The NSA is a group of about one hundred and forty professional artists who either live in the South West or have strong connections with the area. The membership is composed of artists working across the full range of contemporary media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video/digital, site specific and performance. The NSA has a close working relationship with The Exchange in Penzance and Newlyn Art Gallery where it has had its home since its formation more than a century ago. It is run by a committee elected annually from the membership. The current Chairperson is Marilyn Middlemiss.
The N.S.A. was originally founded in 1896 by a group of painters in order to organize and manage exhibitions at the then newly built Newlyn Art Gallery. The gallery was built by the benefactor John Passmore Edwards on land donated by C.N. Le Grice and given to the artists based in Newlyn who were later to become known as the Newlyn School. In the following years the N.S.A and the exhibitions at Newlyn have formed a centre of interest for the arts in the South West. The developments in art over the last century are reflected in the names of the many artists who have exhibited at the Gallery or who have been members of the NSA. A very brief list would include Stanhope Forbes, Norman Garstin, Walter Langley, Lamorna Birch, Dod Proctor, Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Patrick Heron, John Wells, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Terry Frost.
The artists of the NSA work in an area of the country that is rich in artistic history and has an extraordinarily active and vibrant contemporary art scene. Newlyn Art Gallery has since its inception provided a wonderful showcase for the work of the artists of the NSA. Newly extended and refurbished and with the addition of The Exchange in Penzance it continues to show work produced in the region as part of a rich mix of art from the national and international scene.
Applications for Membership
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP TO THE NEWLYN SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
If you would like to apply to become a member of the NSA it is important that you review the reasons why you want to join. The selection protocol involves meeting several criteria.
1 Please explore our website thoroughly.
i. A selection of no more than ten high quality images, which demonstrate the range and quality of your work, including video extracts where appropriate, in PowerPoint format on a CD, DVD format, or memory stick.
ii. A statement of no more than 500 words (as a Word document) that describes [a] your current practice and the dominant themes of your work, and how this constitutes a coherent body of work; [b] the relationship of your work to contemporary art critical discourses; [c] why you wish to become part of the NSA, stating what you could offer the society and how you might be proactive in its development.
iii. A brief, current CV (as a Word document) including details of exhibitions and related activities. Your name, address, email and website address.
You will be informed once the committee has met and made its decision via email or post.