The Falmouth Convention, 20–23 May, Cornwall, UK

The Falmouth Convention took place last weekend (20–23 May) in and around Cornwall, UK. This three-day conference put "an emphasis on artists as participants and on exchange of views and experiences. Conceived as an international meeting of artists, curators and writers to explore the significance of time and place in relation to contemporary art and exhibition making, it will begin by examining its own locale, with field trips led by artists, curators and local experts, looking at particular geographies, histories and narratives in Cornwall." + info...

The programme opened with a keynote by renowned curator and writer Lucy Lippard titled 'Imagine Being Here Now: Towards a Multicentered Exhibition Process' and included field trips to the Gwennap Mining District
, walks along St Just, boat trips, visits to the St Ives artist colony legacy, screenings of experimental cinema, interviews, etc. + info...

On Saturday 22nd Max Andrews' of Latitudes, gave a presentation on the Rotterdam commission series 'Portscapes' to the Curatorial Practice MA students at the University College Falmouth (where he did art foundation studies in 1995).

Participating curators, writers and artists included:
Lucy R. Lippard; Max Andrews (
Latitudes); Bassam el Baroni (Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum and Manifesta 8); Xavier Douroux (Le Consortium and Nouveaux Commanditaires); Tom van Gestel (Foundation for Art and Public Space, SKOR); Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery); Solveig Øvstebø (Bergen Kunsthall); Andrzej Przwyara (Foksal Gallery Foundation); Kitty Scott (Banff Centre for the Arts), Kader Attia, Adam Chodzko, Steven Claydon, Tacita Dean, Geoffrey Farmer, Simon Fujiwara, Lucy Gunning, Jeremy Millar, Paulina Olowska, Steven Rowell.

The Convention has been developed in response to a series of forums and conversations held in 2009 between artists, curators and writers based in Cornwall to consider a bid to host the international exhibition Manifesta in Cornwall in 2014. The Convention was convened by the independent curator Teresa Gleadowe, coordinated by ProjectBase, hosted by University College Falmouth and supported by Arts Council England, South West.

Photos: Latitudes | www.lttds.org




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