Camera Obscura Workshop

Image Credit: Oliver Raymond-Barker

Trelowarren & Goonhilly Downs, Lizard, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6AF

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Saturday 27 April 2019
10am - 4.30pm
Booking essential

Led by artist Oliver Raymond-Barker, the workshop will give a theoretical introduction to the Camera Obscura and lens-based practices, whilst also providing the opportunity to build and experience being inside a projection device. Working collaboratively participants will use recycled / repurposed materials and a simple lens to construct a device that fits over the head, providing an immersive experience of the surrounding environment.

The morning session will be concerned with theoretical aspects and construction of the cameras.

In the afternoon session we will take the viewing devices out onto the Trelowarren estate or Goonhilly Downs - weather and transport dependent!

Participants will be able to experience the re-imagined landscape, noting what they see and how they feel, perhaps making notes or a written response if it feels appropriate. This activity can then be extended by encouraging students to document the projected imagery through digital or analogue means.



The workshop is a FREE event however space is limited and booking is essential.

Suitable for ages 13+ - Participants under 16yrs must be accompanied by a parent or guardian


2019 sees the second and final Goonhilly Village Green take place. For one day only we will set up a temporary village green near The Drytree menhir, or standing stone, that marks the convergence of five parish boundaries. Goonhilly Village Green draws together the diverse range of people that use the site and layers of interest that make up its history; to meet, talk, learn and play, finding common ground on the common land of National Nature Reserve.

From February to April, a free programme of talks and workshops will be taking place across the Lizard and Helston area, culminating in The Gathering, a one day celebration on 18th May. This year, eight South West based artists have been commissioned to uncover the many layers of the Downs, touching on everything from ancient folklore, ecology and environment, means of communication, visual adventures and explorations of possible futures.

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