SMARTlab Faculty, Dr Ryya Bread is recently appointed Curatorial Director for Kestle Barton, a new arts venue situated on 50 acres of farm and woodland near The Helford, in Cornwall, UK (www.kestlebarton.co.uk). After a five year conservation and restoration phase, the doors opened to the public for the first time in May 2010, featuring our first exhibition of the season: Rupture – contemporary photography by Patrick Shanahan of the post-mining landscape of Cornwall.
This first season features four solo exhibitions that have something to say about Cornwall; including photography, sculpture, painting and a unique installation of archival and contemporary works around the role of St. Ives in WWII. Dr. Bread joined the team early in 2010 to help get the gallery and the arts programme operational for the first season and to begin outlining more long term curatorial objectives for the future of Kestle Barton. The aim is for the converted farm to be a self-sustaining venture that integrates arts, conservation and the farming history of the site into an inclusive model of community and artistic engagement.