Architecture Students Create Structure for National Trust

25 October 2019

Cornwall coast
Architecture and Nat Trust Gorthwedh project
Students on site in West Cornwall
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Category: Student stories

First year Architecture students are gaining valuable industry experience in a live-build project with the National Trust and Penzance-based artist Callum Mitchel.

In a commission by the National Trust, Callum has been exploring Cornwall's mining heritage, collating stories from people in the Tin Coast area to make a film, which will be screened in a structure designed and built by Falmouth students.

Tom Ebdon, Architecture Course Leader, explains: "Students have been working with Callum to design a temporary pavilion which will act as a clifftop cinema in a yet to be announced location in West Cornwall. Using recycled and reclaimed materials they'll start the build onsite in early November.

Students get so much out of these kind of collaborations and live builds, not only is it a chance to work with industry but they get to design specifically for a unique place, learning on the job and responding to location challenges. This kind of experience is at the heart of the Architecture course."

Architecture student Jamison Boll said: "We worked in groups to come up with design ideas for the project, which we pitched to Callum and the National Trust.

"They chose another design but liked elements from our idea. This is a really interesting and challenging project for us as first year architecture students to get involved with, I really appreciate the opportunity and am looking forward to the live build experience."

Film screenings and Q&As with Callum will take place from 9 November to 1 December. The project is called Gorthwedh, which means 'contrast' in the Cornish language, visit the National Trust website to find out more and buy tickets.

Associate Lecturer Mark Jenkin is also collaborating on the project, working closely with Callum to create a textural feel for Gorthwedh on 16mm film. Mark has recently received critical acclaim for his latest feature-film, BAIT.

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