Kurt Jackson in bullish mood as St Just show brings out treasures at Royal Cornwall Museum

By Ben Miller | 19 September 2012
A black and white photo of a man staring at a tiny bronze figure of a bull in his hand
Kurt Jackson and the tin bull© Seth Jackson
Exhibition: Kurt Jackson and St Just, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, September 21 – November 2 2012

Without consulting definitive figures, it’s a safe bet to suggest there might be a large number of bulls in the pastoral St Just area of West Cornwall.

So artist Kurt Jackson’s attempt to photograph every bull in the parish, accompanied by its farmer in a series of postcards, is no mean feat.

An acclaimed painter, Jackson was invigorated by a small bronze Apis bull found in a hedge in St Just 180 years ago, currently on display in the museum’s new Ancient Civilisations Gallery and thought to originate from the late Egyptian period.

After winning permission from the Duchy of Cornwall and Natural England, he mined his own tin from a deposit in the Cot Valley to create his own St Just Bull in a project filmed by the BBC.

“I come here regularly in search of inspiration,” he says, also putting sketches, sculptures and smaller works on show.

“It’s an essential place to come if you’re fascinated by Cornwall – the collections appeal to people of all ages. This is an opportunity to showcase some of St Just’s treasures.”

Local antiquities, specimens, photos and books adorn the display in a local flourish with an ancient appeal.

  • Open 10am-4.45pm (closed Sunday). Admission £5 (one-year pass, free for under-19s). The BBC footage will be broadcast on Inside Out during autumn 2012.
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