William Arnold: Suburban Herbarium

24 March – 29 April 2018

We are pleased to be opening the 2018 season at Kestle Barton with this botanical homage, a natural complement to our own wild flower meadows and orchards. Suburban Herbarium is a collection of William Arnold’s photographs made in odd moments as he escaped from the routine of a teaching job. An earlier study, Outside City Walls, that informed and inspired the later work, will also be shown.

Living and working in West Cornwall, UK, William is interested in the layers of history, human and natural that comprise the making of the landscape and the role played by the photographic surface both literally and metaphorically in recording, interrogating and representing these histories.


Fourthland and Rosalind Fowler: The Cloth of a Thousand

March-April 2018

Cloth of a Thousand is a residency project led by artists Fourthland and Rosalind Fowler.
The residency will use objects and the creation of a sculptural cloth to gather stories and form new myths between migrant and minority groups and Cornish residents.

The artists will work across the mediums of object-making, craft, sculpture, performance and 16mm film to develop gatherings in partnership with Cornwall Faith Forum. These collaborative sessions will involve the sharing of fragments, narratives, and gestures, informing the development of the Cloth of a Thousand.

The residency will also involve learning skills from Cornish Crafts people including withy-pot making and natural dyeing, taking materials and inspiration from the local landscape. The artists will also initiate a series of explorations and performative walks unearthing local histories from new and ancient sites.

The project is interested in using craft, improvisation and an experimental ethnographic approach to re-imagine points of inter-connectedness between diverse groups of people.

A series of collaborative events will be held throughout to shape the process:

The Cloth of a Thousand
Saturday 17 March 10:30 – 1pm at Kestle Barton
Creating a world of stories, through objects and improvised making. Refreshments provided.

Half Way Stories
Saturday 24 March 2 – 4:30pm at Cornwall Faith Forum Peace Field
Meet: Cornwall Faith Forum Peace Field, Dor Kemmyn Field, Penmount, Truro TR4 9AA
A special celebration including a foraging walk using objects and herbs. Hot drinks and cakes provided (under cover if wet). No booking required.

To Weave
Saturday 31 March 10:30 – 2pm at Kestle Barton
A weaving, sound and storytelling workshop working with cloth, paper and willow withies. Lunch included.

The approach for this residency builds upon a collaborative model piloted with Wenlock Barn Estate residents in Hackney, London for their recent work BREADROCK (PEER, 2018). This residency at Kestle Barton marks the first time that the artists have brought their practice to a rural area and coincides with an exhibition of BREADROCK at PEER, London (Feb-April 2018).




Art Garden 2017

Spontonality 2017 – music improvisation sequence

Artist & Curator Talk on Togetherness

Togetherness: Notes on Outrage

Camera Obscura Workshops with Oliver Raymond-Barker

Poetry workshops with Virginia Astley

Philosophy in the veg patch – gardening as revolutionary metabolic repair – 3 part series with Paul Chaney

Festival of Children’s Literature STORY DAY

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