Falmouth School of Art is very pleased to be contributing to the funding of The Thrown Gauntlet Festival of mixed arts which takes place in Falmouth this weekend from the 26 – 28 January 2018. Produced and directed by a team of over 30, most of whom are students at Falmouth University, the second year of the festival promises to be even bigger than 2017. The festival will include work from over 30 visual artists and will host 35 performances over the weekend including past and present Falmouth University students, local Falmouth artists, as well as work from the wider Cornish art community.
Amos Jacob, Festival Director, tells us more, “It is a festival that constitutes a celebration and a challenge. A celebration of artistic creativity and a challenge to how we use our public and private spaces. Our vision is to bring exceptional artistry into places where artistic expression is not usually experienced. We passionately celebrate artistic merit in a multi-disciplinary environment and we take pride in exploring the social context of art.”
Work shown will include a mixture of painting, photography, installation and film, with performances across the mediums of dance, performance art, theatre, poetry and music. The works selected were submitted to an open application process and were curated to represent artistic expressions from a diverse range of individuals and groups.
The exhibition venues are the artists’ homes, and homes that have been volunteered, as well as public parks and local pubs. Amos continues, “this domestic setting challenges notions of public and private in the aim of provoking thought and discourse into the role of expression in civility”. The festival hopes to engage people in their community, and hopes that the presence of the unusual festival will encourage conversations among the residents in Falmouth and the surrounding county.
The festival is based on a number of streets around the Smithick area of Falmouth, but all attendees will be required to first go to the festival hub located at The Jacobs Ladder Inn, 1-2 Chapel Terrace, Falmouth TR11 3BQ where you will receive your wristband, timetable and map.