Throughout January 2016 I am visiting my artists in their studios and also visiting other artistic institutions and venues to learn more about how my artists work and to gain further insight in how best to support them. The new year is a time to step back from the daily running of the gallery, and to get a broader understanding of where my artists are with their working practice and to see if they need any support, help or just general cheerleading in the run up to their exhibitions.
My first five days were spent with Ken Spooner in his ceramics studio. Ken is a multi disciplinary artist with separate studios for painting, ceramics, welding and sculpture. Ken is a true creative visionary and it was a joy and a privilege to see the processes behind his work.
Then came a day spent with Maggie Matthews and a sneak preview of the stunning canvases that she has started work on in preparation for her show in summer 2016. I have worked with Maggie for 18 years now and it’s wonderful to see her produce her finest work yet – a true marriage of colour, balance, form and mark making – simply superb.
I am now two days into a week long stay at Leach Pottery, St. Ives, learning more about the Leach legacy and contemporary ceramics. It’s a fascinating and inspiring environment and I am learning a great deal. Next week I will visit Janet Lynch in her studio to see her wonderful narrative and lyrical paintings – can’t wait!
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge Director, Cornwall Contemporary