AFFINITY//SOURCE FUNDING//ESTHER DUDLEY

AN EXHIBITION CALLED
TERRAIN

BACKGROUND

‘Terrain’, an exhibition that I curated at The Royal Cornwall Museum, brought together the work of four artists inspired by the geology of Cornwall and the mineral sites. 

 

 

ESTHER DUDLEY//LECTURER IN DESIGN HISTORY


Project description
‘Terrain’, an exhibition that I curated at The Royal Cornwall Museum, brought together the work of four artists inspired by the geology of Cornwall and the mineral sites. The artists were Lark Han, painter from the Liskeard area; Jenny Bevan, a ceramicist who makes a beautiful series of work; Adam Pedley, a photographer with a collection of photographs from the area that he was bought up in, the clay country as well as the coast; and Paul Jackson, a potter who uses beautiful earthy colours and pots that are horizontal, long and flow. 

How the Affinity funding supported the project
My own focus has shifted from writing about design to actually bringing art and design out in to the public and finding an audience for what I consider to be interesting projects. The funding supported the design and production costs of the promotion materials for the exhibition.

The outcomes of the project
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site became a supporter and partner of the exhibition, along with the Royal Cornwall Museum and Cornwall County Council.

Subsequently I have been invited to become a trustee of The Cornwall Craft Association and to curate the ‘Red, The Other Clay’  an annual summer exhibition at Trelowarren Gallery, Helston from June to August 2015.

The highlights of the project
The Royal Cornwall Museum was the perfect location for the ‘Terrain’ exhibition because it tied together science and art, and showed wonderfully artistic interpretation and inspiration. I think it was a valuable exhibition from an educational point of view as visitors could view the Museum’s permanent collection of minerals and then view ‘Terrain’, combining the experience of understanding mineralogy and the geology of Cornwall and seeing it through the interpretations of four artists.