Art exhibitions in Cornwall

There lots of art exhibitions in Cornwall as we have such a wealth of talented arts and crafts people here. Also see our art galleris in Cornwall section. There are currently 5 listed in this section.

Please note that Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) do not organise any events ourselves, we publish event details for other local organisers, in good faith, but no responsibility can be taken for errors, event cancellations etc. Many of the organisers include contact details and you should always check directly with organisers for confirmation.

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Incunables: the infancy of printing

Saturday, 4th March 2017 until Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Incunables: the infancy of printing as seen in the Lanhydrock library.
Incunables is a term that refers to early books printed in Europe before 1501.
Lanhydrock has 28 of this type of book, unusually high for a private collection.
This exhibition in the historic Gallery will draw on the library collection in order to show some of our early printed works.
This will be the first time that our incunabula will be shown in a single exhibition.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Accessibility: steps are on the route to the Long Gallery.
Lanhydrock, 2 Treffry Lane, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5AD


www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock

That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today

Friday, 31st March 2017 until Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Exploring the diverse forms, energies and locations that define the modern ceramics studio.
The ceramics studio has always been a place where tradition meets experimentation. Spanning 100 years, this exhibition explores the diverse forms, energies and locations that define the modern studio. Ranging from the rise of studio pottery in the 1910s to a number of new commissions by a young generation of UK-based artists, That Continuous Thing – a quote from the American artist Peter Voulkos – traces the changing shape of the ceramics studio over the last century.
Opening with exchange between Japan and the UK in the 1910s and ’20s through the emergence of studio potters such as Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada (who moved from Japan to St Ives in 1920), William Staite Murray and Dora Billington, the exhibition leads on to the Californian ‘clay revolution’ of the 1950s and ‘60s, with sculptures by the pioneering sculptor Voulkos and his students, including Ken Price, Rudy Autio and Ron Nagle. A specially commissioned series of ceramic sculptures by the young British artist Jesse Wine will be included in response to the display. The final section of the exhibition, developed with artist Aaron Angell, recalls artists working in London in the ‘70s and 80s, celebrating the experimental work of Gillian Lowndes, Richard Slee and other ‘hand-building’ contemporaries. These will be shown alongside a presentation of works by a number artists – including Anthea Hamilton – made over the last three years at Angell’s London-based Troy Town Art Pottery, which he describes as ‘a radical and psychedelic workshop for artists’.
Supported by the Victoria and Albert Museum, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation and Idlewild Trust.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/

Jessica Warboys

Friday, 31st March 2017 until Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Jessica Warboys will fill the sea-facing galleries at Tate St Ives with specially commissioned work, alongside films, sculptures and large-scale paintings.
Her work is informed by personal or collective memories – historical, mythical or fictional – and this solo show will consider her use of symbolism, form and her approach to landscape.
Warboys often employs natural elements in making her works. The exhibition will feature specially commissioned Sea Paintings, which will immerse the galleries overlooking Porthmeor Beach, in floor-to-ceiling colour. Made on the Zennor coast, near St Ives, these enormous unframed canvases have pigment applied directly on them before being submerged in the waves. They are a physical document of Warboys’ collaboration with the sea, but will provide a backdrop to several new sculptures in the lower gallery. An installation of objects that reoccur across Warboys’ practice in film, performance and exhibitions, will be designed for the showcase. New forms and paintings will be also included in this one-off playful installation.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/

The Studio and The Sea

Friday, 31st March 2017 until Sunday, 3rd September 2017

The Studio and The Sea is an season of two exhibitions about the ceramics studio, the ocean and the landscape.
Jessica Warboys uses film, performance and her specially commissioned ‘Sea Paintings’, to investigate myth, symbolism and the landscape.
That Continuous Thing explores 100 years of the ceramics studio.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/

The Studio and The Sea

Friday, 31st March 2017 until Sunday, 3rd September 2017

A season of two exhibitions about the ceramics studio, the ocean and the landscape.
Jessica Warboys uses film, performance and her specially commissioned ‘Sea Paintings’, to investigate myth, symbolism and the landscape.
That Continuous Thing explores 100 years of the ceramics studio.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/

