NSA members Ashley Hanson and Sar Bor are showing work in a joint exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in St Ives, opening on Sat 11th and running until Fri 17th June. The Private View is on Sat afternoon from 4-6pm.

Friends and colleagues for 10 years, Hanson and Bor explore some of the same subject matter with distinct approaches.  Hanson has twin strands to his practice: the coastal work based on his love of the Cornish coastline and ports, and his book paintings. ‘Painting the Novel’ investigates the combination of a painting being both a tangible object and an illusion: both abstraction and figuration. Duality denotes the character of his paintings. https://www.ashleyhanson.co.uk/

‘As an artist I crave/need surprise, not sameness: it is what you ‘do’ with the source material that matters, a piece must be its own thing and have a joyous independence.’ Ashley Hanson

With a deep-rooted connection to the land, Bor explores associations and memories of familiar places.  Her paintings investigate the geography of eroded moorlands, rugged coastlines and the haunting decay of industrial interventions. The physicality of the canvas symbolises the materiality of imagined and remembered places. https://sarabor.co.uk/

‘The essence of my practice is a correlation with the materials themselves and the processes involved.’ Sara Bor

Whilst completing his MA in Painting at Arts University Plymouth (formerly Plymouth College of Art) Tim won a Turing travel award. He is spending June in Ghent, meeting with Michaël Borremans at his studio, and firming up ties with Singulart in Paris. The painting  “De Maagd” (The Virgin), featured was a gift from Borremans and is high up on the brutalist concrete bell tower next to church of St Nicholas’.



Penzance Studios SUMMER SHOW, PZ Gallery, Penzance.

11th – 26th June  2022. Opening daily: 11- 5.

OPENING PARTY: Sat 11 June  5 – 7pm

We are a group of Penzance based artists who want to promote Penzance as a thriving Artist’s community.

NSA member Mike Newton is showing his series of paintings Women You Should Know at the Borlase Smart Room in Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives. The show runs from 28th May to 4th June from 2.00-5.00pm daily


As a project during the 2021 COVID-19 lockdown I painted 60 Oil sketches of female poets to accompany a Cento (A Collage Poem) composed of lines from their poetry. The planned exhibition in 2021 was then cancelled due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant. They are now finally going to be shown next week in St Ives, Cornwall.

Writing a cento is a kind of an extension of reading, a way to prolong the pleasure of lines and quotations as a souvenir of the reading experience. It becomes a mosaic of treasured lines that may provoke and or amuse the reader in their new context.

In this form of poetry, lines are “lifted” from other sources and “woven” together to create a new, whole poem that stands on its own. Each portrait is 25x23cm on prepared paper and is titled with the line that poet has had selected for the Cento composed by Johana C. Migdal in commemoration of women’s history month annually observed in March.

Further info and a video of the featured paintings accompanied by a reading of the poem can be found here

As I Was Going to St Ives is a new documentary film about three visual artists who work with text and who have connections to St Ives – NSA member Vivian Pedley, together with artists Rex Dixon and Adrian Frost. Showing at the Penwith Gallery in St Ives, with an accompanying exhibition, the film will premiere on the 13th September with a 5.30 opening and bar. It will then continue showing during the St Ives September Festival from 14 – 24 September 2022.  A short trailer for the film can be seen here


NSA member Simon Averill has a new show featuring his ‘Entanglement’ series of paintings at the Anima Mundi gallery in St Ives. The exhibition runs from 28th May to 11th July.

Scientists accept there is much that is unknown or misunderstood about ‘Quantum Entanglement’. It is this uncertainty that gives him scope and inspiration as an artist to imagine and explore. A physicist might say that form and colour do not, indeed cannot, exist at the fundamental level. As an artist he is not bound by these physical constraints – he has permission to misunderstand, to go beyond the physics, to make space for imagination and art.

These paintings are part of a series of over a hundred works that act like thought experiments taking place obsessively and systematically over a number of recent years. Speculative decisions are applied and carried out, each brushstroke a particle, each layer a wave.


As a painter I deal with illusory space on a two dimensional surface. I am testing the possibilities of liminal space where the focus of attention is on or just below the surface. My aim is to heighten the tensions that exist in and between the paintings; the juxtaposition of colour and mark create an optical disturbance that requires the eye to be constantly shifting to locate a point of focus. I work on the paintings in pairs, as they progress the connection can become more or less explicit. New entanglements are made on the surface of each painting and, I hope, in the eye and mind of the viewer. Importantly, I envisage that these pairs will become separated, yet their entangled relationships will remain wherever the individual works are located, accentuating my own interpretation of ‘action at a distance’.


Further information about the exhibition can be found on the Anima Mundi website Preview Friday 27 May, 6.00-9.00 pm. The artist will also be present for an Open Day on Saturday 28 May from 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

Anima Mundi, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DS

Exhibition 6 – 25 June.  Opening Party: Thu 9 June, 5 – 8pm.  @ Daisy Laing Gallery
Old bakehouse lane.  Chapel Street Penzance TR18 4AE.  Opens Tue-Wed: 11-4. Thu-Sat: 10.30-5

Inspired by “Heart Sutra”, one of the important scriptures of Buddhism, VOID is mixing Japanese woodblock printing with Chinese brass rubbing techniques to perform the abstract concept human emotion. From 169 pieces of small woodblocks to unlimited evolution of possibilities, the combination of different blocks is like language of conversation which is trying to translate the truth and pretense of life.

Winnie Lyn’s practice concerns experience and memories, aiming to translate the truth and pretense of life into different mediums. Currently she is focusing on inter-generational narrative, around both human and human to environment dialogues. She intends to channel her concerns into abstract forms that carry both an emotional charge and a “radiation” of meaning.

living the DREAM
exhibition 6 – 25 june
opening DREAM party: thu 9 june, 5 – 8pm
@ daisy laing gallery
old bakehouse lane
chapel street penzance tr18 4ae
Opens tue-wed: 11-4. thu-sat: 10.30-5

PZ.22 CREATE: Penzance Festival of Art

3 – 26 June


Celebrating Penzance as one of the most vibrant and innovative artistic towns in the country.

PZ.22 CREATE: Penzance Festival of Art brings together the town’s plethora of artists, galleries and museums for a celebration of the very best of Penwith art, giving visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the creativity and beauty of this historic coastal town.


“In this universe nothing is certain other than the cyclical rhythms of life; births, deaths and the living in between…” UD