Village Green Gathering, brings together art & ideas about Goonhilly Downs, Saturday 18th of May

Image Credit: Oliver Raymond-Barker

2019 sees the second and final Goonhilly Village Green take place. This year, eight South West based artists have been commissioned to investigate and 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.

Goonhilly Village Green has been developed over 10 years by founding artists Sara Bowler and Elizabeth 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.

The Gathering on Saturday 18th, is a chance to peel back the many layers of history that make up Goonhilly Downs. Explore the site to discover Sara Bowler’s aural response to boundaries at the ancient Dry Tree Menhir; listen in to a special radio broadcast by Bram Thomas and Trail Mix(ed); see the site from a different angle inside Oliver Raymond-Barker’s new camera obscura work Conduit; and look out for the next stage in Paul Chaney’s post apocalypse Lizard Exit Plan with proposals for the ‘Goonhilly Sector’.

Inside the old World War II radar shelter known as The Happidrome, a diverse programme of talks and film screenings, will run all day including the first showing of Ben River’s 2016 work Urth, in Cornwall. This is also the place to find new works by James Hankey made in response to time spent at the neighbouring earth station and with the Goonhilly Heritage Society, whose members invented and built equipment there in the early days of satellite communications.

The heart of the Gathering is the temporary village green where artworks and activities will intercede. At solar noon (12.56) a special welcome ceremony devised by artist Beth Emily Richards will take place. Transient Parish, a work originally commissioned for Goonhilly Village Green in 2015 has been re-envisaged by artists Liminal to include a localised wifi network that will create a ‘transient data parish’ for the day through which the peals from their 5m high tower will echo. Rosanna Martin’s Lost Rock Library is a donation based geological resource bringing together stories, personal mythologies and geographical data, and will be offering rock permanent loans at the end of the day

The Gathering is made possible through the support of; public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund; local funding body FEAST; The Elmgrant Trust; The Ernest Cook Trust; and project partners, Natural England, Goonhilly Earth Station, Goonhilly Heritage Society, The Museum of Cornish Life, Lizard Outreach Trust and Trelowarren Estate.

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