Guest blog – Groundwork contemporary art

Cornwall may be known for its surfing hotspots, clotted cream ice-cream and the dashing hero, Ross Poldark. But this May, Cornubian Arts & Science Trust, is set to add to Cornwall’s creative oeuvre as they launch Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art across South West Cornwall.

Groundwork contemporary art

Groundwork contemporary art

CAST launches Groundwork this May, a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall from May to September. Exhibitions and events will take place in special locations including Goonhilly, Helston Museum, Par beach and Godolphin.

With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, Groundwork will open this May bank holiday (5-7) and run until September 2018. Organised by CAST, the programme will present exhibitions of new commissions, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists, and one-off events in unusual locations across South West Cornwall.

Groundwork contemporary art

Groundwork will provide experiences and events ranging from the intimate to the spectacular. Highlights include:

CAST, 5 May – 3 June

Turner Prize and Oscar winner Steve McQueen’s film ‘Gravesend’, exploring the mining of coltan, the mineral used in the manufacture of mobile phones and laptops, will be shown in a specially constructed black box projection space at CAST, with ‘Unexploded’, made by McQueen when he was sent to Iraq as a war artist and filmed – from multiple perspectives – a crater left by an unexploded bomb in a building in Basra.

Goonhilly Earth Station, 5 May – 3 June

Artist duo Semiconductor are making a new moving image work for Groundwork. ‘As the World Turns’ questions how we experience nature through the language of science and technology, combining video footage filmed at Goonhilly Earth Station with scientific data acquired through the process of radio astronomy.

National Trust Godolphin, 5 May – 24 June

Christina Mackie’s ‘The Judges II’, an installation inspired by the rock formations of New South Wales and by ideas of geological, mythical and personal time, will be presented in the Kings Room at National Trust Godolphin.

Kestle Barton, 5 May – 8 July

Manon de Boer’s new moving image commission ‘Bella, Maia and Nick (From nothing to something to something else, Part I)’, will be presented in the gallery at Kestle Barton. Filmed at Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, the work portrays three local music students experimenting with new sounds and rhythms, continuing de Boer’s fascination with the importance of ‘open time’ in providing the conditions for creation.

Par Beach, 22 – 24 June

Passage for Par is a dance performance created especially for and presented on Par Beach, conceived and directed by choreographer Rosemary Lee. At the turn of the tide 30 women will rhythmically snake their way across the tidal landscape, tracing meandering pathways through the wet sand, their outlines etched against the sea and sky.

Groundwork contemporary art

A number of special one-off events will also take place over the opening weekend. You can find more information about these and about exhibitions throughout the summer on the Groundwork website.

CAST will be the hub for Groundwork activity and CAST Café will be open for extended hours over the opening weekend and throughout the programme.
Groundwork is organised by CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), in partnership with Kestle Barton, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Tate St Ives.

To learn more about Groundwork, visit their website.

Book your stay for May online or call our reservation team on 01637 860543.

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