Fourthland: RiSING Arc

November 2021 – April 2022
Fourthland with Maya Ronchetti in collaboration with Camborne Community Centre, Kestle Barton and the Syrian community in Cornwall.

RiSING Arc is an installation and gathering space situated in Camborne, Cornwall presenting a fusion of a planetarium and a Middle Eastern tea house in proximity to Camborne’s deepest mine.
This project will create a place to offer back to the land, energetically and symbolically – a place to heal from all that has been taken away. Two story threads form the beginning seeds for our project, and each will evolve collaboratively and creatively with a diverse group of people.

Thread 1
Camborne was once one of the wealthiest places in the world famed for innovation, engineering and mining. Thousands of tones of materials were taken from the ground to form infrastructures and beautiful objects all around the world. Generations of skilled hands and minds.
How can we re-remember something of the vitality and alchemy of the land from the scars left behind?

Thread 2
Camborne and the surrounding mining towns are also the new home to Syrian families seeking refuge from their previous lands, which were taken away from them through conflicts of war. The families have arrived with ‘nothing’, and with ‘everything’, and bring with them emergent gifts of togetherness as gift bearers.
How can we connect to realise that we are all bearing the gifts?

The project will weave together these collaborative threads through a series of events and gatherings to form new stories.

RiSING Arc is a call to offer back and restore a sense of belonging with the magic of the land to love more deeply in the times of extraction. 

This is a collaborative project with Camborne Community Centre, Kestle Barton, the Syrian community in Cornwall and other Cornish locals from a range of backgrounds.
Supported by Arts Council England, Kestle Barton and CAST


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Starting story

A rising of the
Cosmic domestic
Where we gather around
To awaken the ground
And offer back to the deep deep chambers that lye below

Offering back to what has been taken away
Extracted from the ground
Migrated to all corners of the world, people, tin, copper, clay,
Spinning wheels
Vast Chambers under the ground and sea

Voids that that are walked upon
Voids that hold memories
Of hands and feet

We gather here to offer back to the land
With, music, drum and dancing feet
Four arcs rising to form one

Within the cosmic domestic with our table under the wheel of the sky
We gather to share hearts
Songs, stories and sounds following the old pathways, tracks and shafts with dancing feet
We re-harmonise bringing a vast wheel that extends into the land to re-meet the pathways
With songs and stories we rise the Arc


Love in the Time of the Extraction
A series of online gatherings exploring Love in the time of Extraction will run alongside the happenings in Cornwall exploring deeper themes within the work. These gatherings will present a rich tapestry of explorations and include a discussion series.
Beginning in January 2022
To register interest in this series please email us at

RiSING Arc opens
Launching November 27th public programme runs until April 2022
All events will include refreshments based on the workshop themes and lead to pieces displayed as part of the installation.

Saturday 27th November
Opening the Land
An open afternoon for local people to come and share stories and places to form a land chart. Marking places in the landscape of celebration and significance.
We welcome everyone to come along and either share or listen to stories.

Sunday 28th November
2 – 5pm
Moon, Wheel and Vein
An afternoon of art and making workshops creating a planetarium.
Forming shapes and forms based on local landscapes, plants and Sky formations.

Monday 29th November
2:30pm – 7pm
Geometry and symbol
An afternoon drop in session of pattern and fabric painting with natural dying
Inspired by Cornish and Middle Eastern geometry and dyes using metals.

The workshop will also use natural pigments and colors from the surrounding landscape to form pattern prints for textile pieces.

Tuesday 30th November
Voice of the landscapeThe sacred underground
The evening will include stories, projections and sounds in collaboration with Jean Charnman

Wednesday 19th January 6-8:30pm
Voice of the Land
A Cornish and Syrian cooking exchange and evening feast

Saturday 22nd January
Forms of the streets
A playful afternoon of street games historic and new alongside broom making using collections of plant material from the mining landscape.

Sunday 23rd January
Rhythm, Dance and Drum
With the Syrian Dabke and Cornish Broom Dance
A day for sharing and learning aspects of both dances with drum and experiments with rhythm and brooms
Bring something for a shared lunch

Wednesday 23rd February
6 – 7:30pm
Voice of the Land
Love in the Time of Extraction
Stories, music and mystic poetry exploring the love of the land in collaboration with Jean Charnman and others

Saturday 26th February
A Cornish and Syrian cooking exchange and evening feast
Workshop between 2-5pm
Performative Feast 6:30 – 8:30pm

Sunday 27th February
11- 5pm
Rhythm, Dance and Drum
With the Syrian Dabke and Cornish Broom Dance
A day for sharing and learning aspects of both dances and experiments with rhythm and brooms
Bring something for a shared lunch

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm. Closed Mondays but open for Bank Holidays