Caught by the River

Anthology of Rural Life

25th May 2024

Alan, Kelvin, Austin, Wayne, Alan Pengilly, Trebarveth Farm © Colin Robins and Oliver Udy

Opening at Kestle Barton next month, Anthology of Rural Life Farmers of The Lizard (15 June – 1 September, 2024) is a photographic survey of families and individuals involved with the land. The gallery explains:

‘The Lizard peninsula is a rural region with an ancient history of farming that is reflected in the large proportion of land that is still being worked today. Kestle Barton was a working farm until Boaden Lyne retired in 2005 and it took on our current multi- purpose identity. As a venue we are committed to incorporating the question of land use into our programme, and to creating opportunities to discuss relevant concerns for those living in, and visiting, our surrounding area.

Harold, Rona, Elsa and Nevil Amiss, Tregullas Farm © Colin Robins and Oliver Udy

The Anthology of Rural Life project that Colin Robins & Oliver Udy have been collaborating on for over a decade has been one such opportunity. They have made over twenty new portraits of farmers on The Lizard that are juxtaposed in the gallery with photographs that they have taken in Europe. This show offers a visual insight into the lives of many different people, in many different places, that are living in rural areas and have relationships to the land they live on. The exhibition aims to develop a narrative around shifts in rural life, and some of the complexities currently facing the countryside. It also provides a recognition of the central place that farming continues to play in the social and economic landscape of the Lizard.’

Anthology of Rural Life © Colin Robins and Oliver Udy

The complete Anthology of Rural Life project will be archived at Kresen Kernow as a social and historical document.

To accompany this exhibition, Kestle Barton have organised a series of Tent Talks to take place in a large marquee in their meadow on the weekend of 20-21 July. These talks are free to the public and all are invited to come to discuss the timely themes they will be focused on.

Tent Talk I: Food systems, farming and land use is on Saturday 20 July from 11am – 5pm. Tent Talk II: Creative practice and the land is on Sunday 21 July from 11am – 5pm.

The exhibition, and associated events, have been produced in collaboration with the Falmouth Art Gallery and The Museum of Cornish Life, Helston.

Admission to the gallery is free. Find out more about visiting here.

Keith Pascoe, Rosenithon Farm © Colin Robins and Oliver Udy

Anthology of Rural Life © Colin Robins and Oliver Udy