Seeing the Landscape
Penwith Landscape Partnership with the support of external contractors Mayes Creative and Sue Kinley
Promoting and encouraging the interpretation and appreciation of the Penwith landscape through arts and culture
Gweles an Tirwedh or Seeing the Landscape worked with Penwith communities to celebrate its cultural identity; and to record and celebrate the Penwith landscape through art and creativity. Penwith has a unique fusion of language, heritage and landscape which has inspired artists and writers for hundreds of years. Today the landscape is still an inspiration to many, and numerous community events and festivals have strong connections with Penwith’s distinctive social and cultural history.
As well as supporting PLP participation in external events such as the Penwith Green Fair and St Buryan Rally; Seeing the Landscape funded a number of workshops led by local artists focused around different areas of the Penwith landscape, supported local schoolchildren in sharing the landscape through their eyes, ran competitions and events where those inspired by Penwith could share their work, and participated in exhibition to share and celebrate Penwith through creativity.
Specific outputs included:
- Working with children from Mousehole School and volunteer Lynne Jones to support a visit to Sancreed Beacon, allowing the children to photograph what they like on the site. Subsequently the children chose their favourite images and shared these, and messages to politicians, in an exhibition in the Solomon Browne Hall in Mousehole. Learn more about this work and view the children's images here.
- Family art workshops led by Sue Kinley that allowed local expert artists and beginners alike explore aspects of the Penwith landscape through creativity.
- Walks in the Penwith landscape for local artists led by Mayes Creative, culminating in an exhibition of their work as a result in Sancreed.
- Competitions based around Penwith's Outstanding dark skies, Cornish Hedges, and the Tinners' Way Ancient trackway.
- Our Seeing the Landscape: Perspectives of Penwith exhibition held in the Miner's Chapel in St Just during August 2022. This showcased art from all areas of the project, including the work of artists Amanda Richardson and Sara Bevan as a result of a commission to creatively record a Year of a Cornish Hedge. The exhibition was visited by over 800 people.
This project was led by our Digital and Communications Officer with activities in the project managed by external contractors Mayes Creative and Sue Kinley.
For more details of our work with art in Penwith, including art activities to complete at home, visit our Art and Activities page