The Bards of the Cornish Gorsedh

Kannas Bardh Meur Merv Davey

Kannas Bardh Meur Merv Davey - Credit: Archant

A new exhibition of photographs about Bards of the Cornish Gorsedh opens on 29 January.

Bardh Meur Kernow, Steren Mor

Bardh Meur Kernow, Steren Mor - Credit: Archant

Julia Nottingham, a third year Falmouth University student studying BA Press and Editorial Photography at the Penryn Campus, chose Bards of Gorsedh Kernow as her subject so that visitors to her exhibition could learn more about the passions and the love for Cornwall felt by Bards. “I feel that there is a lack of understanding and knowledge about the Cornish Gorsedh,” said Julia, “and I hope my project raises more awareness about Bards and the ancient Cornish tradition that is Gorsedh Kernow.”

The exhibition will feature portraits of Bards from various walks of life, all of whom have been awarded the honour of Bardship for their exceptional service to Cornwall.

“Bards are very individual people,” said Julia, “they are unique and all have their own story to tell.”

“Gorsedh Kernow exists to maintain the Celtic spirit of Cornwall, but this does not mean we are stuck in the past,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall, Maureen Fuller, who is delighted that Julia chose Cornish Bards as the subject for her University project.

“Young people like Julia show their interest in Cornish culture by asking questions about what Bards do and how they are chosen and it’s very important that we do all we can to encourage young people to take an interest in the history and culture of Cornwall.

“Visitors to the exhibition will be able to talk to Bards of Gorsedh Kernow on the opening night, Wednesday 29th January, about their work and on the two following Saturdays, the 1st and 8th February.”

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Entry to the exhibition, in The Poly Arts Centre bar, is free and open every day, except Sunday, until 8 February 2014 from 10am until 5pm.