Performers in Rosemary Lee's 'Passage for Par' on Par beach, near St Austell, June 2018. Image by Graham Gaunt
Field trip on Par Beach near St Austell, led by the botanist Colin French in May 2017. Image by Mike Newman
Janet Cardiff, 'Forty Part Motet', installed in Richmond Chapel, Penzance in May 2018. Image by Steve Tanner

Groundwork was a three-year programme of contemporary art, comprising field trips, residential workshops and an ambitious learning programme, culminating in a season of international exhibitions and events in summer 2018. For more information visit the Groundwork website.

Supported by funding through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence scheme, Groundwork was organised by CAST in partnership with Kestle BartonNewlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Tate St Ives.

With an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme of exhibitions and events in 2018 included presentations of important new commissions and acclaimed works by internationally celebrated artists in venues and outdoor sites across West Cornwall.

The Groundwork learning programme provided opportunities for encounters with the work of internationally recognised artists, curators and producers, with particular initiatives tailored to the specific interests of the participating institutions.

Groundwork was an exploration of place as the terrain of past, present and future human activity. It aimed to develop connections between the visual arts and other specialist fields and to build on strong working relationships with organisations in Cornwall. It was dedicated to encouraging national and international connection and exchange and grew 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 exceptional community of artists, Groundwork also drew on the experience of the Cornwall Workshops held at Kestle Barton since 2011, led by artists Mark Dion, Hamish Fulton, Simon Starling, Ben Rivers, Ruth Ewan and Christina Mackie; field trips led by artists, scientists, geographers and historians exploring particular themes and ideas; and CAST’s energetic public programme of screenings, talks, workshops and performances.

Read more about the programme on the Groundwork website.

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Teresa Gleadowe, Project Director
Josie Cockram, Groundwork Coordinator
Elsa Collinson, Groundwork Administrator
Melanie Stidolph, Groundwork Learning Coordinator