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.
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
NSA member Penny Florence has written a very interesting and pertinent essay about the recent Edge of Dark exhibition. Entitled Edge of Dark – Curating Under Covid. Reflections on the Group Show in actuality, virtually, in the rural ‘Provinces’ and how BLM matters everywhere. In the introduction to the essay she writes:
It is an exploration of the way that art can clarify the interrelation between some of the broader issues of our time: political and social fragmentation, artistic activity beyond the great acknowledged centres, and aspects of the impact of the virtual on the visual arts. Covid-19 is a part of this, not a separate phenomenon.
It is also a conversational tour round the show with guest curator Jesse Leroy Smith, where he talks about his approach to curating – ‘selecting a number of key works, placing
them and then designing the hang in response’. You can read the the PDF of the essay here.
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
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.
Mercedes Smith shines a light on a thought-provoking new exhibition.
I remember in 2016 when we cheerfully echoed the phrase ‘May you live in interesting times’. It seems the world has become a smaller, darker and more turbulent place since then. Is there yet a place, a case to be made, for optimism?
Thankfully, artists think so. These short films seem to condense the beauty and the darkness of our new world, and urge us continually towards creative action. Pat Wilson Smith