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Art exhibitions Cornwall


Borlase Smart: A Passion for the Sea

Saturday, 15th September 2018 until Saturday, 17th November 2018

Robert Borlase Smart (1881 – 1947) was originally from Devon but made his name as an artist in St Ives. During the First World War, he served with the Artists’ Rifles Regiment and as a Captain with the Machine Gun Corps, and, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, this exhibition features a selection of his war drawings. It also includes many of his magnificent marine paintings and seascapes depicting the turbulent seas of the West Cornwall coast alongside a selection of work by his students and associates, including Leonard Fuller, Peter Lanyon and Julius Olsson.
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


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


Ceramics and Crafts Display

Saturday, 29th September 2018 until Saturday, 5th January 2019

In the Studio
A changing display of ceramics and crafts, featuring work by Jack Doherty, Jode Pankhurt, Sue Pryke, Heather Scott, Derek Wilson, and many others.
New pieces will be added throughout the duration.
All works are for sale.
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


Michael Porter

Saturday, 29th September 2018 until Saturday, 5th January 2019

Newlyn-based artist Michael Porter presents a new series of exquisitely executed watercolours that explore soil, plants and the natural world.
Digging in the dirt
Getting your hands dirty
Grovelling in the dirt
Flinging dirt in your face
A clod of dirt
A dirty stain
Dumped in dirt
And yet it can be so beautiful
Michael Porter, April 2018
All works are for sale.
With an emphasis on affordable works The Picture Room offers the opportunity to buy paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramics by some of the region’s most recognised artists. All profits from sales directly help to support the gallery’s learning and exhibition activities.
The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ



Saturday, 29th September 2018 until Saturday, 5th January 2019

Within Many and Beautiful Things, Fragment24a will present work by The Collaborators, the gallery’s collective of artists under 30 years old. Reflecting the themes of Many and Beautiful Things this year’s exhibition will be a celebration of all that is youthful. Co-curated by Amos Jacob and Cat Gibbard.
We are now taking submissions from artists under the age of 30 participate in the three strands comprising Fragment24a
Fragment24a will unfold in three areas: an exhibition of work in all media exhibited in The Engine Room at The Exchange; as two billboard prints of still images, one for a wall at Newlyn Art Gallery, and another at The Exchange; plus an Instagram takeover over four weekends during the exhibition.
The exhibition in The Engine Room will be co-selected by Amos Jacob, a young curator and producer of The Thrown Gauntlet festival in Falmouth. The two billboards will feature a single page of a zine, each enlarged to fill a gallery wall, with images by Collaborators and invited young people, some who may not consider themselves to be artists but are documenting their own and their peers’ lives. These images will be co-selected by Oliver Udy of Antler Press.
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The Engine Room, The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


Many and Beautiful Things

Saturday, 29th September 2018 until Saturday, 5th January 2019

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


Taking Space art exhibition

Tuesday, 16th October 2018 until Sunday, 21st October 2018

An art exhibition by eight members of Taking Space, a group of women artists who exhibit at a variety of venues in Cornwall.
This event is open daily from 11-4, and is free of charge.
Rock Institute, Rock, near Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6LQ


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