Artist Sean Lynch to talk at Falmouth School of Art – 10 May – Register now

We are pleased to announce this addition to our 2016-17 Guest Speaker programme.  In partnership with CAST as part of the Groundwork programme, Falmouth School of Art welcomes artist Sean Lynch on Wednesday 10 May, 5pm.

Irish artist Sean Lynch is interested in loose ends within stories: the footnotes that tend to get lost, and how to mediate their presence. The sculptures, installations, videos and publications generated in this process are speculative and open-ended. He forensically investigates anecdotes and half-truths, uncovering marginalised stories, forming them into alternative arrangements of history to open up new understandings. For example, he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 with Adventure: Capital, a multi-media installation that took viewers on a journey through myth and ideas of minimalism across Ireland and Britain, exploring value from an anthropological view point.

Born in 1978, Lynch lives in Dublin and studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He has recently held solo exhibitions at The Rose Art Museum, Boston, Modern Art Oxford, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, amongst others. With Michele Horrigan, he works at Askeaton Contemporary Arts, organising artist residencies and exhibitions in southwest Ireland.

Over the last few years, Lynch has been a regular visitor to Cornwall, preparing a new artwork for Groundwork, an international art programme developed and delivered by CAST in Cornwall, that will culminate next year in a series of high-profile commissions and sited work. (http://c-a-s-t.org.uk/projects/groundwork).

This is a free event but registration is required via Eventbrite.

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Launch – The Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre

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.

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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.

Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre

The new Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, based at CAST in Helston, has launched its website.

This project, led by artist and Falmouth School of Art Associate Lecturer Gemma Andersonwill create a space to explore artistic and scientific practices, especially drawing and artistic fieldwork, as ways of knowing the natural world. Learning will be activated through the shared space of an artists studio and educational practice, focused on sharing rather than teaching. The use of dematerialized mediums such as talks, drawing workshops, fieldwork and discussions aims to expand the question of education as art in the context of CAST as an artist studio group and project space.

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CMADC aims to explore ways in which art practice and learning can be integrated in a shared space which draws directly from Cornwall’s morphology resources: the landscape (fieldwork), museum and university specimens and art and science practitioners.