Valerie Shemilt

Master of Fine Art

About me

My journeys along Morecambe Promenade not only provided a wealth of data for my studies, but a sense of connection too. I have had the pleasure of taking part in a community art project. Its purpose was to draw attention to an untapped resource that could benefit the community – and it achieved its goal.

Becoming part of Morecambe Fringe and using it as a vehicle to showcase my work, manifested in an award for Best Animation 2020. This was a new way of working for me.

Beyond Radio has supported me by providing a slot for my narratives to be aired. All these opportunities allowed my work to take a new direction; I discovered improv theatre and I am now working with local performers and writers to further my skills.

Recognising and acknowledging the distance travelled, leaves me very excited for the next period of my life.

The impact of the pandemic has seen the crowds returning in droves to Morecambe Promenade. The locals and tourists alike wandered, leaned and patrolled along the prom. I learnt their dance and caught snippets of conversations. I became familiar with social issues of concern. I have used a combination of narrative and image to draw attention to them. By using humour alongside everyday objects, I aim to make my findings more palatable. Each piece is bittersweet. All demand action to improve the quality of life for the town individuals.

Saturday night in - again.

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Waiting for a wrong number.

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Rita’s Cafe.

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You will stay for a cuppa - won’t you ?

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Shall I be Mother?

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A party for one.

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It’s on the latch.

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St.David

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Family time - Morecambe Promenade

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Community Protest on the Promenade

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Keywords: Morecambe Bay. Connection. Society. Narrative.Bittersweet.