Sri Lanka comes to Somerset

My first opportunity to share the work I created on the Sura Medura residency in Sri Lanka is coming up in March in my home county of Somerset.  Please do come and join us in the beautiful 15th century Bishop’s Barn in Wells.  Details below.


Opening Doors

Bishop’s Barn, Silver Street, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1US 
Saturday 24th March 2018, 7.30 pm
          Doors Open 7.15 pm      Tickets £5 on the door             

This Spring the doors of the 15th century Bishop’s Barn in Wells, Somerset, will open for an intimate evening with two very special women.

Helen Ottaway and Melanie Thompson have been working across multiple arts disciplines all their professional lives.  They would like to share an evening with you where you will find yourself immersed in their stories from two residencies located in two very different parts of the world.

Through film, sound installation, demonstration and specially prepared talks, Melanie and Helen will take you through the fascinating process of creating original site-specific work in response to Sri Lanka and Denmark.


Helen Ottaway – Six weeks, Hikkaduwa, sea sounds, drawing music on the beach and a magical musical box.  Helen was sponsored by Inside Out Dorset to take part in the Sura Medura  International Artists Residency in Sri Lanka.

Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson – Two years, Aarhus, two solo performances in one night and a film about drowning. Melanie was invited to collaborate with Reflektion Teatre, Denmark and its director, Bjarne Sandborg.

Ten years ago Melanie and Helen created Palace Intrusions, a two year public art project, for Wells. They are now returning with the intention of creating a new work for the city and its community.

This event is part of the Into the BARN project 2018.

For info on parking in Wells see:


2 thoughts on “Sri Lanka comes to Somerset

    • helenottaway February 22, 2018 / 10:34 am

      yes sorry! Will try to organise the same in London .


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