• Figures standing on the horizon at sunset
    Loe Bar, Cornwall, courtesy Richard Broomhall, 2016 1/3
  • Richard Wentworth speaking to students at Cornwall College, St Austell, October 2016 2/3
  • Field trip for students at Cornwall College, led by Gemma Anderson and Colin French, October 2016 3/3

Groundwork is a three-year project that will bring outstanding international art and artists to Cornwall. Field trips and workshops during 2016 and 2017 will build towards a programme of commissions and sited work to be realised in 2018. Rooted in contemporary art, the project will also involve working with science, music, performance, film and dance organisations, locally and nationally. Groundwork will provide experiences ranging from the intimate to the spectacular.

The programme supports creative education for young people through collaborations with FE and HE institutions including Cornwall College, Falmouth University and Helston Community College. Groundwork provides opportunities for encounters with the work of internationally recognised artists, curators, producers and educationalists. As the programme develops it will offer internships and work experience opportunities for young professionals wishing to begin a career in the arts and provide a volunteer programme for the final phase of the project, supported by training and social events.

In January 2016 Groundwork was awarded a grant of £500,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence scheme. This award is matched by generous support from the Freelands Foundation, Ampersand Foundation, Quercus Trust and Cornwall Council. Groundwork is also supported by significant help-in-kind from Kestle Barton Trust.

The project builds on strong relationships with artists based in Cornwall and with partner organisations Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Kestle Barton, developed through working together on previous events such as The Falmouth Convention (2010), The Penzance Convention (2012) and the succession of Cornwall Workshops held at Kestle Barton since 2011. These ongoing conversations enable Groundwork to makes links with Cornwall’s rich social, economic, geological and artistic history, as well as its contemporary cultural life, encouraging national and international connection and exchange.

Read more about the programme on the Groundwork website.

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Contact the Groundwork team: [email protected]


Teresa Gleadowe, Project Director

Josie Cockram, Groundwork Coordinator

Elsa Collinson, Groundwork Administrator

Melanie Stidolph, Groundwork Learning Coordinator