• Groundwork | a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall
  • Image: Adam Chodzko in Ghost on Gillan Creek, 2018

05 May — 30 Sep 2018

Off Site


Groundwork launches the final month of its programme with new exhibitions throughout September and special events clustered round three weekends: 8/9, 22/23 and 29/30 September, in the CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust) building in Helston and at other locations around Cornwall.

Full details of the programme are on the Groundwork website Most events are free but booking is required for some.

The September programme will continue Groundwork’s use of unusual locations, and of historic buildings seldom open to the public, with an exhibition of Adam Chodzko’s recently restored sculptural vessel Ghost in Helston’s 19th-century band room building and a celebration of a new artist-led space in Redruth. Naomi Frears presents a performance in a car park, Rosanna Martin invites participants to join a brick clamp kiln firing workshop on the shores of the Fal Estuary, and the audience for an event conceived by Abigail Reynolds will come by boat for a concert on a waterside quay on the upper reaches of the Helford River.

Music continues as a particular strand of the programme, including a compilation of Cornish sounds by DJ Luke Vibert for Naomi Frears’ car park event, a new composition by Gareth Churcher, leader of the St Keverne Band, and, for the final weekend, a performance by Helston Town Band on the café terrace at CAST and a closing concert at Falmouth Rugby Club, with Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed supported by artists and musicians based in Cornwall, including famed Redruth rappers Hedluv + Passman.

CAST has developed Groundwork in partnership with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Tate St Ives and Kestle Barton. Read More below and see the Groundwork website for programme and booking

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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.

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