Television showing a man standing by a bush


Over the past two years I've been working on the Groundwork programme as Learning Coordinator. The public programme is live this summer, showing international art in a wide variety of settings in Cornwall. This was a recent highlight – two Sean Lynch films and a wonderful artist talk in Helston Museum, a perfect setting for Sean's re-consideration and re-complication of our everyday.

Florence Peake in costume in Tate St Ives

Judder Shudder, Tate St Ives

In my role as Learning Curator, Adult Programmes I programme Late at Tate. 'Judder Shudder' took place on Friday 13 April 2018 and featured solo and collaborative performances by Jonathan Baldock and Florence Peake. Inspired by the theatricality of Barbara Hepworth’s wheeled plinths in her studio at the Palais de Danse, the performance blurred sculpture, costume and performer to create an act of absurd ritualism, at once humorous and tense, light and dark. The performances and exhibitions were complemented by a film programme featuring works by Rachael Jones, Anna Lucas & Alice Walton, Frances Scott and Florence Peake and footage from the recent collaborative performance of Rubato Dance with costumes by Jonathan Baldock. With enormous thanks from the Learning team to everyone involved for supporting the delivery of the programme for over 300 visitors on the night.

Singers in costume outside Tate St ives

We Beat The Bounds

Through my role as Learning Curator, Adult Programmes at Tate St Ives I commissioned artist Abigail Reynolds to create a performance for the re-opening of the gallery in October 2017. Abigail worked with Gareth Churcher, Leader of the St Keverne Band and founder of the Cornwall Music Trust to produce a mirrored performance for two choirs who marked the new territory of the gallery, in and out of the building. Over 4,000 people witnessed the two performances on the first public day of the new gallery.

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Sound show at Porthmeor Studios

Thank you to Naomi Frears who curated last week's sound show at Porthemor Studio with works by; Dan Scott, Josie Cockram, Oliver Sutherland and a new sound piece from me 'To Die By Your Side'. 

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Future Imperfect Screening

'In and Out of Love' was selected for, and had its first screening at 'Future Imperfect' at Plymouth University in April. Organised by Allister Gall and Katy Richardson the seminar was a day of screenings, workshops, a presentation by Melanie Manchot and finale by the 'Imperfect Orchestra'.  Participants included Naomi Frears and Rachael Jones.

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Tate St Ives: All Out of Love screening

I was invited by Tate St Ives to programme 'Film Club' for 18 August as part of the gallery's 'Summer of Art'. Titled after the ‘Air Supply’ hit of 1980, All Out of Love, the selected films draw on the exhaustion and frustration of endings, but also feats of effort: actions driven ‘out of love’The screening included works by Margaret Salmon, winner of the first Max Mara Art Prize, Turner Prize nominee James Richards, Naomi Frears – selected for Exeter Contemporary Open 2016, collaborators Simon Bayliss and Susie Green with their new work 'Love Immersion' and recent Falmouth graduate Charlie Fairbairn. 

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The Pleasure, The Privilege (wip)

Screened as part of 'The Voyeurs' in St Ives last week, 'The Pleasure, The Privilege' is the starting point for a new work. Based on short sequences unified through sung vocals from The Smiths song 'There is a light that never goes out', laid over ambient sounds of insects and birds. The developed film will utilise shifts between devised and incidental vignettes joined together to reflect an emotive pull and heightened observation of immediate surroundings. A snippet from the film is here –


The Voyeurs

Thanks to Naomi and Simon for the invite. I'm showing a new film. There's food (Dom from CAST so it'll be good) and a bar. Frears & Bayliss Present: The Voyeurs – An Evening of Short Films by Anne McGuire | Tracy Moffatt | Rachael Jones | James Hankey | Mel Stidolph | Jean Genet | Kurt Kren. 7 – 9.30pm, Thursday 2nd June. Free Admission.  3 Porthmeor Studios, St Ives Cornwall TR26 1NG.