Working as co-director of Art Surgery from 1998- 2008, with Andy Whall was a gruelling and amazing experience. Researching and developing programmes of Live art, and site-specific performance, we discovered that contrary to our dearest dream of breaking new ground, and bringing new art and audiences to the region, that performance and live art has happened alongside painting in Cornwall.
No surprise then as histories and the live act disappears, that few people remember ART SURGERY’s contribution in the late 90s and early noughties. Here are some of the programmes and events that we instigated during that 10 year period:
2008, Curators Edition at Newlyn Exchange, performing together for the first and last time: That’s Entertainment, 3 days to create a show using clowning and playing with performance practices. Link to film made by :
2007, LAF (Live Art Falmouth) collaboration with Falmouth college for their first performance platform using the model from 2003.
2006, Tract, a site-specific performance project for Art Surgery, with Newlyn Art Gallery. Arts Council Funded including performances from Alistair McClennan, Richard Lazells, Roddy Hunter, and Kira O’Reilly.
2003, Live Platform, Art Surgery in association with Newlyn Gallery a live performance art platform and symposium with Julie Bacon and Roland Miller.
2002, Videoteque II, selection and dual re-presentation of a video programme including work by Andy Whall and Delpha Hudson (a rare exception – we did not generally curate our own work!)
2002, Videoteque, selection and presentation of a programme of international video in the window of Ten Gallery, St Ives. South West Arts funded
1999, Real Art (and a Sense of Place), an Arts Council funded site-specific performance programme including performances by Bobby Baker, and Andre Stitt