Siân Macfarlane, We Are llluminated – Micro-residency

Siân Macfarlane

We Are Illuminated


Artists’ Studio

Siân Macfarlane, film still from ‘We will meet sooner than two mountains’, 2013, 2 screen HD projection 11’30

Carnival Memorial Park, Willenhall, c.1926 (Ref. 7844), Reproduced by permission of Walsall Local History Centre

21 July – 3 August 2014


West Midlands-based artist Siân Macfarlane works with photography, film and performance, with a particular interest in outmoded technology.


Gathering images and information from archival sources, Siân is concerned with how we interact with time and place, and the relationship between the visual and other senses.


Fairs, carnivals and cinemas in the Walsall area, from the 1800s to the present day, form the focus of Siân’s research for her residency. Assisted by students from Walsall College and in consultation with local residents, Siân will collate a body of research to explore further in the studio.


A changing display of the artist’s research material is on display in the mezzanine case, until the end of the residency.


Follow the progress of the project at:


Get Involved!

Are you interested in appearing in anartist’s film? No experience required. All ages welcome!

Meet at the Artists’ Studio; Thursday 31st July, 12 noon


Artist in residence Sian Macfarlane will be filming in the studio and at locations within the town centre and would love you to be involved – no need to book, just show up.


The original 1951 script, as displayed in the mezzanine level case, will be the source of the monologues.


For more information contact:

Sian Macfarlane


Hannah Anderson, Exhibitions Assistant / 01922 654410


Studio event

Saturday 2 August, 2pm


Join the artist and students in the studio for an opportunity to discuss the project.


Free, all welcome

Book your place by calling 01922 654400



The culmination of Siân’s research will be exhibited on our 4th Floor, 1 May – 26 July 2015




This residency is part of the Artist Development programme delivered by The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands. For further information, please visit