Ideas that are central to the Groundwork programme were gathered through conversations with artists and curators at residential workshops held at Kestle Barton on the Lizard peninsula since 2011.

Artists standing on a beach

Participants on a silent walk during a residential workshop led by Ruth Ewan in October 2016. The workshop focused on the development of artist-led field trips.

Image: Melanie Stidolph, 2016

Open air grass amphitheatre

Participants in the Cornwall Workshop 2016 visit Gwennap Pit, an open air amphitheatre near Redruth

Image: courtesy Melanie Stidolph, 2016

People crossing a lane and walking into a field

Workshop participants walk the 'edge lands' of Helston, led by Paul Farley as part of The Cornwall Workshop 2016 with Ben Rivers

Image: Richard Broomhall, 2016

Led by artists Mark Dion (2011), Simon Starling and Hamish Fulton (2013), Ben Rivers (March 2016) and Ruth Ewan (October 2016), some have been organised through an open call and selection, and some have been more informal – providing an arena for open discussion and development of ideas. The Groundwork programme of workshops concluded in October 2017 with the Cornwall Workshop, led by artist Christina Mackie.

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