CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust)
Based in Helston in the former School of Science and Art given to the town by the philanthropist John Passmore Edwards in 1897, CAST is home to artist studios and CAST Café, and runs an occasional programme of artist talks, screenings and workshops.
In May this year CAST launched Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art in special locations in Cornwall that runs until September 2018. With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme presents new commissions made in Cornwall, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists.
Groundwork continues throughout June, presenting an exceptional programme of exhibitions and events by internationally acclaimed artists. Highlights include the opening of the exhibition by the internationally renowned artist, Francis Alÿs, whose work has been exhibited in the world’s leading art museums including Tate Modern and MoMA, New York. Francis Alÿs’ film The Silence of Ani (2015) will be presented at CAST from 8 June – 8 July. First commissioned for the Istanbul Biennial in 2015, the piecewas shot on location around the ruined ancient Armenian city of Ani. The Silence of Ani (2015) speaks of the residue of trauma in a region remembering the genocide that took place a century ago.
The Groundwork programme also includes Janet Cardiff’s mesmerising sound installation ‘Forty Part Motet’ at Richmond Chapel in Penzance. The piece is a reworking of English renaissance composer Thomas Tallis’s choral work, Spem in Alium Numquan Habui. An arrangement of forty speakers enables listeners to move around amongst a choir of forty individual voices and feel the sculptural construction of Tallis’ composition. Janet Cardiff’s exhibition continues until August Bank Holiday Monday, (27th August).
June will also see the launch of To Whom it was Given, a project hosted at the iconic Bickford-Smith Institute, that stands overlooking Porthleven Harbour. The famous clocktower stands somewhere between the speculative promise of property development and idealised visions of the past. Originally founded in 1884 as a library ‘open to all’, the building has been home to successive generations of snooker club members since two snooker tables were installed in 1911. Chris Fite-Wassilak and Sophie Mallett pitch the hyperbole of change against the rhetoric of heritage. They will use their project as a point where the two can coexist, introducing various sculptural and narrative elements to augment and confuse the histories that cluster around the building. The exhibition opens on 9th June and runs until 1st July.
From 22nd – 24th June, Par Beach will host the captivating dance performance ‘Passage for Par’ which has been specially developed for Groundwork by the celebrated 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.
The Groundwork programme will also see an exhibition by artist Steve Rowell, opening at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum on 21st June. Steve Rowell’s photographic project, Points of Presence, focuses on the history of 19th and 20th century transatlantic communication technologies. The title refers to the technical term for a physical access point to the Internet. Catch the exhibition at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum until April 2019.
You can find full details of the Groundwork programme by visiting www.groundwork.art
Groundwork is organised by CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), in partnership with Kestle Barton, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Tate St Ives.