Field Notes is a projects organisation based in Cornwall. We commission, develop and present art that finds new ways to break old ground; infiltrating the public realm and opening up exciting, challenging but ultimately accessible channels into a world of contemporary art using a platform of unusual community sites.
At Field Notes, we see contemporary art as something useful and relevant in day to day life. It has the ability to start conversations, to create platforms for community and inspire progress.
By exploring the relationship between contemporary art, artists and communities through projects and events produced in collaboration with diverse organisations, we strive to develop new audiences; uncover and activate unusual venues; and create professional opportunities for artists at any stage of their practice.
Field Notes commissions, develops and presents art that finds new ways to break old ground; infiltrating the public realm and opening up exciting, challenging but ultimately accessible channels into a world of contemporary art using a platform of unusual community sites. These strategies and projects contribute to the cultural life of our towns, cities and rural communities.
Field Notes is focused on activity beyond the established centres of the art world; by developing projects which bring cutting edge contemporary practice to communities with limited local access.
By supporting the practice of artists who operate from or engage with these communities, we seek to challenge a rural art status quo by providing access, information and support that taps into an international debate whilst simultaneously bringing different communities together to share ideas and celebrate heritage on a local scale.
We have worked everywhere from disused chapels and four-storey shops to yacht clubs, mackerel fishing boats, Elizabethan museums and white walled streamlined galleries producing giant art festivals, intimate commissions nestled within existing collections and multi-layered elusive journeys that explore ideas, towns, histories, woodlands.
Having met studying for a Masters in Curatorial Practice at Falmouth University, Directors Cat and Rosie wanted to produce one project together; this took place in an electricity stricken, disused arts and science school, and led on to a research trip to Venice Biennale in 2013. Then, back to Cornwall to take a long hard look at the drawing board. There was a space and a need that we could address: international contemporary art that needed sharing, artists who needed an opportunity for growth and adventure as well as hundreds of sites to be explored and opened up to a new audience.
So, in 2014 we set up Field Notes, initially as a partnership, but since April 2015 as a Community Interest Company; with all profit going back into reaching our aims and ambitions, helping us to build a new audience around our projects. Working itinerantly, we create transient spaces that offer artists and members of the public a different kind of experience; the chance to collect thoughts and contribute to an exciting spectacle, an improbable object or a slow burning collaboration. Field Notes has become our vehicle to connect some of the country’s most intriguing artists with hungry audiences, new supporters and partnerships that take contemporary art beyond the gallery.