The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site is made up of 10 distinct areas within Cornwall and West Devon, these were all mineral mining districts during the industry’s period of greatest international impact from 1700 to 1914. The landscapes are made up of a great variety of visually arresting buildings [industrial, public and domestic], and related structures and landforms left behind by the progress of innovative deep mining technology. Equally important is the distinctive mining culture that created this amazing landscape and which was subsequently exported across the world. World Heritage Site status recognises the contribution that the people who shaped our landscape made to the development of the modern world.

Touring workshop events visit across the Cornish and Devon World Heritage Site

The Tinth Anniversary creates an opportunity to reinvent how we engage with the iconic buildings and landscapes of the WHS. We will bring our touring studio and team of artists to a wide variety of venues across the WHS. Each venue will be transformed into an inspiring and dynamic studio workspace complete with printing press, inkjet printer and all the materials needed for our team of highly skilled and motivated artists and assistants to work on the creation of large hand made maps and copper plate etchings of the mining heritage. We will be inviting the public into our studio to share in the creative process as it happens; people of all ages, residents and visitors, will be able to watch as the maps and etching plates progress; they will be able to engage with the artists, sharing, exploring and discovering images of the rich and distinctive Cornwall and Devon mining heritage, and have the opportunity to get involved hands on and make their own mark on these unique visual maps that picture the mines anew.

Our workshops are high energy events where people can create, discover, share stories, ideas and knowledge while working collaboratively to bring it all together in unique pictorial maps. We will be assisted through out by interns from our partner PZ Conservation who will be on hand to guide us in the construction of the maps. The maps will evolve as we progress and collage together all the varied and colourful elements; prints, drawings & text. Our conservators will be helping add all this material to the maps and also, an interesting addition, that of ‘Tinselling’, an unusual use for tin historically. This was a popular adult hobby during the first half of the 19th century. Tinsel prints were created from etched images that were hand-coloured in watercolour and decorated with and tinsel additions. The themes and subjects of these maps will be as varied, complex and fascinating as the tapestry of the mining landscape itself; it’s people, settlements, buildings, industries and the mines themselves.

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