Tracing Granite
  • Room 605, Rolle Building

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Join artist, quarry worker and cultural geographer David Paton as he leads a discussion of ideas about the relationship between materials, place and making. 

David's work combines artisanal work with creative research in a practice that remains rooted in granite working methods. Under the umbrella title Tracing Granite, his current projects engage with geological knowledge, historical contexts and practical skills.

This seminar brings together geographers, geologists and geoscientists to reflect on a field trip to granite landscapes in south west England. Commissioned as part of the Groundwork programme, the field trip is also concerned with the means by which geological knowledge is communicated. 

The panel and attendees will explore the ways in which geo-scientific and quarrying knowledge has developed, overlapped and been absorbed by wider communities.


  • Rose Ferraby is a geographer, archaeologist and artist. She is a researcher in Cultural Geology and RA at the University of Cambridge.
  • Hazel Gibson is a geologist and post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Perception of Geothermal Power at the University of Plymouth.
  • Ruth Siddall is a geologist specialising in the study of minerals and rocks used in cultural heritage. She is currently undertaking collaborative research at UCL Slade School of Fine Art.
  • Professor Iain Stewart is a geoscientist and Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute. His research at the University of Plymouth focuses on the popular communication of geoscience.

The seminar is open to all and no booking is required. Contact David Paton for any queries (email: / tel: 01326 565632).

Tracing Granite: In search of a white cross has been commissioned by Groundwork, supported by Arts Council England. The field trip has been developed with support from Feast Cornwall, National Trust South West and the University of Plymouth.

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