MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh






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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh (Mussel Gathering | Precious Fragments) is an expanded sculpture project taking place in Redruth, Cornwall, between June & October 2022. 

This multi-platform art work uses sculpture and conversation to explore contemporary Cornish cultural identity & its relationship with heritage, land and extraction industries, to include tourism.

Through podcasts, conversation and sculpture-making I will actively engage with people, seeking and recording their views on identity and Cornwall, and how what we discuss relates to broader contexts - historically, nationally and globally.

These discussions will be woven into a final sculptural installation that will be exhibited in Redruth during October 2022.

Forthcoming workshops:

Rubbish Sculpture & Conversation for Redruth Celtic Pride  with Lowender Peran 
Free Drop-in Session | 1pm - 4pm Sat 25 June 2022
The Art Room, The Art Room, Knights Arcade, Fore St, Redruth TR15 2BP

Rubbish Sculpture & Conversation in Market Hall
Free Drop-in Session | 11am - 3pm Sat 13th August 2022 

Market Hall, Redruth




MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh is my most ambitious project to date. I am employing the skills of a number of talented local and national specialists, who will support me to  deliver  the project and grow my skills so that I can deliver further ambitious projects in the future.

Conversations are vital to this project, and will take place throughout. Issues of authenticity, fractured culture, the links between identity, land and labour, indigeneity, language and intangible culture, will be considered through the different elements of the project.

The project will include:
  • 24 sculpture-making & conversation workshops taking place across Redruth
  • a series of in-conversation podcasts
  • a concluding live in-conversation with invited speakers and audience participation at Kresen Kernow, in partnership with Lowender Peran Festival
  • an exhibition at Krowji, Cornwall's largest creative hub, Redruth

The workshops will take place across different venues throughout Redruth. Some will be drop-in, some dedicated to specific community groups. Participants will make small sculptural objects from waste material, such as old packaging and repurposed cloth. Alongside the making, there will be conversation around the themes of the project, the ideas that are raised in the podcasts and our views and thoughts on Cornish cultural identity.

The podcasts will see conversations among speakers whose research or lived experienced touches on the project themes. Confirmed guests include: Dr Stephanie Pratt ; Angeline Morrison; Angela Piccini and Kayle Brandon; Amanprit Sandhu, and Jowdy Davey of the Lowender Peran festival & Gorsedh Kernow. They'll be available via standard podcast platforms and through a dedicated webpage for the project.

The final public exhibition will present what is discovered, together with the objects made at the workshops, in a large sculptural installation. When the exhibition closes contributors will be invited to take a fragment of the sculpture home if they wish, before the installation is dismantled and reused or recycled.

Over the last weekend of the exhibition, and as a point of conclusion, there will be a public in-conversation on Saturday 29th October with an invited panel including oral history, place and nation researcher Dr Shelley Trower, and Angeline Morrison, chaired by Dr Angela Piccini of Association of the Unknown Shore and BuTCH/*.

Legacy: Independent queer arts & heritage consultancy ButCH/* https://37looestreet.org/butch/ will formatively evaluate the project and a limited edition of small palm-sized pocket sculptures will be cast from reclaimed copper and offered, on a first-come-first-served basis, to those who've contributed to the sculptural exhibition, creating a physical legacy, and reminder of the shared conversations.

Contributors will be included in a legacy document, produced with BuTCH/*, mapping the journey of the pocket-sculptures. 

To continue the discussions of MESKLA I will produce a small artist’s publication of a Cornish/English phrase book of words, terms and questions collected during the podcasts and workshops. This will be available for purchase at the close of the project.



WHY MESKLA?

I am Cornish and care passionately about Cornish identity and culture, but I want to find out what others in Cornwall think & feel about this too.  I've developed MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh to specifically do this.

Cornwall is England's only National Minority, a Celtic nation with an indigenous language, and historic networks that reach out to sea, but how does this relate to the contemporary identity of people who live and work here now.

MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh has grown out of my experiences as a Cornish person and my previous work that has spoken about contemporary Cornish experience. In the early 1990s I co-founded Pennskol Kernow the campaign for a university in Cornwall, at that time I was also working with a group of fellow young women to set-up Truro Young Women’s Centre, a project aimed at supporting women between the ages of 16 & 23 who were experiencing homelessness. Through this work I was able to take part in the first Racial Equality Council conference at Cornwall County Hall to listen and think more expansively about cultural identity around the UK and globally.

More recently, in 2019, I co-produced Common Place: Art, Community & Social Change with Tonia Lu of Cultivator Cornwall. This symposium took place at Murdoch House in Redruth and looked at the relationship between art and gentrification. Following on from that symposium I want to create an art project that will involve a broad range of voices from all different parts of Cornish society. I want to locate it in Redruth because it is a town that I have a long relationship with, from childhood through to adult work life. So I have developed MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh.




Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Funding also gratefully received from Redruth Unlimited, further generous support to help realise the project is given by Ellie Allen of Splann, Jowdy Davey & Lowender Peran, Falmouth University Falmouth Campus, Kresen Kernow, Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek, Gorsedh Kernow, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, Kath Buckler, Alice Mahoney & CMR, ButCH/*, and Cornwall Council Cornish Language Office.


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