And Everything And Nothing Has Changed

An 8 month public engagement project in the heart of the China Clay County by Queer artist and ceramicist Robin Sullivan. Focused on the destruction and reformation of 70km of land, it’s uses, communities and culture over millennia and into the future. Collaborating with archaeologists, museums, arts festivals, and community groups to produce a project that actively engages diverse groups from Cornwall’s China Clay district to unite, share and celebrate together.

The project kicks off with a Public field trip with archaeologist Peter Herring to connect people to the areas history and each other. Holding conversations around land use throughout millenia, how people and culture shape the land and the land shapes people and culture; the concept of a taskscape. This Field trip and subsequent interviews will be produced into a captioned documentary, as a lasting legacy increasing accessibility. 

Pit to Port Tours from Wheal Martyn Museum will give greater context to the material that has carved through the landscape and lives of the community for 250 years. From the clay pits, we will travel by 4x4 through the landscape, into the manufacturing plants and down the private clay roads to the Docks. Here we will here from local Botanists alongside Artist Robin Sullivan about the 628 non native flowering plants and ferns introduced accidently during the industries history.  

A 2.5m China Clay Monolith, will be built with the local community at a purpose build site at the base of the Iconic Sky Tip over 4 weeks. Bringing communities together to hold meaningful conversations, produce space for capacity building, knowledge exchange and creative expression. 

The site will be transformed into a temporary art space called Performance Pit. with 5x5m scaffold building, shipping container, portaloo and access facilities. Alongside the planned workshops, this site will also be opened up to local theatre makers, helping tackle the lack of venues and funding in cornwall as an affect of covid 19. 

This site will also act as a hub, a starting point for other walks, talks, symposiums and dinners. 

The collaboratively built Sculpture will be fired at a Public Live Art performative event at the Sky Tip site over the August Bank Holiday, an evening of fire music and fun!    A 4.5m high wood fired Kiln will be made with local art and design students at Cornwall College as part of Cultivator Cornwalls project, connecting creative and cultural leaders with Students. 

This event is a celebration, bringing together local communities from some of the most deprived areas of cornwall. Working closely with community link officers, cultural institutions, organisations and local community groups to create a meeting point, bridging the gap between land divisions and communities, a place to share knowledge and celebrate together, Inspired by the use and history of standing stones, specifically those lost through mining expansion in the area.

The sculpture will then be exhibited locally at White Gold Festival, and Wheal Martyn Museum.

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