Gorsedh Kernow - Maintaining the Celtic Spirit of Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 10:38 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:38 12 March 2014


“Bude – Spirit of Place” An exciting new exhibition of professional photographs chosen by Jonathan Ball, Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, and commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects aims to capture the essential qualities of Bude, an often forgotten rural community in remote North Cornwall

It features a series of panels celebrating Bude in landscape, townscape, civic sculptures, shipwrecks and “demountable” architecture in terms of themed poetry, prose and images.

“We started from the concept that ‘we will leave this place better than when we came to it’”, said Jonathan Ball, retired architect and curator of the exhibition, “and in essence we hope it will persuade the public to look again at the built environment and see in a different light the relationship between the natural and the manmade.”

“In view of recent storms that have battered our coast, Tennyson’s words from ‘Idylls of the King’ on one panel seem particularly appropriate,” said Jonathan, who was made a Bard in 2002 for services to surf lifesaving and the RNLI in Cornwall, “with references to tempest and long waves breaking all down the thundering shores of Bude and Bos. Through a series of poems and photographs the exhibition explores how the spirit of place in the community is encapsulated by significant events in history, its people and surroundings, and the Citizens’ Wall, an integral part of the exhibition, gives residents of Bude and visitors a chance to reflect on just what it is that makes Bude a special place to live, work and play.”

This RIBA exhibition, with lead sponsor Ibstock Brick, will be held in the Willoughby Gallery at Bude Heritage Centre, Bude Castle, runs from Tuesday 25th March until Friday 11th April and is open 10am to 4pm each weekday.

Entry is free.

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