A written Landscape: a workshop around the poetry of Alice Oswald
When: Saturday May 19th, 10:00 – 1:00pm
Cornwall is couched in a rich tradition of landscape depictions in art and literature. In the contemporary moment, how might we approach landscape writing with a formalism that resists cliché or kitsch? This question underlies the reading and writing practices that comprise this workshop.
The session will be led by Abigail Reynolds, an artist whose practice is closely tied to forging links between landscape, reading, and libraries. Reynolds will lead participants through a guided reading and discussion around select poems of Alice Oswald. This will be followed by a short writing workshop, hinging on prompts generated from landscape imagery pulled from Oswald’s texts.
Nominated for the Forward Prize, Alice Oswald is a classicist poet whose writing focuses on nature and landscape. Her intimacy with the natural world resists romanticism, and it’s this idea – the question of how to translate landscape into text without falling into a sentimental register – that Reynolds will unpack with workshop participants.
Abigail Reynolds is a British artist, based in Cornwall. Her artistic work is closely linked to books and libraries, and she works across collage, film, sculpture, print, and live performance. She was the 2016 recipient of the BMW Art Journey prize at Art Basel. The book detailing her journey to the Lost Libraries of the Silk Road was published by Hatje Cantz December 2017. She has recently exhibited at PEER London, Tate St Ives and the West China Biennial, amongst other venues.
Between Awe & Wit
When: Saturday May 19th, 10:00 – 1:00pm
Where: A walk starting from CAST in Helston to Loe Pool at Penrose
If the Cornish landscape potentially offers a dangerous tonic for un-checked self expression* how might we approach the translative act of its scenery without nostalgic dreamy reverie? If the protected environment is conscious in its curation of the romantic image, how might we write to interrupt the manicured terrain? These questions underscore the reading and writing exercises that encompass the workshop.
Led by the artist Simon Bayliss, the workshop will take the form of a walk of approximately two miles from Helston, to Loe Pool at Penrose, an estate bequeathed to the National Trust by a local family under the condition that it should be 'kept as a place of great beauty for people to enjoy without distraction'. There we will produce haikus based on observational writing, inspired by the poetry of Matsuo Bashō.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. The essence of haiku is ‘cutting’. Often this is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a ‘cutting word’ between them, working as a kind of verbal punctuation mark, signaling the moment of separation and adding richness to the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
Simon Bayliss is a British artist based in St Ives, Cornwall. Recent work including pottery, landscape painting, poetry, rave music and video, explores ideas shifting between local reverence and international aspiration; traditional craft and contemporary practice; and queer culture and rural identity. Bayliss’ forthcoming solo exhibition ‘Meditations in an Emergency’ opens at Plymouth College of Art gallery, in autumn 2018.
Antenna Workshop at Boscawen’Un
When: Saturday May 19th, 2-5pm
Where: St Buryan Village Hall
Guided by the artist Lucy Stein, The Antenna Workshop will include a mixture of performances and participatory cosmic exercises drawing on esoteric and Folkloric histories of both St Buryan and Boscawen’Un stone circle. Beginning at St Buryan village hall, writer Rupert White will lead an interactive talk on “states of mind,” referencing the relationship between the St Buryan folk club, anti-psychiatry and 1960s counter-culture.
Following a short bus-ride to Boscawen’Un, the workshop will continue around the stones with ritualistic enactments by Stein and artist Ilker Cinarel. During the afternoon participants will be encouraged to receive messages and impart them back to the cosmos with help of the nineteen stones. As a group, chants and widdershins will be performed at the sacred site along with individual extractions of words and imagery from specific stones through techniques of automatic writing and frottage.
Lucy Stein is a British artist, based in Cornwall. Her project focuses on painting but includes performances and films that engage with folk traditions and imagery, art history, feminist theory, and literature. Her most recent solo show at Galerie Gregor Staiger in Zurich in 2018 was titled "Knockers" in homage to the Cornish sprite of the same name.
Ilker Cinarel is a Turkish-British multidisciplinary artist whose practice shifts between the autobiographical and the allegorical to explore themes of human behaviour. Cinarel won the Sandra Blow Award in 2011 and his works have been exhibited at the 6th Istanbul Biennale besides being shown internationally.
Rupert White is a writer, artist, curator, and medical practitioner. His work focuses on the themes of landscape and psycho-geography, with an interest in folk tradition. White also edits artcornwall.org, an online journal for the artists and galleries of Cornwall.
Sam Buchan-Watts on WS Graham
When: Saturday May 19th, 7pm – 9pm
Where: The CAST cafe which will be open from 6.30pm serving food and drinks
On the evening of 19 May Sam Buchan-Watts will discuss his critical research on WS Graham, whose painterly poetry was often in dialogue with the St Ives artists. Sam Buchan-Watts is the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, Try To Be Better, made up of new artwork and writing commissioned in response to Graham's prompts and notes-to-self. Try To Be Better is due to be published by Test Centre in November to coincide with the centenary of Graham's birth.
Sam Buchan-Watts is a founding editor of the small press clinic and is working on a PhD at the University of York. His pamphlet was published in the Faber New Poets series in 2016, and he received an Eric Gregory Award the same year.
Mining for lost movements: a two-part workshop on writing and translation of texts into movements
When: Sunday May 20th, 10:00 – 1:00pm
Where: Rinsey, meet at CAST
A writing workshop around the idea of translating physical labour and its traces into text. The session will involve a walk to a local mine accompanied by local mining historian, Steve Polglase, where participants will produce a series of texts on-site, based on the movements of the absent bodies of miners who used to work there, as well as the surrounding landscape and the visible marks left on the land by human production.
When: Sunday May 20th, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Where: Andrew Hall (2min walk from CAST)
In this workshop participants will work with choreographer Katrina Brown around texts and movements. Taking as a starting point the texts produced the same morning during a visit to a local mine, the idea will be to translate these into scores and finally back into movement, to activate the somatic memory of a place and the participants’ place within it. Participants are not required to take part in the morning’s writing session, though encouraged to join both.
Steve Polglase was born at Greatwork, a mining district that was mined for over 500 years by the Godolphins. His family worked these mines for the same amount of time as working miners and mine captains. His father, the last to mine in Greatwork, passed his skills to him. He now tries to demonstrate these skills to the wider world.
Katrina Brown (UK/NL) is a choreographer working across performance and drawing; presenting work in theatre, gallery and on the artist page (material and digital). Her recent work explores body-place in relation to (dis) orientation and rhythm – and a quiet politics of performer presence. She is Senior Lecturer Dance & Choreography at Falmouth University.