Community Programme

From February to April 2019 our artists ran series of free talks and workshops for all ages in local community venues.



Talks evening
Lambeage Hall, Coverack

Founding artist Sara Bowler introduced the Goonhilly Village Green project, Robin Ridge from Goonhilly Heritage Society spoke about the satellites’ communications history and Naomi Stratton, from Natural England, shared her knowledge of the Downs.

Photo: Amy Brocklehurst



In Conversation
Trelowarren Estate, Garras

Sir Ferrers Vyvyan of Trelowarren introduced aspects of the Estate’s history and future, Misha Curson spoke about Eden Project’s contemporary art programme and artist Sara Bowler introduced the new work she is developing in response to the Estate. This was followed by a discussion about ways of exploring landscape and history through contemporary art.

Photo: Sara Bowler



Afternoon talk
The Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

Artist Beth Emily Richards was commissioned to work at The Museum of Cornish Life to create a performance which took place at The Gathering. In this talk, Beth discussed her research and work on the commission. She was joined by the Museum’s Director, Annette MacTavish and folklorist, Steve Patterson, who shared specialist knowledge of the local heritage and customs that have inspired her.

Photo: Beth Emily Richards


Creative Writing Workshops
The Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

Stories for a long time ago. Stories for the far distant future. Stories for a long way away. Authorial Illustrator Phyllida Bluemel invited participants to bring their Goonhilly tales and unearth new secrets with their imagination to write new myths for faraway civilisations.

Photo: Sara Bowler


Visualising Waveforms Workshop
The Happidrome, Natural England Site, Goonhilly Downs

This hands-on workshop explored making the invisible visible. Robin Ridge from Goonhilly Heritage Society introduced how waves are used at Satellite Earth Stations, while artist, James Hankey, led a series of experiments with everyday objects to visualise how electromagnetic waves form, function, and fill the sky. Participants created their own waves, capturing their forms using long exposure photography and took home a unique darkroom print.

Photo:Mark Whenman


Camera Obscura Workshop
Trelowarren & Goonhilly Downs

Led by artist Oliver Raymond Barker, the workshop gave 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.

Photo & header photo: Oliver Raymond-Barker