Groundwork was 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 built on strong relationships with artists based in Cornwall and with partner organisations Tate St IvesNewlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Kestle Barton 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 also involved working with science, music, performance, film and dance organisations, locally and nationally and supported creative education for young people through collaborations with FE and HE institutions including Cornwall College, Falmouth University, Helston Community College and Truro College. Groundwork provided opportunities for encounters with the work of internationally recognised artists, curators and producers.

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