Arts festival reveals programme


Flamm Festival, a major new arts festival coming to Cornwall next month, has announced its full programme.

This free festival in Redruth will offfer a wide-ranging programme of temporary public artwork, exhibitions, performances and workshops – including a screening of Turner Prize nominee Heather Phillipson’s new commission Dreamland at the Regal Cinema.

Flamm – a partnership between Creative Kernow and London-based Art Night which puts the Cornish creative arts scene firmly on the national agenda – will have its inaugural event funded by Cornwall Council’s Good Growth Shared Prosperity Fund from October 21-22.

Four Cornwall-based artists have received commissions to exhibit at the festival, and the partnership with Art Night bring two major commissions from multi-media artist Phillipson and sound artist and composer Richy Carey to the county.

Festival highlights from the Cornwall-based artists include electronic dance music performance in Holman Quarry just outside Redruth – courtesy of Abigail Reynold’s Core, an ‘art rave’ made by sampling a quarry that replicates the former rhythms of industry with contemporary electronic beats – and the imagining of a new metro line in Redruth, from the mind of Patrick Lowry.

Sovay Berriman will explore Cornish identity and its relationship with heritage and land, while Then Try This invites you to make music from the crystal minerals of Cornwall.

Patrick Lowry, one of the commissioned artists, said: “This feels like a significant event for both Redruth and the wider art scene in the south west. Redruth has an art ecology that has developed over several years, with local artists working together as well as reaching out to national and international artists to help establish a vibrant contemporary art dynamic.

“The Flamm weekend is adding another exciting dimension to this, both in the artists involved and the connection to the well-respected London-based Art Night putting the Cornish contemporary creative arts firmly on the national agenda. It is apparent that Flamm is already acting as a catalyst for the longer-term growth and connectivity for the art scene in the region.”

Tonia Lu, programme producer for Flamm and representing Creative Kernow, added: “We are so excited to reveal the full programme for Flamm – there’s some incredible work and festivalgoers are in for a real treat. The commissions from our Cornwall-based artists really resonate to the stories and heritage of the local community, and the commissions from Heather and Richy will give our visitors the chance to engage with nationally and internationally important work.”

For details of the full programme and to book tickets, click here.