Luxulyan Valley, the steep-sided and wooded valley of the river Par, is rich in early 19th century industrial remains. Now a designated World Heritage site, the valley was once the site of a booming copper mining industry and home to Fowey Consols Mine, one of the deepest, richest and most important of the Cornish copper mines.
This field trip led by artist William Arnold will look beyond the obvious drama of this UNESCO World Heritage site and investigate the diverse socio-political, historical and environmental aspects that contribute to the contemporary use and cultural perceptions of this landscape.
Starting at Par beach, the field trip will explore the valley from the Port of Par to the Treffry viaduct/aqueduct, not far from Luxulyan Village, and will finish back at Par beach.
The proposed route is approximately eight miles and the walk will take four to five hours. The terrain is varied, rural and often muddy. Participants will need to be physically able, with suitable clothing and footwear, and should bring a packed lunch.
With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the Groundwork season presents new commissions and sited work by internationally acclaimed artists in Cornwall. A changing programme of exhibitions and events unfolds from May to September – visit www.groundwork.art for more information.
Groundwork field trips will take place at intervals throughout the summer, exploring a particular terrain, history or set of ideas and bringing together participants from a range of disciplines. Opportunities to join field trips will be announced through newsletters and on the website.