Download: The Wanderers programme
40 years ago artist Bas Jan Ader went missing at sea during an attempt to sail solo across the Atlantic from Cape Cod to Falmouth, for what became his final work In Search of The Miraculous. The influence of Ader’s work can be felt within the practice of many contemporary artists, from big names like Mat Collishaw and Francis Alÿs who feature in Newlyn Art Gallery’s international summer exhibition (In Search of the Miraculous on until 19th September) to developing artists and recent graduates.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, generations of students from Falmouth School of Art have been drawn to the works of this enigmatic and ground-breaking artist. The Wanderers is made up of six new commissions by nine Falmouth alumni who have been influenced by different aspects of Ader’s practice, from the pursuit of precarious journeys to the poetry of futility.
Audiences will be invited to discover their own pace in a night time exploration of the Trelissick Estate led by Go Happen; lose themselves in the streets of Falmouth with a map created by BA(Hons) Fine Art alumnus and Midas Award winner Guido Lanteri Laura that questions our relationship with fact; and be guided through a myriad of fateful journeys by Chris Taylor at The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Rhys Morgan’s sound piece in the foyer to Falmouth Library and Art Gallery will be in situ throughout; splicing silence, stories, poems, borrowed words and music. Then, in early September James Hankey will appear on the waters surrounding Falmouth, making his own futile journey across surface of the sea.
Blair Todd, Exhibitions Curator at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, said, “When developing In Search Of The Miraculous I’d always hoped the exhibition would spread beyond Newlyn Art Gallery and Field Notes have created a perfect parallel programme. The events are thoughtful, playful and adventurous – follow The Wanderers, they will take you somewhere new.”
Field Notes is a national projects organisation based in Cornwall; founded and run by curators and Falmouth School of Art alumni Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover.
The Wanderers is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and FEAST, as well as funding from School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall and Falmouth University with the generous support of Newlyn Art Gallery, National Trust, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth Library, The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and Falmouth Town Council.