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/

Wesley Rock Art Group Exhibition and sale of art

Thursday, 1st June 2017 until Friday, 30th June 2017

The members of Wesley Rock Art Group  are having an exhibition and sale of their artwork courtesy on the wonderful Cook Book cafe in St Just.
Open every day 9am till 4pm  except on Saturday and Sunday when the Cook Book closes at 3pm.
Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome.
The Cook Book, St Just’s Café-Bookshop, 4 Cape Cornwall Street,  St Just, Cornwall TR19 7JZ










 


Philip Lyons & David Mankin

Saturday, 3rd June 2017 until Saturday, 1st July 2017

An exhibition featuring the beautifully pared back Cornish landscapes and still lives of Philip Lyons alongside the vibrant, abstract expressionist Cornish landscapes of David Mankin.
Cornwall Contemporary, 1 Parade Street, Queens Square, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU


www.cornwallcontemporary.com

Drawn to Life 2017

Friday, 16th June 2017 until Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Amidst the music and dancing of Penzance's Golowan Festival another ancient craft is celebrated as Redwing Gallery shows new work from local visual artists who draw from life. The Drawn To Life 2017 exhibition features a wide group of artists, some with over six decades of life experience, all of whom draw regularly. With work in a wide variety of sizes and media the show is sure to be of interest to any student of life.
Figure drawing is a classic artist's practice and way of training the eye, and approaches what is the simplest and yet the most challenging subject: what is a human being and how do you see that? The exhibition is a chance to see how dedicated contemporary artists handle this with pens, pencils, brushes, paint, printing, and more at at a weekly drop-in life drawing group in Penzance, attended by practitioners from all walks of life.
See website for opening times.
Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, (Just off market Jew Street), Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT


exhibition2017@lifedrawing.me
lifedrawing.me/show

 

 

Illogan Parish Fair 2017

Saturday, 8th July 2017

Community event in various locations in Churchtown, Illogan.
The event includes an art exhibition and local crafts, horticulture and domestic Show, as well as live entertainment, childrens entertainment, and lots of stalls.
Refreshments will be available.
11:00am until 5pm
Visit Facebook page for more information
Churchtown, Illogan, (near Redruth), Cornwall TR16 4SW


Land and Sea Exhibition

Tuesday, 18th July 2017 until Friday, 28th July 2017

Circa 21 is hosting the debut exhibition of budding artists Rose Pratt and Roos Van Leeuwen – Land and Sea. The two girls explore their connection to the area around them through a range of different mediums such as painting, print making and drawing.
From the windswept moors to lush green valleys, the rugged cliffs to the rolling waves, these muses have inspired their shared passion for nature, art and a sense of spiritual connection with the land of West Penwith in Cornwall.
After local artist Miss Pratt graduated from her degree at Plymouth she has been honing her skills with watercolour and exploring the use of oil paints. Drawn to the flora of the wild landscapes and gardens her work displays larger than life flowers, embodying magical qualities, too highly detailed illustrations which invoke dreamlike stories.
Dutch born Roos Van Leeuwen graduated in 2014 and moved to Cornwall to further her exploration of different spaces. One of these places is the hidden world below the seas rolling surface. She captures this world in an array of colour with silhouettes that echo the landscape and living inhabitants.
Each artist has different paths they take artistically to express the beauty they find and an affinity they have with Cornwall’s natural landscapes.
Here at Circa 21 we see these two elements in harmony.
Visit our Facebook events page
Circa 21, 21 Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2HR


rose1theheart@gmail.com

Hayle Art Society painting and craft exhibition

Sunday, 30th July 2017 until Sunday, 6th August 2017

Hayle Art Society Painting and craft exhibition.
Each member of the Hayle Art 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 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, 30th July 2017 until Sunday, 6th August 2017 Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm - Sundays 10am - 4pm
For posters for this event visit Hayle Art Society members page for downloadable posters.
Phillack Church Hall, 11 Copper Terrace, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4EB


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

Bizarre Beachcombing Exhibition

Wednesday, 9th August 2017 until Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Shipwrecks, mermaid’s tears, Lego, and all manner of strange things lost at sea and washed ashore on Cornish beaches.
A fascinating display of artefacts, photographs, and archive film footage in this community heritage exhibition that's suitable for the whole family.
Frree admission.
Open daily 11am to 3pm.
Light refreshments available.
Full disabled access, and free parking available.
Visit our Facebook events page
Centre of Pendeen, Village Community Centre, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7SE


 

 

 

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

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