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Art Exhibition: On St Michael’s Way @ 12 Star Gallery, London
April 5, 2016 - April 15, 2016
Works by Faye Dobinson, Naomi Frears, Marie Claire Hamon, James Hankey, Janet McEwan, Roger Thorp, Caro Woods, Zeirle & Carter
6 – 15 April 2016
A group exhibition focusing on St Michael’s Way; a 12.5 mile walking route crossing the Cornish peninsula in the far west, from Lelant on the north coast to Marazion and St Michael’s Mount on the south coast. The exhibition features works produced by invited emerging and established Cornwall based artists with shared interest in our ever shifting, entwined and evolving knowing of landscape, ritual and faith.
The St Michael’s Way was established in 1994, when, based on shipping records from the middle ages, and other archaeological and historical evidence, it was also officially linked to the Camino de Santiago network of pilgrim paths in mainland Europe, which converge at the tomb of Saint James in north west Spain. It remains the only long distance footpath in the UK to be designated a European Cultural route by the Council of Europe.
St Michael’s Way is the muse of the artists in this show. Although a modest footpath in length (but not in sites), it is an enduring and tangible reminder of a long established and vibrant thoroughfare connecting Cornwall, and neighbouring Wales and Ireland to mainland Europe and a number of artworks in this show speak of journey, real and imaginary, not only along this path, but also to and from worlds beyond the horizon.
On St Michael’s Way is curated by Janet McEwan and produced in association with Friends of St Michael’s Way: a group whose broad aims include ensuring the footpath is researched and maintained, promoting the route regionally and beyond, and considering its cultural, spiritual, economic and geo-political importance past, present and future, through various lenses. Vice Chair, Prof Michelle Brown, FSA, will provide a short introduction in the exhibition graphics outlining the cultural significance of the route, and will give an accompanying talk at the opening event.
Following its London debut at the 12 Star Gallery, the exhibition will be re-presented in Cornwall, signalling the launch of a programme of public events and activity along the St Michael’s Way footpath over the summer months of 2016.