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Cornwall Contemporary Book | 1 September 2018

To coincide with our Summer Collection at the gallery, we published a book featuring work by many favourite Cornwall Contemporary artists.

The new 28 book features Cornwall Contemporary artists along with artist biographies and portraits and it is available to purchase from the gallery for £10 (including P&P). They are the perfect keepsake of all your favourite artists and for anyone interested in the contemporary arts scene on Cornwall. Give us a call on 01736 874749 or email us at sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com to order your copy.

Cornwall Contemporary’s Summer Collection | 25 August 2018

Our Summer Collection 2018 featured a vibrant and diverse selection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics throughout the 3 floors of the gallery. 

 

From portraiture, to landscape, to abstract, to figurative, it was a wonderful showcase of Cornwall Contemporary talent. You can view the exhibition

here

Kristin Vestgard ‘Find You’ 2 page feature review in Western Morning News | 11 August 2018

Kristin Vestgard ‘Find You’ exhibition | 10 August 2018

“I work intuitively, I usually have an abstract idea or an emotion that lingers with me, or it might be something I have seen somewhere; a glimpse of something that draws me in. I like playing with my figures, their faces and their bodies, the way they place themselves in an atmosphere and what they quietly speak of. This takes me on a journey and often I am not sure where my figures come from until a few years later, or why they end up like this. I keep wiping off and adding paint, keep adding marks and building layers into the final piece, until the feeling is right.
I know I don’t want anything to feel stuck or pinned down. It must be a gentle balance of being both here and not here,
fleeting but with a nerve. I gather pieces here and there bringing it all together, trying to make some sense and poetry
without words, manifesting an existence.
Putting it all into words is difficult I think; I want the viewer to bring their own stories.”
Kristin Vestgard, 2018

Kristin’s 2018 solo exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary was another stunning collection of sensitive and heartfelt oil on canvas portraits.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, Director of Cornwall Contemporary, hanging Kristin Vestgard’s portrait paintings.

 

 

 

Kristin Vestgard was born in Norway in 1976 and studied Painting and Drawing at Nordfjord Folk High School 1995 – 96, then at Oslo Painting and drawing School 1996 – 97 and finished her studies at Falmouth College of Arts, obtaining a first class honours degree 1997 – 2000. She subsequently lived in Falmouth for a further 10 years before returning to live and work in Norway. 

Her paintings have become highly sought after and her 2018 exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary drew many people to the gallery and resulted in many sales and commissions for the artist.

you can see Kristin’s paintings in the exhibition

here

David Mankin studio visit | 27 July 2018

Had the most wonderful morning yesterday visiting David Mankin in his studio, selecting paintings and discussing his forthcoming show with us. I can’t wait to hang these paintings in the gallery and share them all with you. They are brilliantly dynamic and filled with a huge amount of movement and depth, and his palette is exceptional. It’s going to be a simply stunning exhibition. David’s show opens on 26th September – definitely a date for your diary.

Maggie Matthews – 4 page feature in Cornwall Today Magazine | 11 July 2018

Maggie Matthews | in Bloom | an exhibition observing the National Dahlia Collection | 10 July 2018

Maggie Matthews at the National Dahlia Collection
“We love to give flowers, expressing our most powerful feelings from the joyful celebration of love to profound grief, they mark the most important moments in our lives. Today we import most of our flowers from distant lands, but Cornwall has a rich history in farming flowers. On the Isles of Scilly in 1870 Mr William Trevellick packed some daffodils into an old hat box and posted them off to Covent Garden and so an industry was born.
Taking advantage of the early mild springs daffodils became an important crop and with the coming of the railway West Cornwall regularly supplied London and beyond. It was while crossing one of the many footpaths on the slopes opposite St Michael’s Mount that I came across Varfell Farm where “Greenyard Flowers” is the world’s largest daffodil producer, leaders in the growing and packing of daffodils. It’s not just daffodils grown here as I was about to find out, but spectacular fields of Agapanthus and Amaryllis. Following the sign to “The National Dahlia Collection” I wandered into the most spectacular field filled with every vibrant colour and form of flower you can imagine. I returned many times over the coming months with my sketchbook and camera in hand. It wasn’t long until I met the production manager of the collection Louise Danks and Gilles Deprez. Louise and Gilles explained that the collection holds over 1,600 new and heritage varieties, a real national treasure.   
This exhibition brings together the body of work which was to follow, I hope you find it as colourful and vibrant as The National Dahlia Collection, and if you ever get chance to visit the collection in the summer months you won’t be disappointed.”
Maggie Matthews

 

 

Maggie Matthew’s solo exhibition for Cornwall Contemporary in 2018, was an in depth look at the National Dahlia Collection near Penzance. Maggie has always used nature as the inspiration for her paintings, whether looking into rock pools, or in hedgerows and then abstracting the on site drawings into paintings in the studio, and this exhibition explored the floral patterns and shapes of the extensive collection of dahlias on the outskirts of Penzance. 

photograph of Sarah Brittain Mansbridge and Maggie Matthews smiling and sitting amongst flowers at an exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, director of Cornwall Contemporary with Maggie Matthews, surrounding by beautiful dahlias from the National Dahlia Collection, whilst hanging Maggie Matthews’ In Bloom exhibition.

