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Pioneering Groundwork hosts day for Cornish artists

Published: April 28, 2017

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The Groundwork programme, which was launched last year with the aim of bringing outstanding international art and artists to Cornwall, is hosting a day for artists in St Austell. 

Taking place on Thursday 4 May from 10am to 3pm at the Keay Theatre, Cornwall College, St Austell, the Groundwork team at CAST has organised a day of artistic talks and presentations.

The audience will include artists, arts professionals and students who would like to find out more about the project ahead of a programme of exhibitions and events in 2018.

Lisa Mortensen, curriculum lead for visual arts at Cornwall College said the partnership with Groundwork “has hugely enriched our curriculum with guest speakers, visiting artists, field trips and specialist workshops”.

“These have had a significant impact on the work students have produced as well as enhancing the dialogue about art practice and the place we live in,” she continued.

“I am delighted that Cornwall College is able to host this event and very much look forward to our continued work with CAST and the Groundwork Project.”

Groundwork is an ambitious two-year contemporary art programme developed by Helston-based arts organisation CAST in partnership with Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Kestle Barton.  It is supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence scheme, whose aims are to enable organisations outside London to work with internationally recognised artists and to grow and develop talent and leadership in the regions.

The programme gives particular emphasis to working with young people and supporting creative education.  Cornwall College was named as a collaborator in the Ambition for Excellence application and we hope that students and staff across disciplines will participate in the Groundwork programme.

Sean Lynch, who represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015, will give an illustrated talk assembled from his encounters and experiences during visits to Cornwall in recent years.

Adam Chodzko, whose exhibition ‘Proxigean Tide’ was presented at Tate St Ives in 2008, will give a talk entitled ‘Clay Gut Landscaping’.

The Brighton-based artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) have made work with scientific institutions around the world. They are coming to Cornwall to do research at Goonhilly Earth Station and will give a brief presentation about their work.

Abigail Reynolds will introduce a podcast of the Solstice Walk she led last summer with a group of seventeen people walking overnight across the Lizard peninsula. Other speakers will be added to the schedule for the day.

At the end of the afternoon botanist Dr Colin French will lead an expedition to Par beach, a locale that has been dramatically altered by the China clay industry and has become the richest place in Cornwall in terms of the number of plant species recorded in the wild.

Many of these species were introduced by trading ships leaving their ballast behind on the beach. The field trip will explore this rich and diverse legacy.

Teresa Gleadowe, Director of Groundwork said the team “are very grateful to Cornwall College for hosting this event”.

“It will be an opportunity to ‘show and tell’ – to show some of the ways in which artists are responding to Groundwork, and to share information about the programme,” she added.

Participation in this event is free, but places are limited.  If you would like to apply for a place please send an email to josie@c-a-s-t.org.uk explaining your interest in hearing the artists speak and what you hope to gain from attending this event.

Please specify whether you would also like to join the expedition to Par beach following the event in the Keay Theatre. The expedition will leave St Austell around 3pm and return by 6pm.

Field trips and workshops during 2016 and 2017 are building towards a high-profile programme of commissions and sited work opening in May 2018.

To read more about Groundwork please visit c-a-s-t.org.uk. A Groundwork website is coming soon.

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