Village Green Society Lectures & Workshops

Our free programme will run in locations on and around the Lizard from 5th Feb – 30th April.

Upcoming Events —————————————————————

Afternoon Talk, Tuesday 2nd April, 14.00 – 15.00, The Museum of Cornish Life, Helston
Artist Beth Emily Richards has been commissioned to work The Museum of Cornish Life to create a performance which will take place at The Gathering on 18th May. Beth will discuss her research and work towards this commission and will be joined by invited speakers who will share specialist knowledge of the local heritage and customs that have inspired her.

Camera Obscura Workshop, Saturday 27th April, 10.00 – 16.30, Trelowarren & Goonhilly Downs
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. Booking essential, click here to reserve your free place

Past Events ————————————————————————-

Visualising Wave Forms Workshop, Saturday 23rd March, 9.30 – 12.00, The Happidrome, Natural England Site, Goonhilly Downs

Led by artist James Hankey, this hands-on workshop will explore making the invisible visible. It will take place in the Happidrome, a secret WW2 radar bunker on Goonhilly Downs and will open with an introduction from Robin Ridge of Goonhilly Heritage Society. Booking essential, click here to reserve your free place.

In Conversation, Thursday 7th March, 19.00 – 20.30, Trelowarren Estate, Garras
Ferrers Vyvyan of Trelowarren introduces the history of the Estate, Misha Curson will speak about The Eden Project’s contemporary art commissioning programme and Artist Sara Bowler will introduce the new work she is developing in response to the Trelowarren Estate. Followed by a discussion about the possibilities for exploring landscapes and history through contemporary art.

Booking essential, click here to reserve your free place

Creative Writing Workshops, Saturday 16th February, 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 invites you to bring your Goonhilly tales, or unearth new secrets with your imagination to write new myths for faraway civilisations.

Family Workshop, morning workshop
What would you say to a time traveller? What would you show an alien visitor? What will museum labels say in 5000AD? Learn what happens when a Neolithic stone has a conversation with a satellite and a Post Office opens in space. Trace and translate wiggling radio waves and messages in morse. Create alphabets for aliens and codes for keeping in touch: a morning of cosmic creative writing, inspired by Goonhilly Downs.

16+ Workshop, afternoon workshop
What are the messages we leave behind? Bring your Goonhilly stories and anecdotes to contribute to the Goonhilly Chronicle (a parish newsletter for our local galaxy). Whether historical, personal, second-hand or sheer conspiracy; from the downs to deep space, ancient times to anticipated futures – we want them all. Embracing the area’s many-layered history of communication, we’ll play language games, imagining future and faraway languages, and digging up stories hidden beneath the heath (and in the stars).

Lecture Evening, 5th February, 19.00 – 20.30, Lambeage Hall, Coverack
Founding artist Sara Bowler will introduce the Goonhilly Village Green project, Robin Ridge from Goonhilly Heritage Society will speak about the satellite communications history and Naomi Stratton from Natural England will share her knowledge of the Downs.