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Local Artist Peter Ward’s Art Workshops On Display For St. Piran’s Day

1st March 2022 by Imogen in Blog

Environmental artist Peter Ward is leading a series of public art workshops, and the fantastic results will be on display at our Perranporth art gallery. Livingstone St. Ives art gallery is thrilled to be taking part in this amazing project, exploring the unique ecology of Penhale Dunes and their links to the legend of St Piran.

St Piran’s Oratory can be seen at Penhale Dunes, where it was previously completed buried by sand

In conjunction with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, four workshopswill explore the geology, ecology and history of Penhale Dunes through time, via the story of Saint Piran. Groups will participate through observational drawing, sensitive foraging and imaginative experience of this ‘dynamic dunescape’, and then be invited to express what they have learnt through simple paintings and drawings, using paint made from Cornish earth pigments. Then the works will be exhibited to coincide with St Piran’s Day on 5th March 2022.

Artist Peter Ward said “Thanks to its diverse geology and rich cultural heritage, Cornwall offers a fantastic range of earth colours and many myths and legends engendered within the landscape. So, while earth pigments and local stories are unique to an area, they also offer a unifying anthropological reflection of the art of earth cultures around the world. In this age of ecological uncertainty, the importance of understanding and better connection to the places we live and the expression of our indigenous identity could not be more relevant. Our project with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Dynamic Dunescapes project offers a great opportunity to do just this.”

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s People Engagement Officer Andy Nelson said “As part of the Dynamic Dunescapes project, we are giving grants to artists who have ideas for community projects that will increase public interest in one of the most threatened habitats in Europe: sand dunes. We hope that through these small-scale but meaningful projects, people will gain an appreciation of these wonderful habitats and, in turn, help to keep them special in the long-term.”

The artworks created by the groups will be on display at Livingstone St. Ives gallery in Perranporth. Gallery director Alicia Livingstone said “The Cornish landscape has been an inspiration to artists for centuries and we’re delighted to help preserve this unique part of it. We can’t wait to display these artworks drawing on the history and the ecology of the dunes, which have always been a space of spiritual reflection as well as a place to engage with nature. We’re honoured to support this project’s aims of community engagement and the idea that art is for everyone to create, enjoy and share with others.”

You can hear an interview with Andy Nelson on BBC Radio Cornwall here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0bmnwdb (skip to 16.53 for the interview!)

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