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This autumn, Tremenheere Gallery presents a landmark exhibition
celebrating 125 years of the Newlyn Society of Artists. The NSA was Founded in 1896 and is one of the longest- surviving art organisations anywhere. It currently has close to ninety members, and includes artists working across all disciplines from painting and printmaking and sculpture to film, all of whom either live in West Cornwall or have close links with the area.

Please follow the link to continue with the Press release NSA125 Past, present, future

 

Read more:

Artist’s Connections: Each Exhibitor was asked to write a short paragraph explaining their inspiration for the artwork shown, specifically how it connected with the history of the NSA.

 

Inventive Century – Drift Magazine. Words by Mercedes Smith

NSA 125 Feature for Drift Magazine | October 2021 Issue 15

16 October to 7 November 2021  Tremenheere Gallery,
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, TR20 8YL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSA member Kate Walters is currently taking part in the exhibition Bathing Nervous Limbs at Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh. The starting point for this group show, which includes the work of more than 20 contemporary artists, many of them recent graduates, is the Balneum, an illustrated manuscript from the early 15th century about the therapeutic benefits of different bodies of water. In a review of the show, Susan Mansfield writes:

The show is a mixture of new work made in response to ideas in the Balneum and existing work on relevant themes……Kate Walters’ mystical evocation of baptism is one of the best works here.

Magician with Gentle Hands holds Girl for Baptism, Oil on linen, Kate Walters

 

The exhibition runs until 29th August at the Arusha Gallery, 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG and is part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

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

‘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’)

 

 

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.

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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NSA member Cat Knight is exhibiting her lockdown project ‘Isolation Windows’ in a solo show at Exeter’s Phoenix Art Centre. At the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, Knight began using social media to collect photographs of other people’s windows, as seen from their own locked-down environments around the world, creating this series of exquisite and timely gouache paintings. The exhibition runs from 17th May till June 27th.

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 LIZZIE LLOYD’S ESSAY ‘A VIEW OF ONE’S OWN’ (2020)

Cat will be giving a talk about the exhibition and her wider practice on Wed 23 Jun. More information can be found on the Phoenix website here. A book of the project as well as 2 postcard sets of selected images are also available to buy here.

Rachael Reeves is showing her work at Jupiter Show Case, 3 Chywoone Hill, Newlyn. Most of the work on display is from the past year.

‘This past year has given me space to focus on my painting, I have yearned for this for some time, having restrictions of movement and time away from the usual demands of life enabled me to look to what I had around me. I appreciated the space I inhabited and began to look at it from a fresh perspective. I became interested in manipulating the space and forms and found that the paintings began to imbue a sense of displacement, disorientation and fragmentation. I was feeling on the one hand a sense of peace and joy and on the other a sense of dissociation and dread. Much of my work over the past has had echoes of dystopia and melancholia but the last thing I wanted to create were those types of images. In fact if anything I was drawn to spaces and forms that were more uplifting and enticing.’

The show is open from Sunday 16th May – Friday 21st May 10 – 4 pm with guest jeweller Claire Stockings-Baker. (Rachael will be in the gallery on Sun 16th, Wed 19th and Thurs 20th)