MESKLA a public sculpture project in Cornwall

by Sovay Berriman in Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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This project will only be funded if at least £1,700 is pledged by 6th July 2022 at 8:00am

MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh is a public sculpture project exploring what it means to be Cornish today.

by Sovay Berriman in Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With the extra funding I hope to,

  • involve more people in the conversation by having a travel funds pot to pay public transport & car share expenses to those wishing to participate but hindered due to limited transport & transport costs.
  • pay for technical support to help deinstall the final exhibition, document the different elements of the exhibition, and sort the materials of the exhibition for recycling.
  • reach more participants via additional printing to advertise the project.
  • extend the print run of the legacy document to distribute among local libraries, schools, colleges, museums and community meeting places.

MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh (Mussel Gathering | Precious Fragments) will take place in Redruth in Cornwall, between June & October 2022. 

It is a public sculpture project exploring contemporary Cornish cultural identity. Particularly considering the relationship of Cornish identity and culture with heritage, and extraction industries, including tourism.  

Through podcasts, conversation and sculpture-making I will actively engage with people, seeking and recording their views on identity and Cornwall, and how what we discuss relates to broader contexts - historically, nationally and globally.  

These discussions will be woven into a final sculptural installation that will be exhibited in Redruth during October 2022.

WHY MESKLA?

I am Cornish and care passionately about Cornish identity and culture, but I want to find out what others in Cornwall think & feel about this too.  I've developed MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh to specifically do this.

Cornwall is England's only National Minority, a Celtic nation with an indigenous language, and historic networks that reach out to sea, but how does this relate to the contemporary identity of people who live and work here now. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Conversations are vital to this project, and will take place throughout. Issues of authenticity, fractured culture, the links between identity, land and labour, indigeneity, language and intangible culture, will be considered through the different elements of the project.

The project will include:

  • 24 sculpture-making & conversation workshops taking place across Redruth
  • a series of in-conversation podcasts
  • a concluding live in-conversation with invited speakers and audience participation at Kresen Kernow, in partnership with Lowender Peran Festival
  • an exhibition at Krowji, Cornwall's largest creative hub, Redruth

The final public exhibition will present what is discovered, together with the objects made at the workshops, in a large sculptural installation. When the exhibition closes contributors will be invited to take a fragment of the sculpture home if they wish, before the installation is dismantled and reused or recycled.

WHY DO I NEED YOUR HELP?

This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and funding from Redruth Unlimited has also been raised. These funds cover part of the project budget, but not all, to reach the full budget and for the project to be able to achieve its full potential I really need your help now

This Crowdfunding will enable me to cover the following costs,

  • £200 for Cornish Language translation for the website, publicity materials and legacy document
  • £300 for printing and dissemination costs for publicity materials and the legacy document
  • £350 for building materials for the final exhibition
  • £600 fees for professional documentation of the project through photography and recording of the concluding live in-conversation.
  • £300 fees for technical support to help me build the sculptural installation for exhibition.

Marker for the Brough, with Matt Rowe’s energy blankets, as part of Laura Manfield’s 59.14 N 3.34 W. Photo credit: Rebecca Marr.

WHO AM I?

As an artist, I often make sculptures out of found and recycled materials, and I love to invite conversation and participation in many aspects of my work. I have worked as an artist across the UK and internationally, my work is concerned with moments of change, the potential of an element or individual, and the possibilities of the collective - please take a look at my previous projects at sovayberriman.co.uk.

MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh has grown out of my experiences as a Cornish person and my previous work that has spoken about contemporary Cornish experience. In the early 1990s I co-founded Pennskol Kernow the campaign for a university in Cornwall, at that time I was also working with a group of fellow young women to set-up Truro Young Women’s Centre, a project aimed at supporting women between the ages of 16 & 23 who were experiencing homelessness. Through this work I was able to take part in the first Racial Equality Council conference at Cornwall County Hall to listen and think more expansively about cultural identity around the UK and globally.

More recently, in 2019, I co-produced Common Place: Art, Community & Social Change with Tonia Lu of Cultivator Cornwall. This symposium took place at Murdoch House in Redruth and looked at the relationship between art and gentrification. Following on from that symposium I want to create an art project that will involve a broad range of voices from all different parts of Cornish society. I want to locate it in Redruth because it is a town that I have a long relationship with, from childhood through to adult work life. So I have developed MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh.

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh is my most ambitious project to date. I am employing the skills of a number of talented local and national specialists, who will support me to  deliver  the project and grow my skills so that I can deliver further ambitious projects in the future.

Community is integral to this project and I have already secured a wealth of generous in-kind support and collaboration from local people and organisations including, Ellie Allen of Splann, Jowdy Davey & Lowender Peran, Falmouth University Falmouth Campus, Kresen Kernow, Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek, Gorsedh Kernow, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, Kath Buckler, Alice Mahoney & CMR, ButCH/*, and Cornwall Council Cornish Language Office

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The workshops will be led by myself at different venues throughout Redruth. Some will be drop-in, some dedicated to specific community groups. Participants will make small sculptural objects from waste material, such as old packaging and repurposed cloth. Alongside the making, there will be conversation around the themes of the project, the ideas that are raised in the podcasts and our views and thoughts on Cornish cultural identity. I will weave these objects into the larger sculptural installation to be exhibited in October.

