Now booking Tate St Ives Exhibition

Adam James: KEMENETH

a plasticine-like scuplure, created digitally is situated in a beach landscape in St Ives

KEMENETH concept sketch 2021, courtesy of the artist Adam James

Experience this special artist’s commission at Tate St Ives and around St Ives

Adam James (b.1978) is a British artist whose work brings people together, often using ‘live action role play’ (LARP). KEMENETH – the Cornish word for community – is an artist’s project developed by James in collaboration with St Ives communities and Tate St Ives.

One group of local collaborators, PlayClub, have been meeting in a series of online sessions to playfully explore their experiences of the past two years. Together, the group have created two fictional community collectives which embody solutions to individual, local and national needs. One collective, The Fiery Foraging Warriors, is based around ideals of ‘living off the land’ as equals, and centres on a green space on the upper outskirts of St Ives. The other, The Inclusive Isolationists Society, proposes a creative community on a fictional ‘island of strange events’ off the West Penwith coast. Both share an interest in moving away from the social isolation and reliance on technology they had experienced since March 2020, in favour of more cooperative and fair modes of living.

PlayClub members have imagined characters and inspired costumes and banners associated with each fictional collective, which have been produced by Adam James and the Kemeneth Makers Collective, made up of local people with an interest in textiles. These elements are brought together in an immersive installation, The Improbable Meeting of Two Fictive Solutions to a Shared Problem, created by James at Tate St Ives.

Running concurrently to the gallery display are two 'augmented reality’ (AR) environments by James – The Inclusive Isolationist Society at the Island of Strange Events and The Fiery Foraging Warriors – which can be discovered at two locations in St Ives. Using a smartphone app, these outdoor public spaces are brought to life with an immersive experience that reflects the ideas and values of each of the two fictional collectives.


The Island, St Ives, TR26 1SZ

St Ives Community Orchard and Nature Reserve, Penbeagle Lane, St Ives, TR26 2HS

There is one entrance to Tate St Ives from Porthmeor Beach. This has a ramp and a flight of steps with a handrail.

  • There is lift access and level access to most areas of the gallery
  • Accessible toilets are located on the third floor at Tate St Ives close to Gallery 6

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In the gallery, visitor numbers are being carefully managed. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas, protective screens on desks and counters and hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery. ​

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With special thanks to all community collaborators, contributors and supporters:


Simon Ashbery
Georgia Barker
Catelyn Cox
Jo Grant
Wendy Gribbin
Susi Gutierrez
Heidi Kirk-Mackrell
Erin Lacy
Sheila Scholes

Kemeneth Makers Collective

Ethan Carney
Stephanie Croydon
Rikke Digerud
Alice Ellis-Bray
Marion Heasman
Anna Martin
Juliet Middleton-Batts
Stephanie Thomason

Community Figureheads

Janet Axten
Elise Langley
Morag Robertson
Nicole Tessiman
Reverend Nicholas Widdows

Project realised with funds received by Tate St Ives as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Tate St Ives

Foyle Studio and around St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


27 November 2021 – 6 February 2022

Currently booking to 16 January 2022


This exhibition is included with gallery admission

  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting
  • Free with admission, Tate Membership or Locals’ Pass

See Booking and Ticketing FAQs.

The AR app is free and will be available to download soon.

Related events

  • Online event

    Online role-play: Badwrongfun

    28 Nov 2021, 6 Feb 2022

    Badwrongfun is a larp (live action role play) workshop led by artist Adam James