Mevagissey and the Man Engine

On Monday 16th May, Penrice Academy welcomed Mevagissey Community Primary School for the first day of workshops around The Man Engine project.

Penrice students and local primaries have been involved in The Man Engine from the start, drawing inspiration from the Project, which celebrates Cornish mining history.

The theme of these workshops focussed on Cornish Diaspora; Cornish people and their descendants who emigrated around the world from Cornwall. Children in Years 3 and 4 worked on mapping the journey of a Cornish pasty, a football and a steam engine from Cornwall to all corners of the globe – including south Africa, South America and Australia.

Visiting artist Joanne Tyler explained: “The children worked with a variety of techniques including wash dye, photo montage and narrative to create multi-textured maps which echo the routes of the Cornish Diaspora.”

These designs will then be sent to the artists designing the carnival float that greets the man engine on its final day in July.

Jo said: “I was thrilled with the quality of the students’ work and would be happy to hang any of these on my wall at home! Maybe one day they can be incorporated into one of our museums as a celebration of Cornish heritage.”

The workshops will continue all week with Jo, who lives and works in the Cornish mining area of the Tamer valley and is an Award-winning print maker, and will see other primaries from the St Austell getting involved.

Thank you to the Penrice students who helped at the Workshops throughout the week.

Read more about Mevagissey here.