Friday 18 May

Newlyn fish auction

7am, Friday 18 May

Early risers meet Nick Howell by the Seamen’s mission, round the back of the green painted newsagents shed and the War Memorial. In case of problems phone Nick Howell: 07809609545


8.45-9.45am, Friday 18 May
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance

The Exchange will be open before the field trips for delegates who have not already registered.

Field Trips

9am – 5pm, Friday 18 May

From 9am buses depart from Penzance Bus Station (in front of the train station). Buses return delegates to Penzance Bus Station (in front of the train station) by 5pm.

Field trips led by Camborne School of Mines

Experts from Camborne School of Mines will lead field trips exploring aspects of Cornwall’s mineral mining history and current mining aspirations, including rare opportunities to visit disused mine workings and to learn about state-of-the-art technologies of extraction.

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The Invisibles

Artist Hadrian Pigott led this field trip with Marcus Perry of the St Just Mines Research Group. It started with an exploration of the spoil tips of Botallack on the north coast of the Penwith peninsula, where the uranium ore pitchblende was once mined, and included a visit to Rosevale Mine, led by Tony Bennett. The field trip group included scientists from Camborne School of Mines and the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, who are working on the occurrence, distribution and effects of radon gas.

In his presentation at the Convention Hadrian Pigott gave an account of the field trip and went on to talk about the history of uranium, pitchblende and radium, and the extraction of these substances in Cornwall. His text is published here, with the images included in his presentation.

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The Story of NPK: Agriculture as Extraction

Beginning with the sun’s eternally extravagant glare beating down on the hunter gatherer’s primeval forest, and concluding with computerised food production systems dependent on globally sourced synthetic inputs, The Story of NPK: Agriculture as Extraction with Paul Chaney and Kenna Hernly of FIELDCLUB offers ‘a mind-boggling agrosophical examination revealing the changing dynamic of extraction in agricultural techniques from prehistory until today.’

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Extracting Creativity, workshop with Andrew Lanyon

Described by Andrew Lanyon as an exercise in ‘streaming and open cast as opposed to deep mining of the imagination’, this workshop grows out of his continuing experimentation with ways of accessing the imagination.

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Newlyn Fishing Industry – Stories of Extraction

For early risers this field trip starts at 7am with a visit to the fish auction at Newlyn, Penzance’s neighbour on Mounts Bay, followed by breakfast at the Fishermen’s Mission. Delegates who are going on to participate in other field trips are welcome to join this part of the tour, and those who just can’t get up for 7am can join the field trip after 9am.

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Coast to coast

For keen walkers this field trip offers a 10-mile walk from Gurnard’s Head to The Cornish Riviera via Love Lane and other places of interest, led by artist Billy Wynter and National Trust Countryside Manager and history enthusiast John Brookes.

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Delegates Dinner

6.30pm, Friday 18 May
Refectory of Penwith College

Dinner prepared by students on the catering course.

Private View at Tate St Ives

Evening, Friday 18 May

8pm Buses depart from Penwith College after dinner to take delegates to Private View of the Alex Katz exhibition at Tate St Ives.

9.30 and 10pm Buses depart from Tate St Ives to bring delegates back to Penzance.

Convention bar

Evening, Friday 18 May

PZ Gallery, Coinagehall Street, Penzance

Late bar at PZ Gallery for Convention delegates returning to Penzance.

Hedluv + Passman

Two Cornish rappers and a Casiotone
10.30pm, Friday 18 May
PZ Gallery, Coinagehall Street, Penzance
Free event, open to all

‘The best thing to come out of Cornwall since tin’, Cornish rappers Hedluv + Passman bring new life to the Cornish vernacular with songs such as Dreckly

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