Staff and students from BA Architecture and BA Fine Art recently took part in Goonhilly Village Green an event supported by Arts Council England and led by artists Sara Bowler, Elizabeth Masterton, and curators Field Notes to celebrate the unique landscape, history and culture of the Goonhilly Downs on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK.
Goonhilly has no central village and most of its residents live around the edge of the Downs. The aim of Goonhilly Village Green was to draw together this diverse range of people and interests to meet, talk, learn and play on a temporary village green on the Downs; to find common ground on the common land of National Nature Reserve. The event opened with a musical procession from Cornish dancer ScootsKernow and continued with workshops in writing, bushcraft and natural craft; a guided archaeological walk; the Village Green Society Lecture programme; film screenings of Ian Helliwell’s ‘Practical Electronica’ and Liminal’s ‘Of This Parish’.
Throughout the day, bells rang out from a bell-tower created by artists Liminal, on a village green specially created for the event by Natural England. Liminal is a partnership between architect Frances Crow and sound artist and composer David Prior. Frances works as Senior Lecturer, Architecture in the School of Art and David is associate professor in Music and Sound Art at Falmouth University. For more about the project see here:
A solar furnace created for the event by artists Andy Webster and Darren Ray was a focal point for discussions around renewable energy, tribute d.i.y. acts, and the ad-hoc as a dissenting practice. Andy works as Senior Lecturer, Fine Art in the School of Art. Darren graduated from BA Fine Art in 2015.
On Friday 25th September, the event hosted a special day for children from the primary schools of the Keskowethyans Multi-Academy Trust, who took part in workshops, devised by artists Liminal and supported by the National Trust Wild Lizard Rangers.
This was the fifth project that Sara Bowler and Lizzie Masterton have developed at the Goonhilly site and aimed to lay the groundwork for a larger village green event to take place in 2016. For more information please visit: Goonhilly Village Green