Image: courtesy Robin Dowell

Tywarnhayle mine

Field Trip | A tour of the monuments

Monday 7 May, 11am - 3pm

Meeting point: Chapel Porth, St Agnes

Deeply scarred by copper mining, the area around Tywarnhayle mine, near Porthtowan, is rich in industrial remains. This field trip, led by artists Robin Dowell and James Fergusson, sets out to develop an enhanced understanding or reading of the area – a collaborative cultivation of deep topography through the consideration of historical, ecological and cultural perspectives.

The route is approximately six and a half miles and the walk will take about four hours. The terrain is varied and participants will need to be physically able, with suitable clothing and footwear. Participants should bring a packed lunch.

To book a free place email: [email protected]

Field trips will take place at intervals throughout the summer, exploring a particular terrain, history or set of ideas and bringing together participants from a range of disciplines. Opportunities to join field trips will be announced through newsletters and on the website.


Robin Dowell

Robin Dowell is a Cornwall-based artist and educator working predominantly with sculpture and installation. Much of his practice considers or employs the journey on foot. Current work addresses land use as a metaphor for our relationship with each other, with particular concerns including environment, political extremism, migration and displacement. Recent projects include: artist-in-residence at Back Lane West, Redruth (2017); Inland Art Festival, Redruth (2016); All in One, Chiari (2016).

James Fergusson
James Fergusson is an artist and ecologist based in Cornwall. His current practice focuses on the production and presentation of anonymous interventions in non-art contexts to unsuspecting recipients, and the placement of devices for ecological improvement throughout the south west. These are acts of rebalance.

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