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NSA member Mike Newton is taking part in a special exhibition at the St Ives School of Painting. The Living and the Dead is a collaboration between painter Mike Newton, poet Mike Stevens and sound artist Christian Guerrini, all living and working in St Ives. The exhibition features Mike Newton’s portraits of six Romantic poets and Mike Steven’s poetry based on redacted words from the same poets together with further portraits and original poems by Newton and Stevens . The private view on Friday 30th December 6.30 – 9pm will include a reading of the poems by Mike Stevens with sounds by Christian Guerrini and a Q&A session giving the background to the genesis of the project. Limited seating  and drinks are provided. The show runs from 27th December to 2nd January at the Borlase Smart Room, St Ives School of Painting, Back Road West, St Ives.

Ken Turner has lived and worked in St Ives since the nineties, and has been a constant

and passionate contributor to the West Penwith Arts ‘scene’, with his memorable live

performances, and provocative paintings. Between Friday 14th Oct and Wed 26th, at the

PZ Gallery in Penzance, Ken will show a selection of his paintings and drawings from the

1960’s to the present.  You are warmly invited to the Private View on Friday Oct 14th 5pm

to celebrate his life and work, where he will give a brief talk about the importance of artists’

studio practice  as a philosophical tool.

On Saturday 22nd October at 5pm there will be a  performance at the gallery, where Ken will

collaborate with dancer Stephanie Richards in response to his paintings.

 Ken will be in conversation with visual anthropologist Professor Amanda Ravetz on Monday 24th October

 

NSA member Ashley Hanson is showing his Porthleven series of paintings as part of the Porthleven Arts Festival on 27th September. There will be a talk and presentation of the 60 paintings in the series on Tuesday 27th September from 4-5pm at the Breageside Netloft. On Wednesday 28th September there will be a preview of the Freedom in Painting in Porthleven exhibtion from 5.30 – 7pm at The Old Lifeboat House and the exhibition itself will be open for 1 day only on Thursday 29th September from 10-5pm. on Friday 30th September there will be Open Studio and exhibition of 20 of the Porthleven series paintings at the same venue.

 

 

The NSA has recently begun a very exciting partnership with the St Clare Medical Centre in Penzance. We have worked with the partners and their Site Manager, Richard Allan, to develop their beautiful new medical centre. Almost thirty NSA artists have submitted work to hang in the building, in public and staff areas and meeting rooms for one year.
 
We put the work up last weekend and will hold an event to celebrate the partnership and give people a chance to look round, in November. We are absolutely thrilled to see our work there in such a fabulous space – and it has transformed the whole atmosphere of the building. The NSA would like to thank both Richard and the partners for giving us a chance to give back to our community in this way.

NSA member Stuart Ross has an exhibition of recent work opening at the Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery next month.  The show will run from 6th – 19th August, open daily 11-5pm.

 

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

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

NSA member Jasmine Mills, together with fellow artist Lillian Thomson, are taking part in a joint exhibition – Quiet Portals – at Centre Space Gallery in Bristol in April.  

Showcasing in Bristol for the first time, Quiet Portals is a body of work developed since 2020 exploring themes of loneliness, space, and the place in between real and imagined.

Originally from Bristol and Norfolk, Lillian and Jasmine currently work and live in Cornwall. Both artists find common ground in paint, print, and drawing inspired by place and figure.

The show runs from 16th – 20th April, 10am – 4pm, with the Preview on 15th April at 4pm. Centre Space Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol BS11EA.

 

NSA member Catherine Harvey Jefferson is exhibiting work in a solo show at the Salthouse Gallery in St Ives. The show is called JOURNEY – Paintings about Walking in Wilderness and runs from 19th – 25th March, 10-5pm daily.

Salthouse Gallery, Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1NA

www.catherineharveyjefferson.com

During the second module of his MA in painting at Plymouth College of Art Tim has been transferring a series of oil sketches made from a single panther reference image onto found clothing. The dye sublimation works best on clothing with over 65% polyester in the fibres.

“There’s a tension here, polyester is made from petrochemicals and although cheap and versatile, at the moment there’s no system for large scale reuse or safe decomposition.”

This auction on the 18th of December of shirts from charity shops seeks to open up a dialogue around the ethics and future of animals, polyester and painting.

With thanks to collaborators Hollie Kirk from Exeter University, Marta Martin from Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Liam Jolly of the Auction House.

Symposium is invite only due to restricted spaces.