‘The Dark Rooms’, curated by Jesse Leroy Smith at the Passmore Edwards building, 3 Penrose Road, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TP
Over forty artists – film-makers , photographers, sculptors, painters, performance and sound artists – have created a dreamscape journey through the schoolrooms. Students from Falmouth University will present a ‘show within the show’ entitled ‘Parameters of the Dark’.
Saturday 2nd February 1pm to 10pm, Sunday 3rd February 12pm to 6 pm – we suggest coming on Saturday evening from 6 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Unaccompanied children cannot be admitted.
Jesse Leroy Smith will give a guided tour of the exhibition at 4pm on Sunday 3 February.
Jesse Leroy Smith approached the Trustees of CAST (see below) with a proposal to use the building for an art event before artists start to occupy the studios. The Trustees welcome this initiative and hope that ‘The Dark Rooms’ will act as a catalyst for future activity. With its close links with the Helston Folk Museum and its central location in West Cornwall, Jess Leroy Smith sees the Passmore Edwards building as a hub for creativity and invention and hopes that ‘The Dark Rooms’ will lead to further collaborations and contemporary art events.
‘The Dark Rooms’, curated by Jesse Leroy Smith
Jesse Leroy Smith has invited artists to transform every room in the old school building into an individual work of art. The itinerary of ‘The Dark Rooms’ begins on the ground floor, where works of art in a wide range of media contribute to a brooding cacophony of sound and dissonant imagery, exploring the psychology, politics and complex identities of the human condition. On the upper floor of the building the mood of the exhibition changes, to embrace expansive and dream-like landscapes. This exploratory journey finally resolves in the last rooms of the exhibition, with meditative and observational films that reflect on the natural landscape. In Jesse Leroy Smith’s exhibition scenario Individual works of art become points in a narrative that draws on the history and ethos of the Passmore Edwards building.
Contributing Artists include;
Richard Ballinger, Sam Bassett, Matthew Benington, Faye Dobinson, Graham Gaunt, Marie Claire Hamon, James Hankey, Michelle Hannah (from Glasgow), Jonathan Hayter, Mark Jenkin, Liam Jolly, Jesse Leroy Smith, Rachel MacLean (from Glasgow), Janet McEwan, Chris Priest, Ben Sanderson, Tim Shaw, Kate Southworth, Louise Thomas, Roger Thorp, Von Calhau (from Portugal), Rupert White, Lucy Willow, Emma Saffy Wilson . . .
‘Parameters of the Dark’, curated by Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover
As an addition to ‘The Dark Rooms’, Jesse Leroy Smith has invited two students from Falmouth University’s MA in Curatorial Practice to curate ‘a show within the show’, featuring work by current BA and MA students at Falmouth University.
Tapping into the dual senses of nostalgia and anticipation inherent in the building at this transitional moment in its history, the curators have brought together ‘artists who share an interest in alchemical transformations of physical and emotional space and works that oscillate between imagined pasts and projected futures’.
Karl Arbuthnot, Tom James Bond, Beatrice Brown, Tim Chandler, Kate Holford, Sam Hyde, Mark Messenger, Rhys Morgan, Ashley Sheekey, Joshua Smith, Frances Walsh, Ben Wayman
The Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST) is a new charity, created in 2012. Its Trustees are Alastair Cameron, Teresa Gleadowe, Chris Hibbert, Karen Townshend, John Wilkin and Ross Williams. The Trustees of CAST are hosting ‘The Dark Rooms’ as an independent project initiated and curated by Jesse Leroy Smith.
For the student show ‘Parameters of the Dark’, I have created a looped video piece called ‘Bagas Gwari’ (playgroup in Cornish), which visually explores the rooms in the Institute that were formerly used by a children’s playgroup. The video captures traces of the children’s handprints, coat hooks, footprints and other architectural features, reminding the viewer of the histories of the space, before it is renovated and prepared for the future.