Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Image: Rosemary Lee rehearsing on Par beach, near St Austell. Photo: Steve Tanner © CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust)
Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.
This June, Groundwork is making the selection.
Groundwork is a season of exceptional international contemporary art in locations across West Cornwall, organised by CAST in Helston. A programme of exhibitions, performances and events opened in May and unfolds throughout the summer and September. With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, Groundwork presents new commissions made in Cornwall, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists including:
Francis Alÿs, Manon de Boer, Janet Cardiff, Adam Chodzko, Tacita Dean, Andy Holden, Rosemary Lee, Sean Lynch, Christina Mackie, Steve McQueen, Steve Rowell, Simon Starling, Semiconductor and Laureana Toledo.
Groundwork has been developed in partnership with Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Kestle Barton, and through ongoing conversations with Cornwall’s exceptional community of artists. The project is an exploration of place as the terrain of past, present and future human activity. It aims to develop connections between the visual arts and other specialist fields and to build on strong working relationships with organisations in the South West.
Groundwork continues throughout June. Exhibitions by Janet Cardiff, Christina Mackie and Manon de Boer continue and new exhibitions open at CAST in Helston, the Bickford-Smith Institute in Porthleven and the Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno, introducing work by Francis Alÿs, Chris Fite-Wassilak and Sophie Mallett and Steve Rowell. Meanwhile choreographer Rosemary Lee is working with 30 women dancers to develop her new dance work 'Passage for Par'. Francis Alÿs will visit Helston on Sunday 10 June for an informal conversation in CAST Café. Download the June programme on the Groundwork website.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network