Goonhilly Village Green returns to Cornwall in 2019

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Artists Sara Bowler and Elizabeth Masterton, with curatorial team Field Notes, have commissioned 8 regionally connected artists to create new work for Goonhilly Village Green 2 on Goonhilly Downs on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. The project has recently confirmed funding from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall Council’s FEAST fund, the Ernest Cook Trust and the Elmgrant Trust, enabling the GVG team to build on the successful Arts Council England funded Pilot in 2015.
Over the next 6 months, artists Paul Chaney, James Hankey, Sara Bowler, Beth Emily Richards and Rosanna Martin will be working with local partners Natural England, GES Ltd, Trelowarren Estate, The Museum of Cornish Life, and the Lizard Outreach Trust, with Oliver Raymond Barker, Phyllida Bluemel and Bram Thomas Arnold, also producing new work for The Gathering, a free village fete style event on Saturday 18th May 2019. 

Lottery players’ support through Heritage Lottery Fund’s Sharing Heritage programme will also enable a free Community Programme of talks, workshops and events in the area from February to April 2019, with the first talk by GVG’s Sara Bowler, Robin Ridge from Goonhilly Heritage Society and a speaker  from Natural England scheduled for 5th February. Heritage Lottery funding will also support a placement for an up and coming Assistant Producer to work alongside Field Notes, whilst support from the Ernest Cook Trust will enable Goonhilly School, a day of themed outdoor learning activities for local school children.

The project has been developed over 10 years by Bowler and Masterton as an expansive, durational investigation of this distinctive site, based on the idea of assembly and commons. Goonhilly Village Green offers people the opportunity to discover the site through a range of activities; sharing stories and exploring ideas about art, science and nature inspired by Goonhilly.

Elizabeth Masterton explains: “Goonhilly has always been a place of experiments. It has many stories: of telecommunications, archaeology, ecology, geology, social history, agriculture and astronomy, amongst others”. Sara Bowler adds, “Through a Creative Exchange residency at Exeter University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute in 2014, we learnt about cutting edge experiments on Goonhilly. Goonhilly Village Greens aims to assemble a body of accessible knowledge drawn from academic, vernacular and experiential sources.”

“This felt like a really local event, attended by people from the local community who appreciated Goonhilly and its heaths and history, who loved the imaginative and artistic Cornish cultural scene, and wanted to be part of it.” Amanda Scott, Western Morning News 2015.

By drawing on this resource, Goonhilly Village Green aims to create a platform for its dissemination to a wide and varied audience, instigating a new approach to the traditional subjects of landscape and history within contemporary practice.


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