The 2014 AGM and Discovery Day was on Saturday 8th November at Zennor Lecture Theatre, Penwith College, St Clare St, Penzance TR18 2SA
As a charity the Trust must hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year where Trustees are voted onto or step down from Council and our previous year's accounts are accepted. All Trust members can attend and vote at our AGM and we encourage our members to use this right. On the day we like to add additional entertainment and interest by way of talks delivered by Trust staff and guest speakers. This is the 'Discovery' part of the day, where attendees get to learn in depth about the Trust's conservation work. We welcome everyone, not just members, to attend the talks to learn about how Cornwall Wildlife Trust protects Cornwall's wildlife and wild places. We also have a range of information stands and sales goods on the day, including our wonderful Wild Cornwall calendar,
This year we had the following exciting and informative talks:
- ‘Bostraze and Bartinney Nature Reserves - a year on' - Liz Cox, Wild Penwith Project Manager, Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
- ‘From tropical sea to Arctic wasteland and beyond - a brief history of Land's End' - Frank Howie, Cornwall Wildlife Trust Trustee and Chairman of the Cornwall Geoconservation Group.
- ‘Rockpool wonders empowering communities' - Matt Slater, Marine Awareness Officer, Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
- Special Guest Speaker: ‘A stank down the cliffs' by Kurt Jackson, celebrated Cornish artist.
Kurt Jackson was born is 1961 in Blandford, Dorset. He graduated from St Peter’s College, Oxford with a degree in Zoology in 1983. While there, he spent most of his time painting and attending courses at Ruskin College of Art, Oxford. On gaining his degree he travelled extensively and independently, painting wherever he went. He travelled to the Arctic alone and hitched across Africa with his wife. This has given him a broad experience of environments and cultures which has enriched his work with a unique insight and an attention to detail. He moved to Cornwall in 1984 where he still lives and works, taking great inspiration from our wildlife and wild places.
A dedication to and celebration of the environment is intrinsic to his art and he has frequently worked with Cornwall Wildlife Trust over the years. Jackson's practice involves both plein air and studio work and embraces an extensive range of materials and techniques including mixed media, large canvases, print making and sculpture.
He was welcomed to our Discovery Day as our special guest speaker by our President, Professor Jan Pentreath.