The committee will be looking at applications from potential new members this week February 18th. However, there may be a possibility to accept applications at a later date in April/May so if you were thinking of applying but haven’t done so yet, it’s not too late. Please click the Join Us link to find out more about the application process.
As part of the EXPERIENCE project, the Cornwall Council team is looking to commission an artist/a consortium of artists to create an arts trail along the Marazion – Penzance Coast Path.
This is an exceptional opportunity to create an artistic landmark in Cornwall. This arts trail will encourage people to connect with Penzance’s cultural and natural assets, providing an opportunity for contemplation, reflection and engagement.
We are open to innovative and bold ideas and particularly welcome proposals that reflect outstanding and socially engaged practice. We expect the artworks to be sustainable in line with the project’s ethos encouraging sustainable tourism as well as cycling/walking along the path.
This is part of the EXPERIENCE project, co-funded by Cornwall Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg France (Channel) England programme under the Natural and Cultural Heritage funding category.
How to apply
Applicants will need to submit a CV/artist biography, artistic statement, a detailed proposal, including a 5 min video presenting your proposal to the panel of experts, and a budget breakdown.
Applicants’ submissions will be evaluated by panels of experts including the Director of Newlyn Art Gallery/the Exchange, Director of Tate St Ives, Director of Grays Warf, representatives of Penzance community members and elected members.
Applicants will need to submit their tender via the application platform.
Please review both the quality and commercial assessment criteria for more details, including the submission checklist, as well as the supporting documents to help with your proposal.
Due to UK and EU rules for procurement, all questions need to be raised via your login account on the application platform.
Deadline for applications: 5th March 2021
The visitors of the Wells Art Contemporary 2020 virtual exhibition have voted for their favourite artwork, and the results are in… The People’s Choice Award went to Basic Space, an oil on canvas by Somerset-based artist and NSA member Jack Paffett.
Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance is currently showing an exhibition of paintings by former NSA member Tony Giles. Although the museum is closed at the moment due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the exhibition is set to run until the 28th April, 2021 so perhaps there will be a chance to visit if the lockdown rules are eased. You can read about the show here
NSA member Tim Ridley has a special affinity with Tony Giles’ work and has written a review on his website.
Paintings, I always feel, should speak for themselves and bear viewing without the backup of statements and blurb. Tony Giles’s work does just that, I was taken in and charmed from the off. The bold reds of Penzance station 1989 pulled me in and then the language of simple train forms led me towards the sea and the horizon where a ship sits expectantly. A heads up that Tony was ‘into’ trains pervades, wrapped up in a naive painting style which celebrates the joy of Penzance in all it’s weird and wonderful grit and beauty.
Tony Giles in West Cornwall, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, until 28th April 2021. The exhibition Newlyn School Interiors is also on show until 17th April 2021
NSA Member Paula Whitbread-Roberts‘ current exhibition of paintings Sanguine is available to view online as the proposed opening at the Jupiter Gallery in Newlyn has been postponed for the second time due to lockdown restrictions.
The majority of the work has been produced since the first lockdown and represents her immediate environment, early morning and evening walks around the lake and quiet moments of contemplation in her garden. Paula explains about the thought processes behind her work:
My paintings invariably have a narrative and reflect my thought processes at any given time. The images within the paintings evolve from personal experiences, observations, many hours of wakefulness spent reading, walking, swimming in the sea and pools and are very much interpretations of my imagination..
During strange times and unusual circumstances, we are forced to think deeply about life, with perhaps melancholy thoughts sometimes beginning to emerge. A true sense of perspective simmers just beneath the surface of the mind or maybe thoughts are extruded from deep within the psyche…
You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition in her home gallery here.
Delpha with First Proofs of Theatre of the Self
Congratulations to Delpha Hudson on the publication of her book project The Theatre of the Self. Taking its starting point from a 30 day performance of reading, editing and burning 30+ diaries (2017), the Theatre of the Self documents a personal journey through life stories and encourages us to re-think our stories for good mental health. A limited edition of 100 copies of the Theatre of the Self A6 box set of documentation & interactive mental health diaries is available for purchase at £19.95. The work will be featured at the Arnolfini Gallery and the BABE art book fair in 2021.
You can also see how the project was documented on Instagram
NSA Member Janet Lynch has just had a feature published in the latest issue of The Jackdaw magazine. In it she writes compellingly of her experience exhibiting her anti-war paintings in an exhibition accompanying a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral in 1987 and of the powerful responses her work evoked. You can read the article here
Congratulations to NSA Members Dana Finch and Dan Pyne on the inclusion of their work in a newly published 115 page full-colour, hard cover book Of Earth, For Earth consisting of dialogue between artists, community representatives, industrialists and educators. The book aims to inspire debate about human interactions with the Earth, while our consumption of resources grows ever larger and while the environments on which we depend face an uncertain future. Dana Finch is one of the editors of the book and also initiated and curated the exhibition of the same name in March 2020 at the Heartlands Museum and Heritage Centre in Pool, Camborne. The exhibiting artists there were: Dan Pyne, Jack Hirons, James Hankey, Henrietta Simson, Heidi Flaxman and Josie Purcell. Five additional artists were shortlisted and their work appears in the book – Chloe Uden, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Hetty Wilson, Alan Smith and Alison Cooke.
The book also contains essays and short texts by a wide variety of contributors who are all involved in mining in various ways and was created as part of the IMPaCT project, (at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter), which was funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.
Copies of the book are available at a cost of £10 for a limited time only before they go on sale to the general public next year for around £20, and can currently be ordered by emailing D.Finch3@exeter.ac.uk . Further information at www.oefe.co.uk
NSA members Yolande Armstrong, Ingrid Newton, Gareth Edwards and Peter Ward are very pleased to have had work selected for this year’s Royal West of England Academy Open in Bristol. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed because of Coronavirus restrictions… not once, but twice now! However they have just announced that they are now selling on-line, and might be open later in December, but will (almost) definitely be open from January 2nd to March 7th 2021. To view the online catalogue click here
Member Tim Ridley will be exhibiting new work, paintings and assemblage, at Daisy Lang, Old Bakehouse Lane, Chapel St, Penzance from the 15th of December 2020 to the 2nd of Jan 2021.
For opening times and details Here