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Art exhibitions Cornwall


David Haughton in St Just

Saturday, 13th January 2018 until Saturday, 17th March 2018

David Haughton (1924 - 1991) moved to West Cornwall in 1948 after dropping out of the Slade School of Art. He soon joined the ranks of the St Ives modernists, becoming a member of the avant-garde Crypt Group, the Penwith Society and the St Ives Society of Artists. While out on a bicycle ride with his friend and fellow artist Kit Barker, Haughton came across St Just, the compact mining town situated on the moors between Penzance and St Ives. He later described the encounter as both a magical experience and a turning point in his life. Even after leaving Cornwall in 1950 to teach at the Central School in London, Haughton returned every year for thirty years, often with groups of students. This exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings shows his lifetime love affair with St Just. Gallery 1 - a selection of Newlyn School and Lamorna Group paintings in Galleries 2, 3, 4 & 5.
Call Penlee House Gallery on 01736 363625 or visit web site for more information.
Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


Nature's Laboratory: A Fantasy

Saturday, 27th January 2018 until Saturday, 10th March 2018

The enigmatic Andrew Lanyon returns to Falmouth with a brand new exhibition featuring a collective of Cornish artists.
Immerse yourself in the tale of Nature who is hard at work in her laboratory creating the emotions. Distracted by her work she is unaware of what her robot assistants are getting up to.
A quirky and intriguing show for the whole family.
Funded by Arts Council England
Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2RT


Faces of Cornwall

Saturday, 27th January 2018 until Saturday, 14th April 2018

Famous faces, colourful characters and everyday people all feature in this portrait show starring the people of Cornwall.
This striking exhibition was first staged by the gallery in 1987 so twenty years later we thought it was time to present an updated version.
On display will be portraits of men, women and children from the 16th century to the present day, many of which featured in the original show.
Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 2RT


Virginia Woolf

Saturday, 10th February 2018 until Sunday, 29th April 2018

Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author
Author of classic texts including To the Lighthouse and the pioneering feminist text A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf spent much of her childhood in St Ives.
This exhibition is led by her writing, which will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art - with works by over 70 artists.
Supported by Czech Centre London
Free entry for Members
Visit Tate St Ives web site page for more details of this event.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


Structures Residency

Saturday, 10th February 2018 until Saturday, 24th February 2018

Structures is a two-week evolving exhibition and residency of international artists whose practice is informed by networks, frameworks and systems. Bringing together artists from the UK, Europe, and the US, the residency facilitates an exchange of methods, approaches and ideas. The artists will work together in the upper gallery, alongside a schedule of talks, discussions and workshops on all aspects of structures – whether manmade or natural – programmed by the artists and the gallery’s curatorial team.
The residency will involve practitioners at varying stages of their careers across all disciplines; painters, film-makers, sculptors, installation artists and curators, united by their work being informed by structures, rules or data.
The lower gallery will present a static exhibition of work previously made by each of the artists, to illustrate their usual practice and give a context to their time in the residency. In the upper gallery, one half of the space will be an evolving exhibition of work made by the artists during the residency, either individually or collaboratively. The other half will be an open-plan, flexible studio space, with tables, stools and storage for each artist. The open nature of studio and exhibition in one space will enable conversations between visitors and artists.
A daily programme of talks and workshops will take place in the studio space at the close of each day, from 16.00. Details will be listed on our website.
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


Tim Shaw 'What Remains'

Saturday, 10th February 2018 until Saturday, 12th May 2018

A solo exhibition bringing together a number of works by the sculptor and acclaimed Royal Academician, Tim Shaw.
Drawn from personal experience, Shaw’s exhibition at The Exchange features two installations that address head-on the global presence and effect of terrorism and the pervasive sense of hidden powers having control over our lives.
Soul Snatcher Possession is a sculptural installation which portrays an ambiguous meeting of figures, the air taut with menace. Mother the Air is Blue, The Air is Dangerous is an immersive experience using video and sound. It is a deeply personal work which offers a visceral insight into Shaw’s experience as a child in Belfast when he and his mother were caught in an IRA bomb blast.
What Remains is a partnership with Anima-Mundi to present Tim Shaw’s work across two sites in Cornwall during 2017/18. Something Is Not Quite Right at Anima-Mundi, St Ives, 13 Oct – 9 Dec 2017, presented new sculptural installations, as well as a series of maquettes for Soul Snatcher Possession.
Tim Shaw was born in Belfast in 1964. He currently lives and works in Cornwall. He was elected to The Royal Academy in 2013 and made a Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors the same year. Shaw has had a number of significant solo exhibitions throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally. Shaw has undertaken a number of public commissions including The Rites of Dionysos for The Eden Project, The Minotaur for The Royal Opera House and The Drummer for Lemon Quay, Truro.
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


