Venue: Helston Museum, Market Pl, Cornwall TR13 8TH.
Dates: 03 - 26 October. Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.
Venue: Lumen Crypt Gallery, The Crypt, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Date: 8 - 10 November 12-6pm.
Opening Party Thursday 07 November 2019.
Greta Rae Gillham
These exhibitions are a culmination of works from artists who attended a unique residency at YHA Lizard Point, Cornwall, the most southerly point in the UK. This residency took place in March 2019.
This residency was set up to help like-minded artists from multi-disciplines develop their practice in a relaxed, yet productive environment. Lizard Point, overlooking the Atlantic, benefits from natural darkness, natural beauty and is a great spot for viewing the Moon, stars and meteor showers. Staying on site, next door to the famous Lizard Lighthouse, artists had the opportunity to create works responding to the variety of astronomical sights found there, as well as be inspired by the incredible communication heritage along this very special part of the SW coastal path.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
This residency was inspired by an incredible communications double anniversary in 2019, for Lizard Lighthouse (400 years) and Goonhilly Earth Station (50 years: transmission of the first lunar landings), considering the importance of life-saving lighthouse beacons and internationally important transmissions across the sea and sky. We visited wireless and semaphore stations along the Lizard coastal path, considering the Scilly Isles 30 miles out to sea and the important prehistoric menhirs offering ‘beacons’ for travel & procession across the land.
We partnered with the National Trust and heard from our National Trust heritage expert, Rachel Holder about the special communications heritage along this coastline (Marconi etc). Carolyn Kennett, astroarchaeology/astrophysics expert shared her local astroarchaeology research and understanding of the night skies with us.