Exploring Cornish dialect with Lanivet Primary School. A clay model of a ‘want’ (mole).

Farmers' stories inspire children’s art exhibition

An exhibition of artwork, created by Primary School Children from around Cornwall and inspired by local farmers stories, will be on display from the 27th July - 3rd August at Heartlands in Pool.

The work on display has been created as part of the project, ‘Tallys an Tir; Traditions & Stories of the Land’, led by the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter.

‘Tallys an Tir’ has collaborated with 11 Primary Schools around Cornwall, using a series of digital stories created with farmers as inspiration for creative work. On display at Heartlands will be an exciting range of artwork, including sculptures, paintings, installations, and video work. Sarah Chapman, who is heading up ‘Tallys an Tir’ said: “It has been brilliant to take farmers stories into the Schools, and get children out on local farms to learn about their farming heritage, and the quality of work produced is excellent. Seeing all the artwork together in one space will be great and rewarding for all involved. ”

The year-long project, has also been working within 5 communities around Cornwall, capturing and sharing stories that relate to the Cornish landscape.  Local groups have been busy collecting memories, photographs, maps and objects, which will be brought together for a celebratory event in each area. These events will take place over the summer.  The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST Cornwall.

The ‘Tallys an Tir’ project is also working on an Education Ideas Pack for Primary Schools, using a series of 10 digital farming stories as starting points for learning. This will be officially released later this year; information on it will be available at the exhibition at Heartlands.

Date: 24 July 2013

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