Gwelan Podcasts- Mounts Bay

Storylines are collecting memories and reflections about Mounts Bay to feed a series of podcasts to accompany Gwelen, a new artwork by artist Emma Smith that has been commissioned for the Penzance to Marazion Coastal path. Inspired by Cornwall’s largest submerged forest that sits in the bay, this podcast series will share different perspectives of Mounts Bay, as well as exploring its unique geology, ecology, history and culture.


Storylines have been particularly involved with the podcasts exploring different perspectives of Mounts Bay, under the themes-

‘In, On and Under the Sea’

‘The Sea from Land’

‘Myths, Legends and Language’

For these we had the joy of spending many hours sat with locals, often outdoors overlooking Mounts Bay, listening to their experiences and reflections of the bay. We are now weaving these together in a series of audio stories that are narrated by artist Emma Smith, who considers their relationship to her artwork. From divers to bus drivers, foragers to fishermen, walkers to wild swimmers, poets to historians, it’s been wonderful to be able to take a deep look at Mounts Bay and explore what makes it unique.


The podcasts will be made available through the Newlyn Art Gallery website as well as other podcasting platforms and we’ll be sharing the links here too.

The podcasts are part of the project led by artist Emma Smith, commissioned by Cornwall Council. The artwork is part of the EXPERIENCE project which promotes experiential tourism and sustainable economic growth during October to March. The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme under the Natural and Cultural Heritage funding category.


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