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2017 Swarm, a collaborative project with artist Timothy Crowley commisioned by Falmouth University

Swarm is inspired by a dream. In 1265 the Bishop of Exeter, Walter Bronescombe, was told in a dream by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, to found a college in Penryn on the site of a large willow tree that contained a swarm of bees. Glasney College was built very close to what is today Falmouth University and stood for 300 years. The College was a highly regarded place of study and creativity.

In commemoration of Penryns extraordinary history Swarm was created with the help of local people, staff and students from Falmouth University. All took part in a series of bee making workshops where they made press-molded clay bees.

These bees have been incorporated into a ceramic swarm and the final sculpture will be sited in a designated willow tree on the university campus. The ceramic sculpture will celebrate the towns notable and longstanding connection with educational institutions both in Penryn and Exeter. Swarm will be installed and presented on campus In October 2018.



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