End of the World Garden is a unique and ambitious artist-led project. A two-acre forest garden site in Cornwall, cultivated over the last twelve years by artist Paul Chaney (paulchaney.co.uk). The project opened in 2016 as a collaborative platform for artist residencies, durational trans-disciplinary research, and residential seminars exploring land use and post-capital futures. The site hosts a diverse programme of public events, practical workshops in off-grid living, horticulture, ecology, and participatory art commissions.
EotWG is situated five miles from Falmouth in Cornwall at the former site of Chaney’s collaborative project Fieldclub.
The site is fully autonomous for energy and water. The gardens provide raw materials for on-site catering, and biofuel planted twelve years ago is now mature enough to be harvested to provide site-grown fuel for cooking. A selection of agricultural buildings house basic educational spaces and camping facilities allowing visitors to engage in a year-round programme of activities.
Land use, food security, and the impact of shifting geopolitics and changing economic circumstances are pressing contemporary issues which challenge traditional relations between the rural and the urban. There is a developing focus away from urban centres onto the regions, driven by a growing awareness of sustainability issues, and the collapse of urban social structures under the strain of property speculation. The ‘countryside’ can no longer be seen as a retreat, utopia, or site of romantic contemplation; a rethinking of rural space will play a crucial role in conceiving a future beyond the current crises. EotWG provides a dynamic space in which to develop new thinking and practice, to open up dialogues between a local hub and wider international academic and art communities, and to reimagine the relation between local site and global discourse.
Inclusivity, learning, and participation are important elements of the EotWG ethos. Far from simply providing another anonymous institutional space, EotWG will invite visitors and contributors to actively engage with the site, living off-grid during events, participating in seasonal activities under the guidance of experienced horticulturalists, and contributing to food preparation and outdoor cooking under the guidance of professional chefs. This hands-on approach will provide the experiential ground for ongoing trans-disciplinary explorations, a combination of discursive and practical engagement successfully piloted by Chaney’s summer 2016 Critical Camps programme at Kestle Barton Rural Centre for Contemporary Arts (kestlebarton.co.uk).
Throughout the year, EotWG offers residential volunteer periods working on site infrastructure and horticulture. Get in touch to volunteer.
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