The Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre (CMADC), a project by artist Gemma Anderson, will launch on 21 March at its venue at the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST), a former school of arts and science in Helston. CMADC is ideally located to build on the region’s unique tradition in arts and the natural sciences.
In the free launch event, Anderson will present her new book about drawing and natural form: Isomorphology and together with scientists Colin French and Courtenay Smale, introduce a science film screening, after which participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Centre’s natural science microscopes and collections.
Anderson, with the collaboration of Cornwall and London-based scientists (botanists, mineralogists and mathematicians), will host a series of workshops open to the public and the science and arts communities. Held at the Centre but also in the field, workshops will focus on topics of current scientific research and introduce participants to the approach to the understanding of the natural world that the artist has been developing throughout her art practice and research career.
The first workshop is to be held the week following the launch, Sunday 29th. It is titled ‘Isomorphology on the Lizard’ and will combine artistic and scientific approaches in the Loe Bar area and at the Centre. More information and programme details can be found at the project’s website.
The Centre, made possible by a starter fund from Falmouth University, is building on the support of several regional institutions. The Biosciences Department and Camborne School of Mines at University of Exeter, Penryn have donated respectively 10 zoological and 10 petrological microscopes to the nascent Centre. CMADC will repurpose redundant scientific equipment for new uses through the application of the artists’ methods.