Brisons Veor – Cape of Cornwall.
I arrived for my artist in residence week to hail, sleet, wind and waves! Even the distant Long Ships lighthouse (I later found out I could see Wolf Rock Lighthouse too) became completely dissolved in the drenching low cloud. My journey along dark, busy motorways, over Bodmin with its biblical cloud formations towards howling gales and a sleepless sea – even the radio was playing Smetana’s Vltava which proved a fine accompaniment to the sound of the rolling deep!
Then, after a night of force 10 winds, more hail, sleet and crashing waves the Cape Cornwall morning was all sunshine and breakers. A high tide eagerly rolled in on white crested tops which the sun gilded in bright patches. Weightless foam and spume floated up and over the house towards town, while seagulls on jagged wings climbed and dipped in their multitudes.
Thus was the pattern of weather for my week, like the tides oscillating between extremes, but the elements became as inspiring as the landscape. I wrote, photographed, filmed, recorded sounds and wrote again. I walked the cliffs to the RLNI Watch Tower, saw incredible wildlife, watched the many forms of sea transport pass me by, wandered around old ruins, rock formations and felt their great weight of time upon my shoulders. Always though, night and day the sea was the primary focal point and back ground sound.
Brisons Veor is simply an incredible place which stimulates profound thinking and expression, giving artists space to contemplate and create in a comfortable house within an extraordinary landscape.
I wish to extend to the Trustees of Brisons Veor my sincere thanks for providing a special place where artists of all disciplines can thrive and for allowing me a week within it’s hallowed walls – in hindsight I only wish I’d stayed longer.
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