Shallal Sketchbooks

Saturday, 10th February 2018 until Saturday, 24th February 2018

In the Engine Room, The Exchange Gallery, a vibrant collection of artwork by Shallal Dance Theatre celebrating the Cornish Doorways Project and the launch of the project’s new book. With photography by Belinda Whiting, installation work from Godolphin House, costumes and props from recent shows, and paintings inspired by the life of Cornish philanthropist John Passmore Edwards.
Alongside, Shallal Sketchbooks will be exhibiting a diverse and inspiring library of artist’s sketchbooks.
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


Hidden Coves by David French

Saturday, 24th February 2018 until Friday, 2nd March 2018

Artist David French ‘Hidden Coves’ an exhibition of paintings with a fresh perspective, high above the beaches and coves of Cornwall, inspired by a cycle trip along the coast of Italy.
If you’re searching for turquoise seas, translucent waters and secluded beaches take a trip to St Ives.
Visit Davids Facebook page
Crypt Gallery Norway Square, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1NA


It's Time To Act

Saturday, 3rd March 2018 until Saturday, 17th March 2018

Let’S End Homelessness in Cornwall.
An exhibition of work made by clients of St Petroc’s Society, the Cornish charity working with single homeless people in Cornwall.
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The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL



Saturday, 3rd March 2018 until Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Encompassing new commissions, contemporary and modern artworks, and artefacts loaned by The Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle, the project will explore overarching and infinite rhythms of nature, of folklore, of the occult, and how this becomes a lived system embodied by both artists and communities.
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


Jack Doherty

Saturday, 3rd March 2018 until Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Reflecting on his recent artist residencies in Japan and China, Mousehole-based ceramicist Jack Doherty will show a new group of soda-fired porcelain vessels including both functional and sculptural work.  
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


The Young People's Art Prize

Thursday, 22nd March 2018 until Friday, 20th April 2018

Encompassing work from schools and colleges from across the county, each year there is a particular theme or medium, with a judging panel of artists selecting the shortlist of works to be exhibited from hundreds of entries. This year’s theme is Blue. Prize winners are announced at a preview of the show, while the visiting public are asked to vote for their favourite piece of work. The Visitor’s Vote Prize winner is announced on the last day of the show. This popular event has been an annual fixture in The Engine Room at The Exchange during the Easter holidays since 2010.
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The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


Bringing Home the Catch: Art and Fishing in Newlyn

Saturday, 24th March 2018 until Saturday, 9th June 2018

The Newlyn School artists ‘discovered’ this picturesque fishing village at a transitional moment in its history. Just as the painters were setting up their easels and depicting the lives of the local Newlyn community in the 1880s, its fishing industry was expanding rapidly. Featuring a wealth of paintings, photographs and artefacts from the period 1880 to 1940, this exhibition provides an insight into how the artists chose to represent these changes, or even to ignore them for the sake of artistic license. Curated with assistance from Dr Joanna Mattingly. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Lamorna Group paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.
Call Penlee House Gallery on 01736 363625 or visit web site for more information.
Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


John Dyer: Painting the colours of the world

Saturday, 21st April 2018 until Monday, 23rd April 2018

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of one of Cornwall's best loved artists, John Dyer, on the occasion of his 50th birthday.
John is widely know for his vivid use of colour, joyful paintings and worldwide environmental art projects.
On display will be a selection of his work from throughout his successful career including early pieces, celebrity commissions and paintings from around the world.
Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 2RT


Games As (Performing) Arts

Thursday, 10th May 2018 until Thursday, 31st May 2018

Games As (Performing) Arts Festival.
A collective art exhibition, part of Games as Arts / Arts as Games Festival. This second edition entitled Games As [performing] Arts, will investigate the relationships between games, performance and AI, through shared notions of play. The exhibition will showcase works from international artists Stéphane Bissières and Petra Gemeinboeck, as well as performance related games: Bouden, Johann Sebastian Joust and the clapping music app of the London Sinfonietta. Visitors will experience live performing robotics installations, playful hybrid music instruments, interactive video pieces and video games all combined with public workshops.
OPENING EVENT: Thu 10 May 2018.
GAMES AS [performing] ARTS: Festival and artist in residency
7-15 June 2018 Penryn Campus Falmouth University
The festival aims to be a place to explore the links between traditional art practices, games and technology. In advance of, and alongside the festival, an artist in residence will study the potential for movement and dance to re-imagine how we relate to machines, exploring how robots can become playful, social performers, without mimicking human beings. Artist in residence Petra Gemeinboeck and director and choreographer Sarah Levisnky will conduct a series of public workshops for schools in partnership with the gallery in the first week of May.
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The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 2018

