The Cornwall Workshop is a week-long intensive residential workshop for artists, curators and writers based in Cornwall and the South West, organised by CAST and hosted at Kestle Barton on the Lizard peninsula.

The most recent Cornwall Workshop took place from 4 to 11 March, 2022 and was led by Elizabeth Price. The workshop offered a space in which to explore three ideas that are embedded in Price’s work and in her practice as an artist: assembly, archive and place.

Price describes her interest in: ‘the assembly of different kinds of things: the creation of heterogeneous assemblies, such as the ‘exquisite corpse’ of Surrealism, as well as bricolage, collage, literary montage or cut-up, and certain kinds of concrete poetry’. She imagines how one might approach the archive not only by intervening in it but also by inventing stories and images that will ‘summon into the visible the contours of things permanently erased’. During the workshop week, she drew upon local cultural and political histories and their manifestations in local archives and collections and use the ideas of assembly and archive ‘to disassemble stable or singular ideals of place’.

The first Cornwall Workshop was held in October 2011, led by artist Mark Dion and critic Lori Waxman. The second was held in October 2013, led by artists Simon Starling and Hamish Fulton; the third, held in March 2016 and organised in partnership with LUX, was led by artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers; and the fourth, in October 2017, was led by artist Christina Mackie with critic Chris Fite-Wassilak. All these workshops contributed to the development of the Groundwork programme, which culminated in a programme of international contemporary art in the summer of 2018. The fifth Cornwall Workshop was held in October 2019, devised and led by artist Andy Holden, and including contributions by ornithologist Peter Holden and experiments in sound recording with composer and artist Mira Calix. 

The Archive section contains records of each workshop and includes reports by artists, writers and guest contributors and responses from participants.

Kestle Barton, an ancient Cornish farmstead restored and converted into a gallery and holiday cottages, hosts the workshop, providing high quality residential accommodation for participants and workshop leaders. 

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