Wheal Martyn Inspiring Creative Writing and Art
Wheal Martyn

By: Gemma Martin
Added: 02 December 2016

Pupils from Roche School, St Dennis School, Poltair School and Cury School have been getting creative at Wheal Martyn! The dramatic and atmospheric surrounds of Wheal Martyn, with the beautiful Victorian clay works and woodland site, have been host to fantastic creative writing and artist workshops in partnership with Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP).

The project, titled Pit, Paper, Porcelain is an arts based project supported by Arts Council England through its investment in museums in Cornwall as part of their Major Partner Museum programme, being delivered by Cornwall Museums Partnership.  This project continues Wheal Martyn’s work with schools in the area to explore the story of the China Clay landscape and the impact the industry has had on local communities, through creative expression.  Pupils and students have worked with professional writers and artists to produce high quality artwork and writing which will soon be on display at Wheal Martyn.

The innovative schools project started in early September with an event for teaching staff to understand the scope of the work. Pupils and students then visited Wheal Martyn for an immersive experience to inspire creative writing, stories, pros and artwork. Writers and artists supported pupils and students to develop their ideas and craft some excellent pieces of work. For many taking part it was their first visit to the museum, which preserves and makes accessible the rich heritage of their communities.

Gemma Martin, Wheal Martyn’s Education Officer said “we are really excited to be showcasing the impressive work created by the children. Working in partnership with KEAP, the writer and artists has been so refreshing, giving a great opportunity for Cornish children to learn about their local heritage and express themselves in such imaginative ways”.

The installation, Pit, Paper, Porcelain, developed with KEAP will open at Wheal Martyn on Monday 12th December at a celebration event from 5-7pm.  Wheal Martyn will be welcoming the family and friends of the participants to a creative celebration where there will be performances of the pros, stories and poetry and artwork will be exhibited. The exhibition will remain on display at Wheal Martyn until the end of February.  Alongside this, an exhibition, Passion for Porcelain, is on display until July 2017 and is free to view.

For more information about Wheal Martyn visit www.wheal-martyn.com, for KEAP’s Story Republic visit www.thestoryrepublic.co.uk and for Cornwall Museums Partnership www.cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk