05 May — 30 Sep 2018
A SEASON OF INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART IN CORNWALL
OPENING BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: 5 – 7 MAY 2018
This summer the Helston-based arts organisation CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust) presents Groundwork, a season of exceptional international contemporary art in Cornwall.
Over the first May bank holiday weekend, Groundwork launches with exhibitions and special events in and around Helston and the Lizard. Most events are free but booking is required for some.
On 5 May the Groundwork launch coincides with the reopening of the CAST building after a period of renovation, welcoming visitors to a refurbished CAST Café. An exhibition of films by acclaimed British artist and film-maker Steve McQueen is presented in the east wing of the building, screened in a specially constructed black box space, with exceptional sound and image quality.
Conceived as an exploration of place as a terrain of past, present and future human activity, Groundwork will present exhibitions and events by internationally celebrated artists, including Francis Alÿs, Manon de Boer, Janet Cardiff, Adam Chodzko, Tacita Dean, Andy Holden, Rosemary Lee, Christina Mackie, Sean Lynch, Steven Rowell, Simon Starling and Semiconductor.
With an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the season will include presentations of new commissions and acclaimed works at locations across West Cornwall. A changing programme unfolds through the summer and includes field trips, music events, screenings, talks and readings.
CAST has developed Groundwork in partnership with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Tate St Ives and Kestle Barton. Read More below and visit the Groundwork website for programme and booking information:groundwork.art
The project aims to develop connections between the visual arts and other specialist fields and to build on strong working relationships with organisations in Cornwall. It is dedicated to encouraging national and international connection and exchange and has grown out of earlier projects in Cornwall exploring ideas of place, including The Falmouth Convention in 2010 and The Penzance Convention in 2012.
Informed by ongoing conversations with Cornwall’s exceptionally large community of artists, Groundwork also draws on the experience of the Cornwall Workshops held at Kestle Barton since 2011; artist-led field trips exploring particular themes and ideas; and CAST’s energetic public programme of screenings, talks, workshops and performances. These ongoing conversations foster links with Cornwall’s rich social, industrial, scientific and artistic history, as well as its contemporary cultural life.