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The exhibition got off to a flying start with a very busy private view and lots of red dots. There was a huge amount of interest and many reviews about the exhibition including features in Cornwall Today Magazine, Manor Magazine and the Western Morning News.

You can view Maggie’s paintings in the exhibition here

Janet Lynch | ‘Without a Map’ | exhibition | 30 April 2018

Janet Lynch

JOURNEY
Without a map

“Making art is a life long journey, a life long search, for an answer to an unknown question.
There are promises, and there are pitfalls , but best of all there are some days that are wonderfully surprising.
Sometimes you turn a corner and find the unexpected , days when out of nowhere, you find an image that did not exist before, but which will now always have its own place in the world.
Those are the worthwhile days that make me smile.”                             

 Janet Lynch, March 2018

a photograph of Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge and Janet Lynch at Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, director of Cornwall Contemporary, with Janet Lynch at the launch of her exhibition ‘Journey – Without a Map’

     

Throughout April 2018, Janet Lynch showcased another solo exhibition of her narrative and lyrical figurative paintings at Cornwall Contemporary.

Janet Lynch lives and works in West Cornwall and she studied at St. Martins School of Art, later returning to art education at Hornsey College after taking time out to raise her family. She has had a prestigious career to date including solo exhibitions at White Space Gallery, Islington Arts Factory and Lauderdale House in London. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at a wide variety of locations including The Barbican, Royal Academy Summer Show, Beardsmore Gallery and the Hyde Park Gallery in London. Her paintings were also recently exhibited in the 2018 influential Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.

In conjunction with her exhibition, Janet also launched a small book of her poetry –

The book ‘Life, Love, Sex, Death’ featuring Janet’s artwork and 14 of her short poems was sold with all proceeds raised donated to Smile Train – the international children’s charity that transforms the lives of children by giving them the power of a smile and providing corrective surgery for cleft lips and palates. £360 was raised whilst Janet’s exhibition was on, meaning that two children are going to have cleft repair surgery giving them the power to smile. A huge congratulations is due to Janet!

Signed copies of the book are still on sale with us and all money will go directly to Smile Train.
Contact us on 01736 874749 or email sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com if you would like to buy a signed copy for £10 (£11 inc p&p)

Neil Pinkett – St. Michael’s Mount exhibition | 15 April 2018

the artist Neil Pinkett painting en plein air at Cape Cornwall on the cliffsMarch 2018 saw a very special exhibition open at Cornwall Contemporary. Neil Pinkett, who has lived opposite St. Michael’s Mount in Marazion for a number of years, decided to dedicate all of the paintings in his solo show to the iconic view of the “castle in the sea” 

It was ironic that whilst the exhibition was on, Neil received news that he was actually to move from marazion, making the exhibition that much more poignant for him.

We had a bustling private view, including an appearance by Lord James St. Levan who kindly wrote this for our exhibition catalogue – 

 
 
“I am fortunate to live somewhere which has attracted artists over the centuries. At one level, this has produced pictorial evidence of how buildings and plantings have evolved over time. At another, it is often intriguing to see how a place one thinks one knows well is perceived in another’s eyes. 
 
And while St Michael’s Mount has been painted many times over, it is much more unusual for an artist to put together a whole collection of work that captures its different moods and picks out the detail that gives the island its individual and quirky character. 
 
Neil Pinkett’s art breathes his love of the Cornish coast. He lives in Marazion and is therefore constantly aware of the Mount. It is so very apt that he has been inspired to take on this ambitious project.”
 
James St Levan
 

you can see the paintings in Neil’s wonderful ‘St. Michael’s Mount’ exhibition here

Our new video! | 21 March 2018

Over this winter, work began on filming activity at Cornwall Contemporary for a short film about the gallery and our artists. Funded by Creative Cultivator and filmed by Three S Films, filming focused on hanging Maggie Matthews’ paintings in the gallery, chatting to Alasdair Lindsay in his studio, watching Neil Pinkett painting outside on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall and Kristin Vestgard’s private view at the gallery.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed with Maggie Matthews in Cornwall Contemporary

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed with Ken Spooner at Cornwall Contemporary

Chatting to Alasdair Lindsay in his studio

Mitch from Three S Films setting up a close-up shot of paintings and sculpture

Filming on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall with Neil Pinkett

we are all thrilled with the end result and you can see the film below –

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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

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Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge
sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com

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