AQUARIUM is an exhibition of sixteen UK artists who have completed the Newlyn School of Art’s One Year Mentoring Course, it is being held in the Art Deco PZ Gallery in Penzance, Cornwall which overlooks the sea and prom. This is a gorgeous setting for the varied works that include paintings, drawings, installations and sketchbooks to be seen in and for the dialogue between them to be appreciated.
Where: PZ Gallery, 7 Coinagehall Street, Penzance, TR18 4AY
When: 23rd – 25th November 2018
Private View: 23rd November 2018 18:00 – 22:00hrs with a performance by Geoff Stainthorp at 19:30hrs
23rd November 12:00 – 17:00hrs
24th November 12:00 – 17:00hrs
25th November 10:00 – 16:00hrs
More information on the show including the online pdf exhibition catalogue and raffle tickets for the opening night at £2 each which can be purchased in advance can be found from the Newlyn School of Art website.
(Social media handles for the show, gallery and course:
@newlynartschool @art_aquarium @pzgallery #nsamc18 #nsaaquarium)
Words and images taken from the AQUARIUM exhibition press release.
The sixteen exhibiting artists (with Instagram handles):
Belinda Ireland @belindairelandart
Debbie Cox @debbiecoxartist
Emma Roberts @emmarobertsartist
Geoff Stainthorp @Geoffstainthorp
Judith Kerr @judithakerr
Laurel Smart @laurelsmart
Mhairi Treharne @mhairi_treharne
Rob Unett @robunett
Simon Bird @simonbirdart
Sophie Carter @sophie_carter_artist
Stephen Heward @stephenhewardartist
Sue Rogers @sudearty
Sylvia Wadsley @sylviawadsleypainter
Theo Carter Weber @theocarterweber
Toby O’Brien @toby.obrien
Trevor Thorne @trevorthorneart
Newlyn School of Art presents ‘AQUARIUM’, a unique exhibition showcasing the distinct work of sixteen UK-based artists at the iconic PZ Gallery, Penzance, on Friday 23rd November 2018.
New narratives, challenging concepts and diverse perspectives underpin AQUARIUM’s extraordinary works, created by artists completing Newlyn School of Art’s One Year Mentoring Course. It will include installations, drawings and paintings and the opportunity to view a range of support work from artists’ statements, sketchbooks and process examples. The majority of work is for sale and the artists will often be available for discussion and interview.
Throughout the exhibition, held across three days, both artists and tutors will be discussing the works; visitors are welcome to come and listen in. AQUARIUM’s first night event is open to the public and starts at 6pm; it will feature a raffle of sixteen original works, one by each of the exhibiting artists.
“This will be a great social occasion and all the artists will be in attendance as well as a host of course tutors from Cornwall’s leading artists” says Jesse Leroy Smith, Lead tutor, Mentoring Programme. “All artists need honest feedback. The Mentoring course provides participants with a year of constructive criticism and that really can be life changing. It has been exciting to see these artists thrive from the group dynamic and continuous dialogue.”
“What this show represents is the desire for ‘happiness’, I choose a new direction” (1). scrawls one exhibitor.
“There is a lot of good Art being made here, there and everywhere; so why come to see this exhibition? Maybe because the energy and spirit with which it has been gathered, reflects a particular way forward,” continues Jesse. “For artists, the exhibition offers a means to create a rich and honest dialogue and for mentors the ability to speak their minds, share their experiences and to develop their knowledge, and for the public, to enjoy a decent convivial atmosphere and a generosity of spirit when looking at image.”
“Working and exhibiting as individual artists we may flounder and settle, within a group our resolve can be emboldened,” he adds. “When exhibiting with others, relationships between unrelated works of art can amplify meanings and responses. The works in this exhibition have not been chosen to make a critique on certain issues or suggest a new mode of expression. I would come to see this show for the interplay between the artworks, it reveals a lot about this human need for connection, the atmosphere is more akin to a speak easy than a gallery.”
“It’s always intriguing to see artists out of their comfort zone, in a generous and liberated mood so rather than just listen and watch, we invite you to join these exotic and splendid creatures within the ‘Aquarium’.”
