On Saturday 22 June, a two-metre-high silver ball will be rolled through the streets of St Ives, paying homage to the 1000-year-old St Ives Feast Day tradition of ‘hurling’. The Feast Day takes place each February, and the tradition involves a small silver ball being chased through the town before being returned to the Mayor on the steps of the Guildhall. Artist Allard van Hoorn has reimagined the silver ball at a much larger scale, with the aim of creating something unique which evokes a sense of community and to celebrate St Ives. Residents have helped plan the ball’s route, and some will be taking part in the performance by helping guide the ball along.
Kick off is at 1pm, with the giant silver ball being set off on its way from The St Ives Community Orchard, journeying through Ayr Field, the harbour and Tate St Ives, before arriving at its final destination in the Loggia. During this time, van Hoorn will be recording live sounds, which he will go on to mix. A special sound performance will conclude the event.
Allard van Hoorn said of his work: ‘These performances are a way of connecting to places by listening to them as well as research into how we use and experience the public domain and to what degree we can claim ownership over it, discussing notions of inclusion, becoming and belonging.’
Speaking about the event, Tate St Ives Director Anne Barlow said: ‘This performance builds on our commitment to working in spaces outside the gallery and collaborating with our communities. This new project with the silver ball has generated a lot of excitement in the town – it’s a magical idea that really fits with the local heritage and we hope it inspires many people to be involved on the day.’
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG
22 June 2019
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