 

 

Jessica Warboys

Friday, 31st March 2017 until Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Jessica Warboys will fill the sea-facing galleries at Tate St Ives with specially commissioned work, alongside films, sculptures and large-scale paintings.
Her work is informed by personal or collective memories – historical, mythical or fictional – and this solo show will consider her use of symbolism, form and her approach to landscape.
Warboys often employs natural elements in making her works. The exhibition will feature specially commissioned Sea Paintings, which will immerse the galleries overlooking Porthmeor Beach, in floor-to-ceiling colour. Made on the Zennor coast, near St Ives, these enormous unframed canvases have pigment applied directly on them before being submerged in the waves. They are a physical document of Warboys’ collaboration with the sea, but will provide a backdrop to several new sculptures in the lower gallery. An installation of objects that reoccur across Warboys’ practice in film, performance and exhibitions, will be designed for the showcase. New forms and paintings will be also included in this one-off playful installation.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/

A Certain Kind of Light

Thursday, 25th May 2017 until Saturday, 23rd September 2017

A Certain Kind of Light: Light in Art Over Six Decades is a major exhibition exploring how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. Encompassing paintings, sculpture, photography, and installation, it features artworks created from the 1960s to the present day by fifteen leading artists.
The exhibition considers the different ways artists have explored the various aspects of light, from its importance as a source of illumination, as a pure sculptural material, as a mysterious force and as a source of energy that can be conceptually converted into other forms.
It includes Colour Construction by Peter Lanyon who was a leading figure at Newlyn Art Gallery in the 1950s and 60s, as well as camera-less photographs by Garry Fabian Miller who had a solo show here in 2008.
As part of the exhibition, and to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Exchange, Cornwall-based artist Peter Freeman will reprogramme and update Lightwave, the dramatic artwork illuminating the glass façade of The Exchange that he first created when the gallery opened in 2007.
Artists in the exhibition: Roger Ackling, David Batchelor, Angela Bulloch, Garry Fabian Miller, Ceal Floyer, Peter Freeman, Raphael Hefti, Anish Kapoor, Peter Lanyon, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Julian Opie, John Riddy, Mark Titchner, Paul Winstanley, Toby Ziegler.
#ACertainKindOfLight
An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition. Curated by Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne with many works from the Arts Council Collection which is managed by Southbank Centre, London.
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


info@newlynartgallery.co.uk
newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/certain-kind-light/

Stanhope Forbes: Father of the Newlyn School

Saturday, 10th June 2017 until Saturday, 9th September 2017

Stanhope Forbes (1857 – 1947) was one of the ‘greats’ of the Newlyn School artists’ colony which flourished from the 1880s onwards. Although by no means the first artist to set up in Newlyn, Forbes’s arrival galvanised the emerging art community and helped to build its national and international reputation. For this reason, he is often dubbed the ‘Father of the Newlyn School’, which reflects both his significance and his popularity.  Born in Dublin, Forbes trained at the Royal Academy Schools in London and finished his studies at Bonnat’s studio in Paris. After arriving in Newlyn in 1884, his national reputation was established a year later with the acceptance of his masterpiece, Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach at the Royal Academy. Comprising a stunning selection of key works from all periods of Forbes’s career, this exhibition celebrates his consummate skill as an artist. Throughout the Galleries.
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


www.penleehouse.org.uk

Summer Collection

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 until Monday, 28th August 2017

A mixed summer collection of paintings and sculpture by Cornwall Contemporary artists.
Cornwall Contemporary, 1 Parade Street, Queens Square, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU


www.cornwallcontemporary.com

The Members' Annual Summer Exhibition 2017

Tuesday, 8th August 2017 until Saturday, 26th August 2017

The Poly Falmouth August 8th sees the opening of the Members’ Annual Summer Exhibition at the Poly Falmouth. This exhibition has been running on and off since the building was constructed in 1836, for the very purpose of holding this annual event.
The Members’ Exhibition has always been a very popular show, built up from small beginnings to its heyday of over 60 exhibitors showing 400 paintings in three floors of galleries. This was a huge task to hang, but luckily the Poly has had a dedicated team of volunteers over the years.
This year, paintings, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture will all be exhibited side by side for an eye-catching and diverse display of local art.
Free to visit, the exhibition will be running from August 8th to 26th in the Poly’s Main Gallery.
The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG


www.thepoly.org

 

