Invisible Narratives: Events Programme

Image: Invisible Narratives, photo by Steve Tanner

14 May — 12 Jun 2019

Newlyn Art Gallery



In her exhibition notes Lubaina Himid asks how we can ‘understand a place as it is experienced by those who know it well: what do they reveal and what will they share?’ whilst we ourselves may still try and understand our own processes of knowing a place.

To further consider this premise, we invite you to join the artists Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Rebecca Chesney, Lubaina Himid and their guests for this programme of walks and talks in and around Newlyn Art Gallery.


IN CONVERSATION: Lubaina Himid and Tracy Hill

TUE 14 MAY, 14.00
Newlyn Art Gallery

Tracy Hill’s practice focuses on the intersection between our digital and aesthetic worlds: a hybrid space where technological control meets emotion and memory of the human experience of landscape. In conversation with Himid she will give insights into her most recent projects on wetland landscapes, linking into the exhibition themes as Himid evokes them, ‘the places on the edge of time and memory and the invisible layers underneath.’.

Free, but please book via Eventbrite.


TIDAL OBSERVATORY TALK: Richard Cockram with Rebecca Chesney

WED 15 MAY, 14.00
Newlyn Art Gallery

Newlyn Tidal Observatory was established to determine mean sea level as a starting point for measuring height and levelling throughout the UK, and provides some of the longest sea level records ever kept. Hear from Richard Cockram, the vice-chairman of the Newlyn Archive, on the history and importance of the observatory and from artist Rebecca Chesney on how a visit there inspired new work for Invisible Narratives.

Free, but please book via Eventbrite.


TALK: Georg Weckwerth on Sound In Art in with Magda Stawarska-Beavan

FRI 24 MAY, 14.00
Newlyn Art Gallery

Georg Weckwerth is a German independent artist-curator, exhibition maker and producer with a particular focus on sound in art. He is founder and artistic director of TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien and curator of TONSPUR_passage, a curated programme of sound works in a permanent public space in The Museum Quarter in Vienna.

Georg will talk about his work as a curator, with a focus on some specific projects in the TONSPUR series, including the development and subsequent tour of Magda Stawarska-Beavan’s TONSPUR 59, Krakow to Venice in 12 hours (2013), who will join him in conversation after his talk.


Whilst the control of noise pollution is a common concern for today’s architects and urban planners, it is true that the component sounds of a city are an integral part of its identity. The specific acoustics of buildings and the spaces around them offer points of orientation on any urban journey. Kraków to Venice in 12 hours maps a journey across Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia to Italy, visiting Krakow, Katowice, Bielsko-Biala, Ostrava, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Graz, Maribor, Ljubljana, Trieste and Venice, attempting to capture the unique sonic identities of the 12 cities travelled through, searching for similarities and differences. It acts as a personal and subjective audio travel guide and a clock for the journey, mapping the movement through geographical locations over the passage of time.

Free, but please book via Eventbrite.


PANEL DISCUSSION: Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Rebecca Chesney, Lubaina Himid
Is It Possible To Remember An Apparently Unknown History?

SAT 25 MAY, 11:30
Newlyn Art Gallery

Curated by Lubaina Himid, winner of the 2017 Turner Prize, Invisible Narratives explores the work of three artists, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Rebecca Chesney and Lubaina Himid, who consider the poetic investigation of place, space and time, through painting, sound installation and place-based research.

Drawing on the connections between their work in the exhibition the three artists will investigate further questions of place and memory, ‘trying to understand how you know a place well, but that you don’t necessarily know how this can be.’.

Free, but please book via Eventbrite.


WALK & TALK: Identifying Naturalised Plant Species with Emma Gunn & Rebecca Chesney

WED 29 MAY, 10.30 – 12.30
Newlyn Art Gallery

Emma Gunn is an expert forager based in Cornwall. She works at the Eden Project as Seasonal Displays Supervisor, where she creates show gardens, seasonal plant-based exhibits, and does floristry. She has been there for 20 years after studying garden design. She has a passion for plants with a use, which includes edible and medicinal plants, as well as aesthetics.

During this walk, Emma will share her knowledge and enthusiasm for plant identification and foraging, with a focus on coastal plants and seaweeds, giving participants the confidence to explore the particular flavours that are available on our doorstep.

£8.22, incl picnic box lunch.
Places limited, please book via Eventbrite.


THE DNA OF PLACE: Creative And Collective Place-Making with Elaine Speight

WED 12 JUN 11.00 – 12.00
Newlyn Art Gallery

Elaine Speight, Curator and Research Fellow ‘In Certain Places’, at the University of Central Lancashire will explore how art and artists can contribute to the development of a place by working with its existing characteristics and revealing hidden assets. Key throughout the place-making process is the involvement of diverse groups of people who bring a range of knowledge, experience and expertise.

Since 2005, Elaine Speight and Professor Charles Quick have led the research project In Certain Places, a programme of artistic and architectural interventions and events. Based in the City of Preston, the project examines how artists can contribute to the form and functions of a place. By exploring new approaches to art, culture and urban development, the programme has generated new understandings of the urban environment, enabled new ideas to be tested in the city’s public spaces, and formed collaborations between artists, institutions, communities and businesses, leading Preston’s former Chief Executive to describe it as ‘part of the city’s DNA’

Free, but please book via Eventbrite


We anticipate that these events will be popular, so please book early if you would like to attend. In the event that you have booked but are unable to attend, please let us know so we can make the space available to someone else.


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Invisible Narratives

23 Mar - 15 Jun 2019

Newlyn Art Gallery