The Falmouth Convention
  • Thursday 20 May

    The Falmouth Convention opens. The keynote for the Convention will be delivered by the distinguished American writer Lucy R. Lippard.

    Keynote: Lucy Lippard

    Imagine Being Here Now: Towards a Multicentered Exhibition Process

    6.30pm, Thursday 20 May

    Chapel Lecture Theatre, Tremough campus, University College Falmouth

    Lucy LippardLucy R. Lippard is the author of more than twenty books (including an experimental novel) on contemporary art and culture.

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    Convention Bar at The Townhouse

    7-12pm, Thursday 20 May

    Falmouth Convention bar open at the Falmouth Townhouse, Grove Place.

  • Friday 21 May

    10-5pm, Friday field trips. Each field trip will offer a different itinerary and narrative. There will be a total of six trips.

    Field Trip 1: Assembly Walk and Talk

    The landscape around St Just will be the setting for a field trip hosted by Assembly, an artist residency space in St Just.

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    Field Trip 2: Boat Party

    Lucy Gunning and Tacita Dean are venturing back to Falmouth, where they were both art students some 25 years ago (Lucy Gunning 1984-85, Tacita Dean 1987-88). Read more

    Field Trip 3: Hydroplutonic Kernow

    Described in the eighteenth century as the ‘richest square mile in the old world’, the Gwennap Mining District will be the setting for a field trip led by the Falmouth-based arts organisation Urbanomic, ‘a journey into an historical process that assembled the powers of geology, mechanics, hydraulics, mineralogy and metallurgy, salvation and combustion, steam and capital into a mighty, infernal machine that traumatised the Cornish landscape and kick-started the industrial revolution.’

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    Field Trip 4: Studios and Stones: new perspectives, new stories

    Taking the St Ives artists’ colony as a starting point, this journey will create a series of dialogues across time with the places, spaces,  stories and mythologies associated with artists in the far west of Cornwall. Read more

    Field Trip 5: TelePort – A Tour of the Lizard’s Landscape of Telecommunication

    The far end of Cornwall contains more points of contact to the rest of the world than any other place in England. Up and down the coast from Falmouth lie landing sites for the world’s submarine telecommunications cables, carrying the bulk of Internet and phone traffic to and from the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Read more

    Field Trip 6: Tristan and Iseult in Cornwall

    Jeremy Millar first became fascinated by the story of Tristan and Iseult in 1998 while writing about a film by Tacita Dean that made explicit reference to Tristan’s ‘voyage de guérison’, or healing journey. Read more

    Evening at Tate

    Evening, Friday 21 May

    Private view of Lily van der Stokker exhibition and supper hosted by Tate St Ives.

    Convention Bar at The Townhouse

    7-12pm, Friday 21 May

    Falmouth Convention bar open at The Falmouth Townhouse, Grove Place.

    Late evening at The Poly

    Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews Kader Attia

    10.30pm – 12 midnight, Friday 21st May

    The Poly, Church Street, Falmouth

    Since 1993 the celebrated curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has conducted literally hundreds of interviews – with artists, filmmakers, historians, musicians, philosophers and writers.   Read more

  • Saturday 22 May


    10am – 5.30pm, Saturday 22 May
    Lecture Theatre, Woodlane Campus, University College Falmouth

    How can the local – rooted in a sense of place and history – relate to the innovative and the international? How do artists and curators of contemporary art respond to non-urban contexts?

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    Open Studio

    6.30 – 9pm, Saturday 22 May
    The Old Lemonade Factory, Windsor Quarry, Falmouth

    Urbanomic will be welcoming delegates to investigate research materials from the Hydroplutonic Kernow field trip, along with other Urbanomic projects and publications. Read more

    Convention Bar at The Townhouse

    7-12pm, Saturday 22 May

    Falmouth Convention bar open at The Falmouth Townhouse, Grove Place.

    Evening screening at The Poly

    8.30pm – 11.30pm, Saturday 22 May
    The Poly, Church Street, Falmouth

    Annexinema is an autonomous, not-for-profit partnership, focusing on the screening and performance of visionary and experimental work in sound and the moving image. Read more

  • Sunday 23 May


    10am – 1pm, Sunday 23 May
    Lecture Theatre, Woodlane Campus, University College Falmouth

    Field trip reports and observations, discussion and summing up.

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