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 fifth Cornwall Workshop will take place from 11 to 18 October 2019 at Kestle Barton. It will be led by Andy Holden and offer a space in which to explore a range of ideas suggested by his interests and work. A selection of writings, films and musical works will frame the week-long conversation, starting with works included in The Long Revolution, a curated project at Holden’s studio space in Bedford, looking at walking and observation as methods of gently affecting change. 

The week will also include a range of seminars and reading groups exploring texts such as Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects, Mark Fisher’s The Weird and the Eerie, and Daisy Hildyard’s The Second Body, and discussing subjects such as ‘Kant after the Internet’. There will also be a lecture with ornithologist Peter Holden on understanding bird song, experiments in sound recording with composer and artist Mira Calix, and conversations around the effects of technology on our understanding of nature. 

Visit How to Apply for further details of the application process and to download the application form.

The first Cornwall Workshop was held in October 2011 and 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 was led by Christina Mackie. All four workshops contributed to the development of the Groundwork programme.

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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