The Falmouth Convention - record


Keynote: Iain Boal

Drawn from Nature: Extraction, Commodity and Commons

Given in the Methodist Church on Chapel Street in Penzance, Iain Boal’s keynote compared Cornwall and the northern California littoral as zones of extraction. It traced the legacies – environmental and social – of mining and fishing considered as industries tied into a globalised market, by drawing out the paradoxes of depletion and sustainability, of tourism and the heritage industry, of regional autonomy and centralised subsidy, of lived reality and the mythos of the far West. Read More

Conference Presentations: Video Recordings

Conference proceedings at The Exchange on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May were filmed by Rosanna Catterall and James Kelly, with the support of University College Falmouth.

Edited by James Kelly. Read More

South Crofty & CSM Test Mine

This field trip included visits to Carn Brea for an overview of the surface expression of historical mineral extraction between Redruth and Camborne; the surface workings at South Crofty, the last tin mine to cease production in 1998; the newly opened Heartlands ‘cultural playground’; and the underground workings of the Camborne School of Mines Test Mine, near Camborne. Artist Abigail Reynolds responds.

Field trip led by Robin Shail of Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. Read More

Great Condurrow Mine

Artist Lucy Gunning reflects on this field trip, which included an exploration of the upper levels of Great Condurrow, an eighteenth-century tin/copper mine, and visits to King Edward Mine and to the Analytical Lab at Camborne School of Mines.

Field trip led by Sam Hughes of Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. Read More

The Invisibles

Artist Hadrian Pigott led this field trip with Marcus Perry of the St Just Mines Research Group. It started with an exploration of the spoil tips of Botallack on the north coast of the Penwith peninsula, where the uranium ore pitchblende was once mined, and included a visit to Rosevale Mine, led by Tony Bennett. The field trip group included scientists from Camborne School of Mines and the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, who are working on the occurrence, distribution and effects of radon gas.

In his presentation at the Convention Hadrian Pigott gave an account of the field trip and went on to talk about the history of uranium, pitchblende and radium, and the extraction of these substances in Cornwall. His text is published here, with the images included in his presentation. Read More

The Story of NPK

Falmouth-based writer Jo Thomas participated in this field trip, which traced the history of Cornwall’s agricultural industry through the landscape, visiting examples of Iron Age, Medieval, Pre-Industrial, and contemporary farming. The field trip was led by artist Paul Chaney and researcher Kenna Hernly, founders of FIELDCLUB, a collaborative art research project that investigates hypothetical, and at times post-apocalyptic, models of future land use and food production. Read More

Extracting Creativity

Described by Andrew Lanyon as an exercise in ‘streaming and open cast as opposed to deep mining of the imagination’, this workshop grew out of his continuing experimentation with ways of accessing inventiveness. The workshop was held in Alice Mumford’s studio-barn in Canonstown, near Hayle, and offered opportunities to make books and watch films. Amongst the participants were a group of seven Year 10 students from St Ives School, with their teacher Gizela Daemi-Rashidi.  Andrew Lanyon provided the following account of the workshop. Photographs by Maria Christoforidou and Gizela Daemi-Rashidi. Read More

Newlyn Fishing Industry

This field trip started with an early morning visit to the fish auction at Newlyn, led by Nick Howell, owner of The Pilchard Works, followed by breakfast in the Seamen’s Mission. The walk from Newlyn to Mousehole was led by Iain Boal, joined by a number of knowledgeable local residents along the way. Photographs by Chris Jones, captions by Hadrian Pigott. Read More

Coast to Coast

This field trip offered a 10-mile walk led by artist Billy Wynter and National Trust Countryside Manager and history enthusiast Jon Brookes. Photographs by Jane Robinson, introduction and captions by Billy Wynter. Read More