FLORENCE BROWNE
DOCUMENTARIES

MORDONNOW/ SEA WAVES

Exploring the life and works of Cornish singer, poet

and cultural ambassador Brenda Wootton (1928 - 1994)

Supported by Arts Council England and FEAST Cornwall, and working with production company Bosena,

I was the Lead Artist developing an exhibition and new moving image work exploring

Brenda's work in her own words. 

Redwing Gallery, Penzance 2-6 October

Count House, Botallack 8-11 October

Brenda Wootton grew up in West Cornwall in the 1930s, and with no formal musical training developed a later-life career as an international touring musician. An unlikely star, by the 1980s she would be recognised by fans on the streets of Paris, while back home she was simply:

 

‘…Brenda from Penzance, one of us, doing rather well overseas. Unknown to us she could regularly fill the most prestigious halls in capitals all over Europe, meet and perform with the major stars of the day, shake hands with presidents and royalty, and conquer all she met with her music and supercharged personality.’ (Mike Sagar-Fenton)

 

She took her love of Cornwall with her wherever she went, and was hailed as a champion of Cornish culture from as far afield as Australia and Canada. 'Mordonnow/Sea Waves', made possible with support from Arts Council England and FEAST, is a collaboration between Florence and cultural start-up Bosena, led by Denzil Monk. The project worked with Brenda's family and fans to establish a new public archive documenting her life, along with a new audio-visual work and immersive gallery exhibitions hosted by the Redwing Gallery and the National Trust (October 2021)

VISIT THE ONLINE EXHIBITION

Links 

www.bosena.co.uk

www.brendawootton.org

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