ART IN APRIL
Our selection of art exhibitions, creative workshops and children’s art classes taking place across Cornwall this April.
CORNISH STILL LIVES AT THE GURNARD’S HEAD
This spring The Gurnard’s Head hosts Cornish Still Lives, featuring work by distinguished artists from South West Cornwall: Gillian Cooper, Maggie O’Brien and Martin Sadler.
The wildness of the Cornish coast and sea inspires all three artists in their exploration of the ‘still life’. Gillian uses the Cornish landscape as a trigger to draw, paint and print moments of transition, such as birdflight, and clusters of flowers. Maggie paints the wild and rugged landscape and wildlife around her in West Penwith and the Isles of Scilly. Martin works mostly in oils, using classic subjects such as lemons, vases, flowers and bottles, as well as landscapes.
The highlight of the exhibition will be an Evening with the Artists on 4 April when the artists will talk about their work. The Gurnard’s Head is also offering a two day break on 23-24 April which includes a guided tour around the galleries and exhibitions of St. Ives and Newlyn by Gillie and Maggie, as well as practical art demonstrations.
THE VIEW FROM THE SHORE
Inspired by watching the storms and moving skies of the past year, Sue Read has put together an exhibition of over twenty new works. Painted en plein air and in her Bude studio, Sue’s work captures the energy, light and atmosphere of her beloved north Cornish coast.
CURIOSITY: ART AND THE PLEASURES OF KNOWING
“This startling exhibition moves wittily, sometimes mysteriously, between contemporary art, anatomy, Cold War secrets, the origins of museums and voyeurism in everyday life.”
Inspired by 17th century cabinets of curiosities, Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing includes work by Salvatore Arancio, Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka, Corrine May Botz, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Gerard Byrne, Nina Canell, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Gunda Förster, Aurélien Froment, Laurent Grasso, Thomas Grünfeld, Susan Hiller, Toril Johannessen, Nina Katchadourian, Jeremy Millar, Matt Mullican, Katie Paterson, Aura Satz, Miroslav Tichý, and Richard Wentworth.
This wonderfully quirky exhibition is being held at two venues: Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange. A collection of contemporary works runs alongside a selection of Helston Folk Museum’s most curious items.
WHEN: 25 January – 26 April 2014
WHERE: Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
EXHIBITION TOURS: First Thursday of each month, 11am, The Exchange and first Friday of each month, 11am, Newlyn. Free, no booking required.
QUAY AND COAST AT THE PORTHMINSTER GALLERY
This year’s exhibition, Quay and Coast, features ten artists who are inspired by both the natural and man-made coastal landscapes of Cornwall.
Paintings and ceramics by Peter Beard, Angela Charles, Rachel Foxwell, Martyn Perryman, Tony Scrivener, Erin Ward, Andrew Bird, Anne Davies, Kathy Ramsay Carr, Craig Underhill and Stephanie Pace (see right).
GET CREATIVE AT TRURO ARTS
Over the next few weeks there is a huge selection of adult art classes at Truro Arts including Japanese woodcut printing, acrylic painting, screen printing and botanical watercolour.
Between 5 and 19 April Truro Arts are also running fantastic holiday workshops for children, including murals, clay modelling and making shadow puppets. Places must be booked in advance.
WHEN: Throughout April
WHERE: Truro Arts Co, 26 River Street, Truro, TR1 2SJ
BOOK A PLACE: 01872 240 567 or [email protected]
ARTY PARTIES WITH BALLANTYNE AND COLE
Artists Jilly Ballantyne and Daniel Cole hold regular workshops and arty parties in their studio in Truro. Talented chefs as well as artists, you can guarantee that the refreshments will be delicious works of art. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.
For the school holidays they have organised three children’s workshops with collage, mural, printing and pastels for 6 to 12 year olds. £12 per session including afternoon snack. Bring your own pencil case, scissors and apron.
WHEN: 2pm – 4.30pm, Mon 14, Tue 15, Wed 16 April
WHERE: The Old Bakery Studios, Truro, TR1 1QH
BOOK A PLACE: [email protected]
KATE BLEE ON KNOWING COLOUR
As part of Hay Studio’s The Making Project, artist Kate Blee is taking time out from her busy studio in London to share her passion for colour. Kate’s workshops will help you to see colour in new ways and teach you to interpret and be expressive with colour through mixing different materials and applying colour to different surfaces.
WHEN: 10am – 3pm, Saturday 12 April
WHERE: Hay Studio, Trenewth, Burlorne Tregoose, nr Wadebridge, PL30 3AJ
COST: £50 per person including lunch
BOOK A PLACE: 01208 832574 or [email protected]
HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS AT POP
POP Café Gallery in Wadebridge is hosting a variety of creative kids’ events this month, including mask making, pottery and sculpture. For full details visit their Facebook page.
WHEN: 2-16 April
WHERE: POP Café Gallery, Unit 5, Trevanson Street, Wadebridge, PL27 7AW
COST: varies, depending on event
BOOK A PLACE: 01208 815720