PLAY­ING WITH CLAY

Cornwall Life - - FRONT PAGE -

Corn­wall’s ex­tra­or­di­nary clay min­ing land­scape is a zone of rapid trans­for­ma­tion, which will con­tinue to evolve and change in the fu­ture. Hu­man ef­forts com­bine with nat­u­ral pro­cesses in sculpt­ing and chang­ing this unique land­scape.

En­vi­ron­men­tal artist Antony Lyons spent his sum­mer as artistin-res­i­dence at Wheal Mar­tyn near St Austell. He is also work­ing with mu­si­cian Adrian Ut­ley - the com­poser and gui­tarist for the band Por­tishead - to de­velop new video-sonic art­works for dis­play at the mu­seum over this sum­mer and into the au­tumn.

Mid-Corn­wall’s china clay coun­try has seen many changes over the past sev­eral hun­dred years. Min­ing has left enor­mous ar­ti­fi­cial hills, once known as the Cor­nish Alps, in the area near St Austell. The this month there will be pre­sen­ta­tion of films, sculp­tural in­stal­la­tions and print­works rais­ing ques­tions about de­cay and de­cline, as well as re­growth and re­newal.

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