 

Imogen Allen 'Living Roots'

Thursday, 10th August 2017 until Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Imogen Allen invites you to her first solo exhibition.
This show features a selection of works completed over the past year.
'Living Roots,'  a phrase in a Seamus Heaney poem, titled 'Digging.'  seems to encapsulate a running theme of imagination, and the roots of thoughts, emotions and perceptions within the mind.
Imogen's paintings aim to express something primal about humanity and experience which is therefore universal.
Living roots questions in various ways 'what are we?,' and perhaps even 'where do we come from?'
 'Christopher dreaming' an oil painting by  Imogen has been shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition.
See website for opening times.
Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, (Just off market Jew Street), Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT


www.redwinggallery.co.uk

Rhythms of Dancing Light by Ant Viney

Tuesday, 15th August 2017 until Tuesday, 5th September 2017

When I make marks on canvas, I often find they form rhythms that dance across the surface of my work. These rhythms are fundamental to the way I construct my paintings.
The rhythms I see all around me in the Cornish landscape are the primary source of inspiration for this exhibition.
St Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AQ


http://www.penleecluster.org.uk/about-us/st-marys-penzance/

Fish Factory showcase and art market

Sunday, 20th August 2017

The Fish Factory will be open all weekend for the public to come and take a look at artwork from our studio residents and friends of the space. We will also be hosting a colourful array of stalls featuring local artwork, art supplies, books, vintage and crafts. There'll be food and refreshments on offer too so well worth a visit! We now have 21 artist studios and mid summer is the perfect time to come and take a look around the space.
The Fish Factory Art Space, Falmouth Wharves, North Parade, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2TF


www.fishfactoryarts.com

Colour, Line and Clay

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 until Friday, 25th August 2017

The Poly FalmouthTwo artists are showing together at The Poly for the third time. Contrasting with Sonia Bateman's sensitive interpretations of still life are Jenny Webbe's bold and colourful abstract paintings and delicate earthy pots.
The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG


www.thepoly.org

Summer art exhibition

Saturday, 26th August 2017 until Friday, 1st September 2017

The Institute Gallery will be holding its second arts exhibition displaying the work of local artists and artisans from across Cornwall from 26th August - 1st September.
The Gallery's light and airy space and its trefoil leaded windows provides a perfect setting for displaying a variety of art works.
The exhibition will be open from 10-6 on Saturday and Sunday and from 10-4 on Monday until Friday.
Refreshments will be available.
Artists and artisans wishing to submit their work should contact Avril Turner by email.
More information is available on the website.
Blisland Institute Gallery, Blisland, Cornwall PL30 4JE


avrilturner@aol.com
www.blislandi.info

 

 

 

Cornwall's Tattoo Convention and Music Festival

Saturday, 26th August 2017 and Sunday, 27th August 2017

Join us for Cornwall’s all new annual tattoo convention with urban art exhibition.
The event will have attendance from the region’s most prestigious local artists and national talent.
Our main stage will be based in the Stannary and will be hosting live entertainment throughout both days.
Our secound stage is an outdoor stage set within the beautiful area of the Tremough house Gardens.
Further entertainment will come from burlesque dancers, fire breathers, graffiti art tutorials and more.....
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th August, 2017, 10:00am to 12:00am
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University, Penryn Campus, Cornwall TR10 9FE



Fine and applied arts exhibition

Sunday, 27th August 2017 until Saturday, 9th September 2017

Group exhibition by local artists and makers.
Open 10am - 4pm each day, free entry.
Cafe serving light lunches and cream teas.
St Petrocs Church, 3 Castle St, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DT

 



Created in a day

Monday, 4th September 2017 until Saturday, 9th September 2017

On Sunday 3rd September we will be holding an event creating works of art right here at the gallery for our next exhibition.
For one week commencing 4th September we will be exhibiting the work we created.
Please visit web site for opening times.
Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, (Just off market Jew Street), Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT


www.redwinggallery.co.uk

John Allen Furniture

Tuesday, 5th September 2017 until Friday, 8th September 2017

The Poly Falmouth My pieces, whilst being well-crafted and practical, are designed with an element of fun and absurdity. I want my furniture to amuse and engage, rather than dissolve in the background. Importantly, none of the material used is new, which shows through strongly in the finish.


