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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 Free Drop-in workshops:

Sat 13th August 11am - 3pm | Market Hall, Redruth

Sat 20th August 11am - 3pm | Market Hall, Redruth



MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

About MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh video
Conversations are vital to MESKLA, and will take place throughout considering issues of authenticity, fractured culture, the links between identity, land and labour, indigeneity, language and intangible culture.

- 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.

- 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.

- Exhibition: 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.

- Symposium: 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.



Sovay on Carn Brea, credit: John Hersey Studio Sovay on Carn Brea 
Photo credit: John Hersey Studio
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 chose to locate it in Redruth because it is a town that I have a long relationship with, from childhood through to adult work life.


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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