Three artists living and working in St Ives are showing a selection of their work in a group exhibition in St Ives this July. The show runs from 17th July to 30th July at the Crypt Gallery, Mariners Church, Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1LU. Opening hours 10.30am – 5.00pm daily.

Heather McAlpine is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and a member of the St Ives Society of Artists. Working from her studio nearby in Whites Old Workshops (studio 2), her current body of work reflects her love of wild swimming and the colours of the St Ives coastline.

Heather McAlpine

Mike Newton is a committee member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and currently works in Studio 4a in White’s Porthmeor Studios on Porthmeor Road, St Ives. He will be showing recent works from his ongoing series of paintings, mixing abstraction with figuration, narrating the myths in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

2019 Boreas abducting Oreithyia 140×120 Mike Newton

Lynette Pierce is a member and director of the St. Ives Society of Artists and an associate member of the Penwith Gallery, and works from her Penwith studio no. 5 Back Road East, St Ives. Lynette’s colourful abstract paintings are inspired by the natural textures of her coastal surroundings.

Lynette Pierce

NSA Member Susan Kinley is exhibiting work in the exhibition Time-Lapse at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro until 1st August. This is the first exhibition by the Design Nation South West group, with work including ceramic installations, tapestry, metal and jewellery. Opening hours are 10am – 4pm, closed Sunday & Monday. There is a £5 admission charge for the museum, but there is also a drawing show on at the moment.

In her work for Time-Lapse, Susan is showing a series of shaped glass wall panels made before and during the pandemic. They include fragmented imagery from photographs taken at intervals from a Bronze Age site at Tregeseal, West Cornwall, over many months. This wild landscape is constantly changing and also timeless, where stones and boundaries have survived for millennia. The kilnfired glass pieces encapsulate both a suspension of time and a continuum; before, during and beyond an unprecedented period of change and turbulence.

‘Mark This Moment’  

A joint exhibition of abstract works by contemporary painters Laura Menzies & Stephanie Sandercock  

The Crypt, Mariners Church, Norway Square, St Ives. TR26 1NA

Sat June 26th– Fri July 2nd /  Open 10 – 5pm daily.

‘Mark this Moment’ is a joint exhibition by contemporary painters Laura Menzies and Stephanie Sandercock that showcases recent work, documenting the artists’ individual experiences of this unique time.   Demonstrating a powerful approach to process and the materiality of paint, this exhibition aims to provide a contemplative and uplifting space where viewers can lose themselves in the rich layers of texture, colour and marks that unite these works. Both artists will be at the gallery during the duration of the exhibition to greet visitors and share more about their paintings and processes.

Laura combines oil, cold wax, collage and spray paint to create abstract paintings that are lyrical in style. Her work has an organic and imperfect feel and often contains harmonious pallets and soft shapes, inspired by living stones thrown from the coastline. www.lauramenzies.co.uk

Stephanie creates unique effects with ground limestone and marble plaster. Large-scale acrylic works on aluminium and rusted steel add a strong physical presence to the show, while delicate natural mica crystals catch the light like quartz in the Cornish coastal rock. www.stephaniesandercock.com

Looking Forward

‘After a year of being locked-down, shut-down and closed in, this show is a chance to reflect on past experiences, or look to the future and expand our horizons… Art can give us a way to explore our own souls – there has been a powerful energy in the NSA during these times of change and we’d like to invite people to come and share this. In the beautiful space of Tremenheere Gallery, you will undoubtedly find ‘Looking Forward’ thoughtful, serious, joyful, sometimes playful… and up-lifting’, Yolande Armstrong, Chair of the NSA.

Read more Looking Forward Press release

Read more List of exhibitors Looking Forward 2021

Sat 19 June – Sun 11 July 2021
Tremenheere Gallery

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YL

The exhibition is subject to government guidelines

‘ALKEMI – 

 in search of re-Enchantment’  

Sara Bor, Feargal Shiels, Pete Ward and Patricia Wilson Smith

Jupiter Gallery

3 Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, TR18 5HQ 

Tuesday 15th June – Monday 28th June 2021

Open 12 – 5p.m. daily

In the wake of a second national lockdown, is it realistic to return to the way we are accustomed to living?  While imminent threats such as climate change are pressing from all sides, do we allow our governments to divert us with promises of a new ‘normal, or should we be looking back, to learn lessons from the past?  

These are the questions shared by four artists who launch their exhibition of experimental work at Jupiter Gallery in Newlyn, on 15th June. 

‘Perhaps we should embrace the darkness?’ suggests Pete Ward, whose work involves intimate contact with the earth as an animate force. Pete works instinctively using natural materials and primitive processes to express his relationship with his environment.

Painter Sara Bor, who explores landscape in its many forms, has been using earth pigments in recent paintings, and has begun tracing the history of land use on the farmland where she has lived for 25 years. Feargal Shiels mines meaning from the repetition of quiet acts of drawing and painting. His meditative work recalls a simpler, monastic tradition. Patricia Wilson Smith, who curates the exhibition, uses clay to explore the power of the primitive. She believes we have gone too far in our destruction of the natural world.  ‘So my work is about mourning: my cups and bowls are empty, blackened, damaged. We have lost ourselves and lost the earth and it seems we don’t have the will or the power to reclaim it.’ 

Alkemi is a dark exhibition, but not without hope. The artists will also explore the possibilities for optimism, and invite visitors to join their discussion ‘In search of re-Enchantment’  on Saturday 26th June at 3pm. 

