Friday, 6 January 2017

Heart of Conflict Education Pack - free download

We have produced learning resources to accompany our World War One exhibition Heart of Conflict at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.

You can download free from Bridging Arts - just click on this link. We're indebted to the Royal Cornwall Museum for supplying photography and also to the photographer Hannah Wright, who worked as a volunteer on the project.

The Royal Cornwall Museum will be holding educational workshops throughout the exhibition using the resource. For more information, please contact the Education Officer Liz Shepherd on 01872 242785.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year from Bridging Arts

This isn't a New Year's photo - but a lovely festive picture of Christmas at the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital in Truro a 100 years ago. This emergency hospital was set up in the old work house on Tregolls Road in Truro to cope with the wounded and injured from World War One.
Everyone has made such an effort to create a cheering atmosphere - despite the circumstances - in the very best spirit of Christmas.

A very Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who helped, volunteered and worked on our projects over the past year.

Our World War One exhibition Heart of Conflict is at the Royal Cornwall Museum until the end of June 2017 - so plenty of time to go and see that.
Also in Cornwall - Max Whetter's winning deck design is on sale now at Roots Skate Store, A perfect present for a keen skater.
In London -we'll be working in January with elderly people in Hammersmith and visiting the V&A to see a special embroidery exhibition.
And.....we'll announce the winner of our competition for an African Headwrap! Here's to 2017.


Thursday, 22 December 2016

SEASIDE CHEF WINS SKATEBOARD DESIGN COMPETITION WITH A WHOPPING STACK OF BURGERS

Cornish skateboarder Max Whetter – who flips burgers to finance his art – has won this year’s Whatever It Takes competition for a new skateboard design with a tower of burgers, buns and relish reflecting his life in the kitchen.

Max, 27, was born in Truro and now lives in Newquay. “The reason that my drawing is based on food is that living in a Cornish seaside town, half of my time is spent working in kitchens cooking burgers for tourists on holiday,” he says. “The other half is spent skateboarding. So a food-based deck design seemed appropriate to me.”

Max started to sell his drawings on the internet earlier this year to raise enough money to buy a new skateboard. He also entered the Whatever It Takes competition – getting a free trial of Photoshop from the internet and learning how to use it via Youtube videos. He is now developing his art at Cornwall College.

“We were so impressed by Max’s design,” said Susan Roberts, Director of the charity Bridging Arts which ran the competition with Roots Skate Shop in Camborne. “It was brilliantly executed and wittily tells the story of his life in Cornwall.”

The design has now been printed on to boards which are on display and for sale at Roots Skate Shop.

“This competition is really important because it gives artists a different way in which they can express their creations,” says Roots owner Tom Hudson. “Hopefully it will inspire kids in the future. I’m stoked to be able to display the boards here.”

The background....

Whatever It Takes – a competition for skateboard design - is run by Bridging Arts in partnership with Roots Skate Shop in Camborne.

It was launched in 2012 with the support of skateboarder Nick Jensen. An exhibition of the winning boards was held at Heartlands, Pool, near Camborne. A selection of boards by professional artists who contributed to the project is now on display at Roots Skate Shop.







Friday, 16 December 2016

Heart of Conflict opens in Truro

 Great to see so many old - and new  - friends at the opening of Heart of Conflict in Truro at the Royal Cornwall Museum. The exhibition will be open until the end of June 2017. Wonderful to have so many stories and objects on display.

Heart of Conflict will run until 30 June 2017 at the Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ. Tel: 01872 272205. 

For more information email enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk


Museum opening times over Christmas and the New Year: 
The museum will be closed 24th-27th December and the 2nd January. Normal opening hours are Mon-Sat 10am-4.45pm. Last admission 4pm. Open Bank Holidays. Admission charge £5.50 (including a £1 voluntary donation). Free for Under 16s.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sparkling work at Hammersmith embroidery workshop

Lovely to spend a grey November afternoon at the Masbro Centre in Hammersmith, west London, where our volunteer Katrina Williams was leading an embroidery class. This is the fourth workshop we have done here - and this time people even arrived half an hour early so they could get started!
It's a wonderful group for older people.
Here's a quick photogallery of work produced.





Saturday, 12 November 2016

Remembrance Day assembly at Richard Lander School, Truro

Great to be able to attend a Remembrance Day assembly at Richard Lander School, Truro, on Thursday. A big thank you to history teacher Julia Brindley who helped to arrange this. And many congratulations to the team of students who prepared such an excellent presentation on the autograph book that we'll be featuring in Heart of Conflict at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (the exhibition will open on 17 December 2016).
Here are a few photos - the students were speaking to well over 100 in the hall....



Saturday, 5 November 2016

Heart of Conflict - the details

A young woman in Cornwall's Land Army in WW1
I've been posting updates on production and research so often on Heart of Conflict... Perhaps it's time to publish the nitty gritty: 

Our new exhibition Heart of Conflict: Cornwall’s World War One will open at the Royal Cornwall Museum on 17 December 2016 and run until the end of June 2017. 

We’ve worked closely with local historians, volunteers and community groups to gather stories and material to display.

Thousands of men and women left Cornwall between 1914-18 to endure terrible hardship fighting the Germans in France and further afield. For those left behind, these were years of privation, anxiety, grief and extraordinary sacrifice.

Heart of Conflict – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – looks at how people  kept body and soul together during those years, how they lived and how they loved. It features some previously  untold stories of human bravery and endurance.

We throw a spotlight on families who struggled to make ends meet while waiting for their men and sons to return home, and young women who worked on the land, in munitions factories and in the mines. It also tells the stories of men forced to stay at home to do vital work such as mining, farming or fishing to keep the war machine going.
  • Heart of Conflict opens on 17 December 2016 and runs until 30 June 2017 at the Royal Cornwall  Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ. Tel: 01872 272205. For more information email enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
  • Museum opening times over Christmas and the New Year: The museum will be closed 24th-27th December and the 2nd January.
  • Normal opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4.45pm. Last admission 4pm. Open Bank Holidays. Admission charge £5.50 (including a £1 voluntary donation). Free for Under 16s.