:
Ben Allen, artist; Matt Adams, shaper, Adams Surfboards; Sara Black, curator and producer; Tom Cullen, Adams Surfboards; Tim Boydell, film-maker, Light Colour Sound; Georgie Timson, surfer & Adams teamrider; Callum Sampson, photographer; Tris Cokes, Homeblown
Ben Allen Matt Adams
Sara Black Tom Cullen
Tim Boydell Georgie Timson
& coming soon Tris Cokes