The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG


www.thepoly.org

New Visions by Canon Robin Murch

Wednesday, 6th September 2017 until Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

Robin Murch, is a retired Anglican priest, who in retirement year 2000, took up art as a pass time activity. The pictures usually take care of themselves and end up only broadly like the initial ideas. The inspirations drip into the mind as the work progresses and beg expression. All this Robin finds as exciting fun. Over time Robin has developed the New Visions Project, which brings some pictures to be exhibited in Churches to assist with their outreach.
St Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AQ



Associated Territories Exhibition

Saturday, 16th September 2017 until Friday, 6th October 2017

Our exhibition presents the works of four female artists from the Tri-city, Pomerania, Poland.
The Work consists of drawings, paintings and batiks. The subjects which interest us in our creativity are varied - these are our individual 'territories', which we are 'associating' in the framework of our common exhibitions and this is the potential of our informal group. We are not connected by the same slogans, ideas or beliefs, what associates us is the similar attitude to our work and the inner need for co-operation. This sort of attitude has created long lasting artistic friendships, common activity and common aims. All of us to a certain degree and meaning are leaders, but at the same time we want to share our work and be actively associating our individual territories.
Exhibition open 11-3. 16th Sept - 6th Oct Tues - Sat
The Fish Factory Art Space, Falmouth Wharves, North Parade, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2TF


www.fishfactoryarts.com

John Armstrong: Dream & Reality

Saturday, 16th September 2017 until Saturday, 18th November 2017

This exhibition examines the diverse range of work produced over the lifetime of this intriguing artist. John Armstrong ARA (1893 - 1973) studied briefly at St John’s Wood School of Art but was essentially self-taught. His one-man exhibition in 1928 established him in avant-garde circles, including that of Unit One with Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash and others. He later became deeply involved in theatre and film, designing sets for the Royal Ballet and costumes for ten of Alexander Korda’s epic films. After the war, he spent a period of time in Lamorna before returning to London and continuing his eclectic style that encompassed still life and classicism alongside larger, more abstract works. 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


www.penleehouse.org.uk

Colourful Language

Saturday, 30th September 2017 until Sunday, 15th October 2017

Curated exhibition of small works, exploring the contemporary language of colour.
Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View West, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1JG


www.barnoonworkshop.co.uk

Still Energy’ by Colin Brown

Tuesday, 10th October 2017 until Sunday, 29th October 2017

Sensitive interpretations of contemplative still-life paintings are displayed alongside his new abstract works full of energy and movement. This intriguing and beautiful exhibition explores the dynamics of stillness and action, and the creative tension between them.
St Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AQ



Christmas arts and crafts exhibition and sale of work

Thursday, 30th November 2017 until Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Christmas arts and crafts exhibition and sale of workFour groups of local artists with a huge variety of styles and themes
Hayle Art Society, Wesley Rock Art Group, Gillian Coopers Sketchbook Group and Allsorts
Unique gifts from only £1.00.
There will also be a special table with work donated by exhibitors which will be for sale to raise funds for the Cornwall Greyhound Trust
This event is being organised by Jayne Herbert the owner of CACD. If you can help me advertise this event I would appreciate it, there are posters you can download here.
Thursday, 30th November until Wednesday, 6th December 2017
Except Sunday
11am - 4pm
Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, (Just off market Jew Street), Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT


www.redwinggallery.co.uk

Across Penwith from Coast to Coast by Nigel Haward

Tuesday, 5th December 2017 until Saturday, 30th December 2017

I paint in water colour and acrylic. Subjects include harbors, boats, landscape and marine studies. For more information visit Nigel Hawards web site
St Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AQ



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