Join us for the first of our FREE Brickfield field trips next Saturday 27th July to explore some of Cornwall’s lesser trodden footpaths across clay country.

Brickfield is a Whitegold project about the St Austell area where artists are helping people to look again at the “Cornish Alps”, the china clay tips and pits, with an eye on building a creative and sustainable future.     

The Brickfield project will see the establishment of an experimental community brickworks at Imerys’ former Blackpool Pit, where people can come and make bricks with the local materials. On 27th July, the field trip will entail a 6K walk; walking from St Dennis to Blackpool Pit, taking in skytips, disused quarries, woodland, heathland, manmade mountains and more. The walk will provide inspiration and materials for this exciting new brick making project!

Brickfield is a new community arts project run by artists Rosanna Martin and Georgia Gendall. They will work directly with community groups, students, children, geologists and teachers and the general public to make bricks: drawing on St Austell’s industrial heritage, Brickfield will explore connections between people, material, landscape and place.

With help from Imerys, Rose and Georgia will be experimenting with by-products collected from the industrial processing of china clay and combining these with other materials to create a new clay body that will have unique characteristics specific to the area. The processes involved in traditional brick-making are accessible and fun as well as providing a unique insight into an entire making cycle from clay collection to fired end product.

To sign up and for all the details email brickfield@whitegold.org.uk

More about the walk: The walking route is approximately 6k, along footpaths and a small bit of road.The terrain is at times slightly rough ground, and so suitable comfortable footwear (walking boots or trainers) is essential. We will meet at 10am at Hornick Hill carpark and expect the whole event to take about 5 hours (including a couple of essential snack breaks). 

We regret that this event is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the nature of the footpaths and a reasonable level of fitness is required. We are holding other events in August which are much more accessible. 

Brickfield invites you to get involved in all aspects of the project, for further details or to register interest contact brickfield@whitegold.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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