PLAYING WITH CLAY
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.