NSA Member Catherine Knight has just published a book of her recent Isolation Windows project. Here she explains how the project came about…..


“During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, I collected images of people’s windows in isolation. Using social media and connections with friends and friends of friends, I managed to collect images from across the globe. 

In the short amount of time that I carved out to paint in, I made small gouache paintings from the photos. It gave me a rhythm and project in this topsy- turvy time. It allowed me to visit other people’s houses, other countries, other continents, albeit in my imagination, and ponder our shared global experience.

The project is continuing during the second lockdown, so if you want to get involved send me a photo of your window, including the frame.”

Isolation Windows book brings together 81 of Catherine Knight’s Isolation Window paintings made between March and July of 2020. With an introductory essay by Lizzie Lloyd and 82 full colour illustrations of the gouache paintings this makes a beautiful and timely art book.
Dimensions: 297 x 211 x 8mm
Colourplan 350gsm cover, 170gsm silk dust jacket and 150gsm silk coated pages
This act of shared imagining is timely, offering sensations of closeness with friends and strangers alike. Though actual human figures never find their way into her paintings explicitly, they are ever-present by implication, through traces of everyday actions: the top of a chair tucked under a table, a towel drying on a railing, a window left ajar, a curtain hurriedly not-quite-drawn. These domestic objects and adornings become proxies for the absent humans; the scenes as a whole, like still-life glimpses into the lives of others.” 
Extract from essay “A view of one’s own” by Lizzie Lloyd, 2020
Book is available to buy  catherineknight.bigcartel.com

Follow the link Edge of Dark to watch the video on YouTube.

We are pleased to announce that Julia Giles has created a wonderful video documentation of Edge of Dark, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations presented by the Newlyn Society of Artists and curated by artist Jesse Leroy Smith at Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance Oct 10th to Nov 1st 2020.




Edge of Dark

Tremenheere Gallery

10 October to 1 November 2020

This October at Tremenheere Gallery the Newlyn Society of Artists presents ‘Edge of Dark’, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations which explore ideas of light and dark, curated by respected artist Jesse Leroy Smith. For this exhibition, NSA members have been invited to consider themes around ‘Edge of Dark’ in any way they choose. Some have produced work which is abstract in nature, exploring line, colour, shape, light and shade. Some have looked at edges and tone in landscape, natural forms or figurative work, while others have created works which consider the issues facing our society in these challenging times.

Curator Jesse Leroy Smith says:

“The title was provocative enough last year [when it was originally posed, before the pandemic], it felt like so much was changing. Now it seems we are in the darkest days, but that is when resilience, camaraderie and hope are forged. One reason I am excited to curate this show is because it was conceived before 2020. It can address the foreboding challenges we face in every aspect of our futures, not with rhetoric and ideologies but with crayons to paper, ink to plaster. The show will be poor in cynicism and rich in wonder.”

This exhibition is the latest in a must-see programme by West Cornwall’s historic Newlyn Society of Artists. Admission to the gallery is free.

For opening times and more information see www.tremenheere.co.uk (link is external)

For more information on artists talks or on-line events visit: www.nsanewlyn.com

See Edge of Dark from 10 October to 1 November at Tremenheere Gallery, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, TR20 8YL. For further information see www.tremenheere.co.uk (link is external) or www.nsanewlyn.com

Edge Of Dark Exhibition Details

Editors Notes

Newlyn Society of Artists

Founded in 1896 by an influential group of artists, the NSA today is a diverse group of around 85 contemporary artists working across all disciplines from painting and sculpture to performance, the moving image and more. The NSA is run by an annually elected voluntary committee, who continue to seek new opportunities and welcome new membership applications. In 2017, the NSA began an exciting new partnership with Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, whose new, contemporary gallery space is the venue for their twice-yearly exhibitions.

The weight of glories, Belinda Whiting
Mercedes Smith shines a light on a thought-provoking new exhibition. 

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Checked Out, Manon Dowse

Some light at the Edge of Dark art show brings hope.

Hope in an age of cynicism and fear are stand out features of this show, says Frank Ruhrmund.

Read the full article as PDF by clicking on the following link to Western Morning News, October 17th, 2020

Edge of Dark – Featured in Cornwall Life – October 2020

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'Mary's Dream' (After Artemisia) Una D’Aragona

The NSA is delighted to announce that several of our members plus the curator of Edge of Dark have been shortlisted for the Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards.

Congratulations to Andrew Litten, Jack Paffett, Marie-Claire Hamon, Pete Webster, Simon Averill, and Una d’Aragona. and the wonderful curator Jesse Leroy Smith.

The exhibition can be viewed online by following the link to Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards

The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards is an international open competition for contemporary visual arts which has established a strong presence in the London art world and which is drawing artists from places as diverse as Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States. Open to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video. The WAC Awards aims to stimulate debate, challenge and provoke, pushing the boundaries of the visual arts scene both nationally and internationally.