CAST | The Cornwall Workshop

The Cornwall Workshop 2016 at Kestle Barton – 11 to 18 March 2016

The closing date for applications for the third Cornwall Workshop is approaching fast. The Workshop will be led by acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, Ben Rivers (b.1972, Somerset) and is organised by the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST) in partnership with LUX, the national agency that supports and promotes artists working with the moving image.

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Applicants must complete the downloadable application form and return it by email, attached as a Word document or PDF, no later than 5pm on Friday 5 February 2016 to

The Cornwall Workshop is a weeklong intensive residential workshop for artists, filmmakers, curators and writers based in the South West. It is hosted by the Kestle Barton Trust in an award-winning conversion of an ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford River. Aspects of the programme will take place at the CAST building in Helston.

The workshop programme will expand upon key themes explored in Ben Rivers’s work: from the concept of ‘edgelands’ and his interest in the physical and conceptual borders of society to portraiture and ethnography. Rivers’s practice treads the line between documentary and fiction and his camera often turns to individuals and communities who have in some way retreated from society. He typically spends weeks, often months, with the people he films, using the resulting raw footage as a starting point for his exploratory visions of alternative existences in marginal worlds.
Rivers works almost entirely self-sufficiently, shooting on 16mm stock using a wind-up camera and processing his films by hand. The programme will include a day-long practical workshop where participants will learn the basics of artisanal 16mm production, from working with a Bolex camera to hand-processing. Communal walks, daily screenings and discussions will also feature amongst other activities during the week.

Who can apply?
The workshop is designed to provide opportunities for artists and filmmakers, curators and writers, who are resident in Cornwall and the South West and have an interest in working with the moving image. Previous experience in filmmaking is not essential, but applicants should be able to demonstrate why they are interested in exploring the medium of film.

Candidates from outside the region may apply if they have a special interest in and relationship with the South West and have knowledge and experience that could be of particular benefit to the workshop discussion. The workshop will accommodate ten participants selected from the open call and a small number of invited international participants. This year’s selection panel includes Teresa Gleadowe, independent curator and writer; Ben Rivers, artist and filmmaker; and LUX. LUX’s contribution to The Cornwall Workshop is presented as part of an organisational residency at Tate St Ives during March and April 2016.

The Cornwall Workshop is supported by CAST, Kestle Barton Trust, Tate St Ives, Visual Arts South West, Plymouth College of Art, Creative Skills and Falmouth University, with additional support from the Polish Cultural Institute, London and Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como.

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