The Groundwork programme held at the Keay Theatre, Cornwall College, St Austell last week was initially launched last year with the aim of bringing outstanding international art and artists to Cornwall.
A selection of artistic talks and presentations was delivered on the day to an audience which included local artists, arts professionals and students who were interested in finding out more about the project, ahead of a programme of exhibitions and events in 2018.
Teresa Gleadowe, Director of Groundwork said the team “are very grateful to the College for hosting this event”.
“It was a fabulous opportunity to ‘show and tell’ – to show some of the ways in which artists are responding to Groundwork, and to share key information about the programme going forward,” she added.
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.
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 it is hoped that students and staff from the College across disciplines will participate in the Groundwork programme.
Key artistic speakers included; Sean Lynch, who represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015; he gave 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, gave a talk entitled ‘Clay Gut Landscaping’.
At the end of the afternoon botanist, Dr Colin French 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.
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 or to find out how to get involved please visit www.groundwork.art
For more information on the range of Art & Design courses available across The Cornwall College Group call 0845 22 32 567.