Groundwork is a three-year project bringing outstanding international art and artists to Cornwall. Field trips and workshops during 2016 and 2017 culminated in a high-profile programme of new commissions and sited work in 2018.

The project builds on strong relationships with artists based in Cornwall and with partner organisations Tate St IvesNewlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Kestle Barton. These ongoing conversations enable Groundwork to makes links with Cornwall’s rich social, industrial, scientific and artistic history, as well as its contemporary cultural life, encouraging national and international connection and exchange.

Rooted in contemporary art, the project will also involve working with science, music, performance, film and dance organisations, locally and nationally. The programme supports creative education for young people through collaborations with FE and HE institutions including Cornwall College, Falmouth University, Helston Community College and Truro College. Groundwork provides opportunities for encounters with the work of internationally recognised artists, curators and producers. As the programme develops it will offer internships and work experience opportunities for young professionals wishing to begin a career in the arts and provide a volunteer programme for the final phase of the project, supported by training and social events.

In January 2016 Groundwork was awarded a grant of £500,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence scheme. This award is matched by generous support from the Freelands Foundation, Ampersand Foundation, Quercus Trust and Cornwall Council. Groundwork is also supported by significant help-in-kind from Kestle Barton Trust.