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“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.”

John Keats


Open The Box Arts are delighted to be working with women from Hayle Women’s Institute. These women have varying stories covering places, countries and continents. Over a period of months, we will uncover and celebrate these women’s stories which explore their connections to the landscape of Cornwall and beyond.

These stories will come to life using visual art, sound score and moving image. This rich material will be housed in a bespoke cabinet and will be on tour around Cornwall from July.

Come and see the cabinet, listen to the women’s stories, peer in, lift the lid, open a door and take a moment to enjoy.

Audiences will see images that tell of a much-loved toy, of travels and longing for home. There will be writings that tell of palm trees and gorse and families longed for. There will be women’s voices speaking from the heart.


Concept – Melanie Young and Caroline Schanche

Design and build of cabinet – Duncan Ratcliffe

Film and sound – Gil Ratcliffe