 

The artists are members of the Newlyn Society of Artists, and Alkemi is a satellite show to the Society’s spring exhibition ‘Looking Forward’ which will run concurrently at the Tremenheere gallery.

Admission to Jupiter gallery is free. For opening times and more information: email

patwilsonsmith@icoud.com   Please observe Covid guidelines; masks and social distancing at all times in the gallery.

 

Alkemi – Exhibition at Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn. Four artists explore their relationship to an uncertain future through experimentation with materials, a deep connection to the landscape in which they live, and a desire to reclaim fragments of their personal history.

Contact: Patricia Wilson Smith 01736 788358 or 07530 446499

Participating Artists:

Sara Bor is a painter based in Devon. Her new project documents the historical and current  land-use of where she has lived for almost quarter of a century and some of the people who have lived and farmed the land. www.sarabor.co.uk 

Feargal Shiels  graduated in June 2015 from the BA (Hons) Drawing course at Falmouth University. His mixed media works on paper are inspired by contemplative transcription as well as by the West Cornwall landscape.  www.feargalshiels.com

Pete Ward’s artistic practice is rooted in a sense of evolving human relationships within the animate earth. An intimate response to the social and ecological conditions of our age, his work is shared through painting, photography, workshops, installations and presentations.  www.peterward-artist-illustrator.co.uk

Patricia Wilson Smith is a multimedia artist whose work in recent years is evolving into a personal archive of the landscape of West Penwith. Through paintings, digital media, words and now clay, she continually explores the everyday of her natural surroundings. In 2016 she moved to Cornwall from Kent, where her practice included curatorial collaborations and exhibitions.   Inventing Alkemi has given her an opportunity to shape and curate an exhibition that questions our expectations about returning to a ‘normal’ life post-Lockdown. www.patriciawilsonartist.com

Artist Talk – ‘In search of re-Enchantment’ Saturday 26th June 3-4pm   This talk will begin in the gallery and depending on numbers will continue outside in a convenient location to maintain social distancing. Visitors are encouraged to join in with the discussion.

Image: Fergal Shiels (paint on card)

Image: Pat Wilson Smith (black clay and sand)

Image: Sara Bor, (paint and found objects)

Image: Pete Ward (earth face and body painting, video collaboration with Sean White-Hayes’)

 

 

Since it was founded in 1994, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has established a reputation as the UK’s most important annual exhibition of drawing. Led by Professor Anita Taylor, the Prize is known for supporting artists, celebrating contemporary drawing, and championing the art form’s role. And it’s back for its 26th edition in 2021! The exhibition and awards are open to applications by emerging, mid-career and established drawing practitioners UK-wide and internationally and the exhibition will be launched at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London in September 2021 before touring to venues across the UK. A fully illustrated publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 15th June 5pm. Full submission details can be found here.

 

NSA Member Ashley Hanson is showing work in a new exhibition at the Crypt Gallery, St Ives. There will be a large selection of paintings from the ‘Porthleven’, ‘Penzance’ and ‘City of Glass’ series, including recent works on show for the first time. Ashley will also be working on a new ‘Porthleven’ painting during the week in the gallery. The show runs from 29th May to 4th June at the Crypt Gallery, Mariners Church, Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1LU. Opening hours 11am – 5pm daily.

WATCH THIS SPACE…

The NSA are proud to be part of Penzance Arts Festival 2021 – PZ.21/Create

Friday 4 – Sunday 20 June, 2021
(NSA taking part: from Sat 12 – Fri 18 June)

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NSA members Bo Hilton and Jack Paffet are taking part in The Shape of Colour – a group show at the PZ Gallery in Penzance. This show brings together four artists who share common concerns. Allowing the autonomy of painting to shape the final image is an interest that runs throughout the exhibition.

The works are united by their retinal quality. A strong sense of colour, pattern and painterly brush marks can be seen throughout the show. Each piece treads the line between figuration and abstraction, fragments of the natural world and memories become starting points, but never solid in their formation. The paintings become amalgamations of visual references, which incorporate emotional and psychological responses to these observations. The ambiguous nature of the works encourage the viewer to question and decipher the spaces in front of them.

The show runs from 20th – 30th May at the PZ Gallery, 7 Coinagehall St, Penzance TR18 4AY

Andrew Litten‘s exhibition ‘Fragile Together’ is currently on show at JD Malat Gallery in Mayfair, London. This exhibition brings together recent large-scale figurative paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works on paper. Fragile Together is a raw and visceral multifaceted body of work that reflects our shared human vulnerability. The varied expressive handling of materials and the wide-ranging subjects denote the artist’s requirement for emotive articulacy. This body of work conveys potential human alienation and neurosis, whilst also reflecting our complicated co-existence. Through intensity, disturbance and agitation the works in this exhibition aim to encourage readings of compassion. Litten hopes to contribute to the dialogue of developing a kinder society.

The work itself is intended to be unguarded, full of raw nerves and emotionally varied. I look to create art that speaks of the love, anger, loss, personal growth and the private confusions we all experience in our lives. Where our vulnerability is made apparent, there is then a potential to relate to others. I want this exhibition to nurture a life affirming sense of our shared humanity and encourage wider readings of compassion. Empathy is powerful. Through these works I seek to create stories of authenticity and to explore the part of us that wants to care — to compress a sense of endurance of human spirit.
Andrew Litten.

The exhibition runs from 12 May – 6 June 2021 at JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street, Mayfair London W1K 4NB Exhibition Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm. Saturday, 12pm – 6pm.
More information on the exhibition here

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