Down There Among the Roots features the sound recordings of BAFTA award-winning Chris Watson, and the site-specific clay installations of recent V & A artist-in-residence Phoebe Cummings.

Through the exhibition both artists investigate the passage of time in relation to specific
geographical locations; revealing aural and visual elements that are often overlooked.

The lower gallery space will be filled with the haunting sounds of Chris Watson’s recordings of telegraph wires, sounds which were captured by burying equipment below the ground. The room will be dark except for a spotlight illuminating Phoebe Cummings’ miniature landscape, intricately crafted by the artist from un-fired clay.

The upper gallery’s light, airy space has influenced the second of Phoebe’s specially
commissioned pieces. This will be a large, clay installation comprised of exquisite small scenes and life-size fragments informed by details from the Cornish landscape, such as satellite dishes and palms. Alongside this will be Chris’ second piece, recorded in the air, which will create an immersive acoustic environment. The exhibition culminates in The Studio cafe which will be filled with telecommunication artefacts and books that shed light on some of the inspirations behind the work.

Co-curated by students from MA Curatorial Practice at University College Falmouth (UCF), this is the third year of a successful collaboration with Newlyn Art Gallery. As Blair Todd, Exhibitions Curator/Deputy Director at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange says: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the MA Curatorial Practice course at UCF. This is the third year of tutoring, mentoring and assisting the students to realise a public exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery. Down There Among the Roots proves again the commitment and ambition of both the course and the gallery to bring the best of national contemporary art to the region.”

Newlyn Art Gallery
Newlyn Art Gallery first opened in 1895. It has a history of developing significant contemporary art projects by international, national and regional artists in all media. Over the past 20 years the level of ambition within the organisation has increased significantly, to the point where the gallery consistently delivers nationally important programmes of exhibitions and education projects, with opportunities for young and emerging artists.
In 2007, Newlyn Art Gallery reopened after refurbishment and an extension and launched a second larger venue, The Exchange, in the centre of Penzance.

University College Falmouth
UCF is the only independent Higher Education institution in Cornwall with the power to award degrees in its own name. It has two campuses in Cornwall – in Woodlane, Falmouth and Tremough, Penryn (which it owns, and jointly manages with the University of Exeter).
The University College is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education, funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One and Convergence), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall Council.

MA Curatorial Practice

This is the third year of what is proving to be a successful and popular course. “Working closely with our partner organisations gives students a range of professional contexts within which to test their ideas, and provides them with very real opportunities to gain invaluable professional experience and to acquire curatorial knowledge through practice,” says Kate Southworth, award leader at UCF.

MA Curatorial Practice is delivered in collaboration with three main partners – Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Tate St Ives, and visual arts commissioning agency ProjectBase – to provide opportunities for the students to develop the critical and practical skills required for curating in the field of international contemporary art. The partner organisations, all of whom have regional, national and international profiles, have offered the students the experience of the curatorial role within the different contexts of a national museum, a publicly-funded gallery and a visual arts commissioning agency.

For further information about MA Curatorial Practice at University College Falmouth visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/curatorialpractice, email admissions@falmouth.ac.uk or telephone Admissions on 01326 213739
For further information about MA Curatorial Practice students please contact: ucfcuratorialpractice@gmail.co.uk


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s