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Groundwork | a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall

May - September 2018
Opening bank holiday weekend: 5 - 7 May 2018

In May 2018, the Helston-based arts organisation CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust) launches Groundwork, a season of exceptional international contemporary art in Cornwall.

Conceived as an exploration of place as a terrain of past, present and future human activity, Groundwork will present exhibitions and events by internationally celebrated artists, including Francis Alÿs, Manon de Boer, Janet Cardiff, Rosemary Lee, Christina Mackie, Sean Lynch, Steve McQueen, Steven Rowell and Semiconductor.

Further artists and works will be announced early in 2018, including a series of field trips, music events, screenings, talks and readings, many in places usually closed to the public.

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

Read more about the project on the Groundwork website:

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