Mercedes Kemp

Job title
Senior Lecturer
01326 213872 Ext: 3872

Mercedes Kemp was born and grew up in Southern Spain. For the past thirty five years she has lived in West Cornwall. She started working at Falmouth University in 1992. She is Associate Director of WILDWORKS. WILDWORKS is an internationally renowned theatre company, pushing boundaries of participative and professional practice with a reputation for working on large scale public projects. As well as the production of text and story line, her role within WILDWORKS involves creating and maintaining relationships with host communities, exploring their relationships with place and memory and adapting text to fit each new location. Her method involves a kind of eclectic ethnographic research into a variety of sources: archives, libraries, cemeteries, village halls, bus stops, local historians, town gossips, snapshots, old photographs, conversations, and, above all, a close observation of the process of memory and its effect on the value that people place on their environments. Her freelance work includes commissions for The Eden Project, The Guardian and BBC Radio 3. She worked as a writer for Kneehigh Theatre in Strange Cargo, Manel's Mango, Shop of Stories, Doubtful Island, Island of Dreams and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. She is a founding member of the writing and performing collective Scavel an Gow. Mercedes is Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies at Falmouth University.

Research interests

Research topics

Non Traditional Audiences
Multi Disciplinary Events
Community Arts
Democratic Art Forms

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Book Chapter

Kemp, Mercedes (2017) Three Encounters on the West Bank. In: This Is Not A Border. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 978-1408884980 (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.

Kemp, Mercedes (2015) WildWorks: It Starts and Ends with Place and People. In: Make Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011-2015. The Society of British Theatre Designers, Great Britain. ISBN 978 - 0 - 9529309 - 8 - 3

Kemp, Mercedes and Vanackere, Luc and d'Hoe, Jeroen (2014) Once upon a Castle Ontsluier mijn geheimen - Uncover my Secrets. In: Once upon a Castle Ontsluier mijn geheimen - Uncover my Secrets. [BE] Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium. ISBN 9789058564955

Conference or Workshop Item

Willow, Lucy and Kemp, Mercedes (2016) CAFE MORTE: LOST FOR WORDS. In: MOTH; TALKS IN THE FACE OF DEATH, January 08 2016, Falmouth University. (Unpublished)
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Kemp, Mercedes and Mitchell, Bill (2016) Wildworks - A Great Night Out. [Exhibition]
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Willow, Lucy and Kemp, Mercedes (2016) CAFE MORTE: LOST FOR WORDS EXHIBITION. [Exhibition] (Unpublished)
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Mcleod, Neil and Kemp, Mercedes and Willow, Lucy (2016) Lost for Words Exhibition. [Exhibition]

Kemp, Mercedes and Wannell, Myriddin and Alamango, Andrew (2015) 'A Cinema of Dreams'. An installation for 'Dream City' The Tunis Biennale of Contemporary Art in Public Spaces. [Exhibition]
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Kemp, Mercedes and Mitchell, Bill and Wannell, Myriddin and Williams, Eleanor and Hill, Sue and D'Hoe, Jeroen (2015) ONCE AND TWICE UPON A CASTLE. [Exhibition]
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Kemp, Mercedes (2010) Enchanted Palace. [Exhibition] Item not available from this repository.


Chapman, Neil (2016) Insiders (reading-performance). [Performance]

Blonska, Agnieszka and Kemp, Mercedes (2015) Dreaming in a Desert Place. [Performance]
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Kemp, Mercedes (2012) Babel. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.

Kemp, Mercedes (2011) The Passion of Port Talbot. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.

Kemp, Mercedes (2010) The Beautiful Journey. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.


Willow, Lucy and Kemp, Mercedes (2017) CAFE MORTE: TEARS OF THINGS- MUSEUM OF BROKEN OBJECTS. [Project] (Unpublished)
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Kemp, Mercedes and Mitchell, Bill and Wannell, Myriddin and Carey, Seamus (2014) 100: The Day Our World Changed. [Project]
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Salkeld, Nicola and Rudolph, Ashley (2016) MOTH Talks: In the Face of Death. [Conference]
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Kemp, Mercedes and Mitchell, Bill and Wannell, Myriddin (2016) The Great Survey of Hastings. UNSPECIFIED.
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WildWorks "ARK-Ive" - Multi disciplinary performance/installation. National Theatre, London.


WildWorks "Nablus, City of Stories" - Multi disciplinary performance-installation. Nablus, Occupied Territories of Palestine. Supported by the British Council.


WildWorks "100" - The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall. Supported by 14-18NOW


WildWorks "Once and Twice Upon a Castle" - Multi-disciplinary installations - Kasteel Van Gaasbeek, Belgium


Participating Lead Artist at "Dream City" - The Tunis Biennale of Art in Public Spaces - Tunisia
Supported by the British Council


WildWorks "A Great Night Out" - Performance - Sunderland Cultural Spring - Creative People and Places


WildWorks "The Great Survey of Hastings" - Installation - Root 1066 Contemporary Arts Festival - Hastings


Areas of teaching

Fine Art Theory and Practice. Creative Writing. HE Pedagogy

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Fine Art

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Board member for Creative Kernow at County Council until 2013