“Can you feel a sense of unity with the natural world? With animals? With strangers?” (2)
Texts (1) and (2) by exhibiting artist, Theo Carter Weber
“Now in its sixth year, the One Year Mentoring Course is a singularly powerful, fascinating and positive experience made real by those who take part in it,” says Henry Garfit, Director and Founder of Newlyn School of Art. “The AQUARIUM exhibition reveals something of the unity the 2018 group has experienced over the course through their shared desire to understand how their work fits into the world around them and how they can most clearly communicate their artistic vision to others.”
The show coincides with a new episode for the PZ gallery. This notorious Art Deco ex-car showroom has been stripped bare, restored and rejuvenated. “Thanks to Jay, Nick and all those involved, it maintains the reputation as a space to invent and invite. Swimming in light it is an ‘Aquarium’ for sure, where people and creations can congregate and gaze,” Jesse concludes.
The One Year Artist Mentoring Course at The Newlyn School of Art
Held at the Newlyn School of Art over six weekends, each two months apart, the One Year Mentoring Course offers artists the remarkable experience of a year of guidance from many of Cornwall’s leading artists, providing mentoring, one-to-one and group tutorials and professional development.
Work is created between sessions and brought in for the weekends to gain guidance from the artists who teach on the course. It is also shared in the supportive and constructive environment of the group.
At times during each weekend, there are up to six artists simultaneously teaching participants, providing an incredibly high ratio of contemporary artist tutors to students.
As art worlds fade and flourish, artists need to be shaping their own direction rather than fitting in to existing models.
Whilst the Mentors are exhibiting nationally and internationally in public and commercial galleries, art fairs and residencies, they are also often responsible for initiating projects that explore new forms of curating, collaboration, education and professional support. They tend to be more proactive in stimulating a wider approach to the Arts and so are ideally placed to share their knowledge and help emerging artists foster their own paths.
The Mentoring Team includes; Jesse Leroy Smith, Gareth Edwards, Kate Walters, Rachael Reeves, Anthony Garratt, Jessica Cooper, Faye Dobinson, Marie Claire Hamon, Henry Garfit, Sam Bassett, Jacques Nimki, Matthew Benington and Jack Davis.
(Social media handles:
@newlynartschool @art_aquarium @pzgallery #nsamc18 #nsaaquarium)
Quotes about the 2018 Mentoring Course
“Newlyn School of Art provides contemporary exposure, fosters art relationships, and platforms a space to reflect upon and forge new work”
“This course has given me courage to develop my voice, confidence to build on failure, and immeasurable insight from established artists that I can apply throughout my artistic career”
“A time to engage with professionals and peers alike, in an ongoing discussion and critique of work and practice. Allowing development and process to be refined and incisive” Geoff Stainthorp
“I’ve repeatedly travelled a long way to attend this course and it’s been a source of inspiration, a great experience and a privilege. If I’d only made great new friends this would have been worth it, but the expertise and counselling of the tutors, and the great care that the school takes to ensure that we maximise learning from the opportunity has made this an excellent experience”
“A place to examine, share, advise, contemplate, react and regroup”
“The Defining Practice and Mentoring courses at Newlyn have helped me to re-evaluate, develop and position my cultural practice. The School shines like a beacon of hope in the dark world we currently inhabit”
“The course has filled an artistic wilderness! The excellent tutoring, feedback from group crits and challenges to thought and working processes has greatly enabled me to develop my practise as an artist. I have a better understanding of how to place my work, how the art world works, and feel positive for the future”
About Newlyn School of Art
Founded in 2011, Newlyn School of Art is a dynamic and innovative art school situated in the heart of the famous artistic colony of Newlyn in Cornwall. The School provides a wide range of high quality and exciting short art courses in disciplines such as painting, drawing and printmaking and yearlong practical and mentoring courses; all taught by over thirty of the most respected artists working in Cornwall today.
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+44 (0) 1736 365 557 Newlyn School of Art @newlynartschool @newlynartschool firstname.lastname@example.org