The podcasts will see conversations among speakers whose research or lived experienced touches on the project themes. Confirmed guests include: Dr Stephanie Pratt ; Angeline Morrison; Angela Piccini and Kayle Brandon; Amanprit Sandhu, and Jowdy Davey of the Lowender Peran festival & Gorsedh Kernow. They'll be available via standard podcast platforms and through a dedicated webpage for the project.

Over the last weekend of the exhibition, and as a point of conclusion, there will be a public in-conversation on Saturday 29th October with an invited panel including oral history, place and nation researcher Dr Shelley Trower, and Angeline Morrison, chaired by Dr Angela Piccini of Association of the Unknown Shore and BuTCH/*. 

Legacy: A limited edition of small palm-sized pocket sculptures will be cast from reclaimed copper and offered, on a first-come-first-served basis, to those who've contributed to the sculptural exhibition, creating a physical legacy, and reminder of the shared conversations. All contributors' names will be included in a printed document mapping the journey of these conversations and the pocket-sculptures.

Independent queer arts & heritage consultancy ButCH/* https://37looestreet.org/butch/ will formatively evaluate the project and produce a legacy document

Thank you for taking the time to read about my project, I hope you will feel inspired to support MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh through this Crowdfunder appeal, and by spreading the word and sharing your support through conversations and social media. 

I particularly hope to see you in Redruth at some point this year and look forward to making sculptures with you and talking about identity, heritage and tourism. I'll be posting updates about workshop dates and podcast recordings on this Crowdfunder page as well as across social media. 

If you listen in or take part please don't forget to share your experience and tag the project #mesklabrewyondrudh #mesklakernow #meskla2022 #mesklacornishculture #brewyondrudh

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REWARDS

Examples/samples of the rewards, colours may vary in final prints and editions.

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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh enamelled pin badge, 45-50mm diameter, reward £18

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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh 50mm x 50m paper parcel tape, reward £14

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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh A6 postcard with personalised Kernewek/Cornish message, reward £7

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£28 or more

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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh Supporter Bundle

Four rewards rolled into one! The Supporter Bundle includes, - an enamelled pin badge - a roll of paper tape - a postcard with a handwritten Kernewek message - your name will be added to the MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh supporter page and you'll receive a BIG THANK YOU mention via social media. Posted by Royal Mail 2nd class UK only. Please get in touch if you would like to pledge for this reward from beyond the UK.

£2 or more

A valued MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh Supporter

Your name will be added to the MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh supporter page and you'll receive a BIG THANK YOU mention via social media.

£7 or more

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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh postcard

Meskla postcard will be posted to you with a handwritten message in Kernewek/Cornish. You will also receive the benefits of the valued MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh Supporter reward. Posted by Royal Mail 2nd class UK only. Please get in touch if you would like to pledge for this reward from beyond the UK.

£14 or more

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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh printed paper tape

During the MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh workshops we will make small sculptures using paper tape to bind and wrap household waste materials. Brewyon Drudh means precious fragments in Cornish, making this bespoke limited edition printed tape perfect whenever you need to send something that should be handled with care. Posted by Royal Mail 2nd class UK. Please get in touch if you would like to pledge for this reward from beyond the UK.

£18 or more

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MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh enamelled pin badge

Support some precious fragments of your own by wearing the limited edition MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh pin badge. 45-50mm in diameter, four-colour with copper & brass. Posted by Royal Mail 2nd class UK. Please get in touch if you would like to pledge for this reward from beyond the UK.

£60 or more

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Limited edition print of a MESKLA working-drawing

Limited edition A3 digital print of a working-drawing made by Sovay Berriman with pencil & pen in the planning stages of MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh. There are 2 drawings available, with a limited print run of 10 per drawing. If you would like both of these drawings please go to the next reward. Sent in a cardboard tube, posted by Royal Mail 2nd class UK. Please get in touch if you would like to pledge for this reward from beyond the UK

£100 or more

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Set of two working-drawing prints

Limited edition A3 digital prints of two working-drawings made by Sovay Berriman with pencil and pen in the planning stages of MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh. There is a limited print run of 10 per drawing. If you would like one of these drawings please go to the previous reward. Sent to you in a cardboard tube, posted by Royal Mail 2nd class UK. Please get in touch if you would like to pledge for this reward from beyond the UK.

£180 or more

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1 of 2 Original Working Drawings

A unique working drawing made by Sovay Berriman during the planning stages of MESKLA | Brewyon Drudh. Unframed, pencil and mixed media on acid free paper. Sent to you, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, in a cardboard tube, posted by Royal Mail 2nd class UK. Please get in touch if you would like to pledge for this reward from beyond the UK.

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