Professional Development

Tamsin Dillon leads a seminar at CAST in November 2017

Curator speaking at a lecturn in front of a projection screen

Catherine Wood speaking at The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, Falmouth University, June 2017

James Lingwood leads a seminar discussion at CAST in March 2018

The Groundwork learning programme includes a series of half-day seminars at which visiting arts professionals talk informally, sharing experience and expertise with the Groundwork team and staff from partner organisations, as well as with arts professionals from across Cornwall and the South West.

Seminars take the form of round-table discussions. A collegiate format enables discussions to be unusually honest and cross-disciplinary – addressing the challenges of programming and delivering ambitious projects in varying contexts and conditions.

Groundwork has invited project directors, curators and managers working locally, nationally and internationally to lead sessions, including Charlotte Bond, General Manager of Kneehigh and Director of Kneehigh Rambles, Elizabeth Graham, Artist Development Curator at UP Projects, Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of International Art at Tate Modern,Tamsin Dillon, curator of 1418-NOW, co-curator of the King’s Cross Project and previously Director of Art on the Underground, and James Lingwood, curator and co-director of Artangel.

During her visit to Cornwall in June 2017, Catherine Wood gave a public lecture, discussing her work with choreography and performance. The Dancing Museum: Choreography and Performance at Tate Modern was organised by CAST as part of Groundwork and hosted by the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts at Falmouth University. Listen to a recording of Catherine’s lecture in Record.

‘Great atmosphere and lots of open-ended questioning’

‘The informality and openness to conversations and thinking from people from a wide variety of backgrounds was so valuable’

‘So great to be fed by others’ learning and experience, to think about challenges that cross sectors, and to be asked to reflect and think deeply’

‘Very interesting to see and learn about Tamsin Dillon’s curatorial strategies and practice. From a personal perspective I am interested in processes of co-commissioning so this was of particular importance to hear about’

Groundwork professional development seminars are delivered in partnership with Cultivator, supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

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