Saturday, 12th May 2018

The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature is proud to announce Wildwood Kin will open the Festival on 11th May and the The Rails will close it 19th May. The festival will provide an interesting range of good quality entertainment; literary based interviews, presentations, theatre, music, comedy, academic talks, as well as workshops, exhibitions and local walks; an eclectic mix to inform and inspire the imagination! Workshops and participatory events will be a key feature this year so that you can join in and learn new skills or even improve old ones. The Festival is inspired by the famed author Daphne du Maurier, who spent a large part of her life in and around Fowey, where she took inspiration from her surroundings and created a rich literary legacy of titles set in the Cornish landscape. The Festival continues to include a strand of du Maurier themed events from walks showcasing the inspiration behind the author’s stories to book readings and debates. The Festival is embedded in the heart of the quintessential Cornish harbour side town of Fowey, with panoramic views over the river, busy with boats, ferries and water taxis, and beyond to the open sea. Since 1997 the Festival has brought countless internationally renowned writers, performers and entertainers to Cornwall, creating a buzz of excitement in the town and attracting festival-goers from across the UK and overseas. Please park in one of the long stay car parks around the town. See car park information on the map in the programme or visit www.cornwall.gov.uk. From most car parks it is about a 5-10 minute walk into town. A minibus service operates from the Main Car Park. Please allow extra time to get to a venue as car parks will be busy.
Fowey, Cornwall


Cornwall Open Studios 2018

Saturday, 19th May 2018 until Monday, 28th May 2018

Open Studios Cornwall is Cornwall’s largest free art event, which opens its doors for a week long art extravaganza to celebrate one of the country’s most creative art scenes. Bringing together artists both up-and-coming and established, the event sees nearly 200 creatives open their studio doors and offers a rare opportunity to explore behind the scenes and meet the makers.


Abstract Now

Saturday, 19th May 2018 until Sunday, 3rd June 2018

A curated group show exploring  contemporary abstract art. This will involve painting, drawing, mixed media and other abstract disciplines.
This exciting show will coincide with the opening of the Patrick Heron retrospective at Tate St Ives just around the corner.
Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View West, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1JG


Patrick Heron

Saturday, 19th May 2018 until Sunday, 9th September 2018

Celebrate one of Cornwall’s most acclaimed artists in this major retrospective of his work
The exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the very end of the 20th century, showing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract paintings.
Making use of the gallery’s new building, the show will include a number of large-scale paintings offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore this modern master’s sense of scale, colour and composition.
Free entry for Members
Visit the Tate St Ives web site page for more details of this event.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


Many and Beautiful Things

Saturday, 2nd June 2018 until Saturday, 29th September 2018

An exhibition concerned with that time in youth when anything is possible, everything is ahead of you, and life is a rush for new experiences. Featuring Rineke Dijkstra’s portraits of a young soldier going through training in the French Foreign Legion, Binelde Hyrcan’s film of young boys in Angola as they dream of the high life, Melanie Manchot filmed her daughter for one minute every month from the age of 11 - 18 years old, Santiago Mostyn documented in text and photographs his band of friends as they travelled across America and Joseph Szabo in 1970s was a high school teacher who used the camera to connect with his students.
Plus #fragment24a, a billboard, poster, and social media commission to give voice to young people in Cornwall today.
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


Entranced by a Special Place: the Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA

Saturday, 16th June 2018 until Saturday, 8th September 2018

A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA (1869 – 1955) was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of artists and writers in West Cornwall.  Entranced by a Special Place refers to Birch's lifelong association with Lamorna, from where he took his name. This exhibition brings together over seventy paintings, with work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary celebrations. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.
Call Penlee House Gallery on 01736 363625 or visit web site for more information.
Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


A Cabaret of Mechanical Movement

Saturday, 30th June 2018 until Saturday, 8th September 2018

Turn the handles and be amazed by our astounding automata.
This summer we will be celebrating Falmouth's tradition of automata making and generally enjoying all things that move. From Peter Markey, Ron Fuller and the original Cabaret Mechanical Theatre to the finest and most recent local and contemporary automata makers.
In association with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.
Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 2RT


Hayle Art Society painting and craft exhibition 2018

Sunday, 29th July 2018 until Sunday, 5th August 2018

Hayle Art Society painting and craft exhibition 2018Each member of the society is allowed to display up to five works of art, many of which will be for sale.             
There will also be a variety of crafts by members of the group also for sale.
This year there will again be a special table with work donated by members which will be for for sale to raise funds for St Julia's Hospice in Hayle.

Sunday 29th July until Sunday 5th August
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sundays 10am - 4pm

Click on the images or links below to download posters.
Phillack Church Hall, 11 Copper Terrace, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4EB


Nashashibi / Skaer

Saturday, 29th September 2018 until Sunday, 13th January 2019

Travel to Gauguin's Tahiti through the work of two British filmmakers
Contemporary British artists Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer will premiere in the UK an ambitious new 16mm film that retraces Paul Gauguin’s fêted journey to Tahiti. The exhibition will include an exploration of the mythology surrounding Gauguin and his time in French Polynesia. Visions of the tropics by Gauguin will be shown alongside his predecessors, such as William Hodges and Edward Gennys Fanshawe who accompanied Captain Cook to the South Pacific, as well as Nashashibi/Skaer’s new film. Together these works will address the way art has represented the exoticised woman and colonised lands.
Free entry for Members
Visit the Tate St Ives web site page for more details of this event.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


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