Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project

Bringing communities together to celebrate the heritage themes behind this pilgrim route.

St. Michael’s Way was used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land’s End.

Dating back to pre-historic times (10,000BC – 410AD), it is believed that this route assisted in Cornwall’s rapid conversion into a Christian faith.

The trail stretches from Lelant (near St. Ives) to Marazion (near Penzance) and stretches 12.5 miles/19.5 km. 

Project Aims:  

  • To create animated films on the theme of St Michael’s Way that can be shared and distributed widely promoting learning and appreciation for this historic route.

Future aims:

  • To form collaborations to raise awareness of St Michael’s Way both regionally and internationally.
  • To work together to ensure that the route is maintained and conserved for future generations.

When: September 2017- September 2018

Where: Penwith

Who: Community Groups, businesses, Schools, Archive Centre, volunteers, historians, specialists and artists.

Project outline

After a period of consultation Tough Dough will deliver a series of activities that will include walks, talks, Tea treats and cooking events, art activities and film screenings.

Learning Outcomes

Tough Dough will raise the awareness of St Michael’s Way in different ways:

Heritage, history, health and wellbeing and cultural connections with Europe

About Tough Dough

Tough Dough is a Community Interest Company. Tough Dough artists have been delivering creative projects in the community for 12 years.  Project themes have included Cornish culture, festivals, food and heritage. Workshops and activities are inclusive and aimed at diverse groups and schools. The outcomes include public events and displays, tea treats and exhibitions, with an aim to encourage participation and stimulate new audiences through celebratory events.

Below is an animated film made by St Uny C of E School as part of the Stepping St Michael’s Way project.

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