Midas Exhibition 2016 opens 11 November

Recent work by Linda Straehl (video still)

Recent work by Linda Straehl (video still)

We’re getting ready for the 2016 Midas Exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery, featuring work by ten artists, selected from their BA(Hons) Fine Art degree shows at Falmouth Campus this summer.

The exhibition runs from 12 November to 7 January, and includes work by Ella Caie (film), Finbar Conran (kinetic and sound installation), Tanya Cruz (sculptural video installation), Robert Davis (large kinetic sculpture and other works), Joe Fenwick-Wilson (painting and sculpture), Nicholas Griffin (painting), Zoë Pearce (painting), Bharat Rajagopal (painting), Isabel Ramos (video installation), and Calum Rees-Gildea (painting).

In the lower gallery, last year’s Midas winner, Linda Straehl, who graduated in 2015, will present a new video work.

A preview evening on 11 November (7-9pm) will include food from Cornish Fusion Fish and Food, as well as a pay bar. We are pleased to be enabling a group of current BA(Hons) Fine Art students will be attend the preview and an Artists’ Talk at 11am on 12 November, also open to the public (free with the cost of admission).

For more than ten years, Midas Construction, through the Midas Award, with Falmouth University, Newlyn Art Gallery and Anima-Mundi (formerly Millennium, St Ives), has provided recent graduates with funding for materials, mentoring and an exhibition in their first year after university.

A number of those exhibiting this year were featured by ArtCornwall talking about their work earlier this year: read more here.

Simon Averill – 444 paintings at Anima-Mundi

 

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Falmouth School of Art Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Simon Averill, is exhibiting at Anima-Mundi in St. Ives from 10 June.

Simon has lectured at Falmouth since 1989, and has exhibited his work widely in selected exhibitions in the UK and internationally.

“My paintings are a response to time spent within nature; I’m drawn to the commonplace, the unnoticed. I try to capture the fleeting and the transitory; the effect of light – not only how it appears, but also how it behaves…I am also interested in the psychology of decision making within the creative process and my work investigates the relationship between spontaneity and control. My paintings allow these seemingly disparate ideas to co-exist side by side.”

Next month, Simon with be co-delivering Falmouth School of Art’s Abstract Painting Summer Intensives.

Also showing, on the top floors of the gallery, is artist Youki Hirakawa‘s ‘Secret Fire’.

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BA Fine Art Graduate Linda Straehl Wins Tenth Midas Award

Winner Linda Straehl with her final work

The winner of the prestigious Midas Award was announced at a private view at the Millennium Gallery in St Ives, which also launched an art exhibition showcasing the work of all the finalists.

Linda Straehl was chosen from a shortlist of five artists, who have all recently graduated from Falmouth with a fine art degree. Linda was presented with the award at the Millennium Gallery on Friday 06 November by Steve Hindley, CBE, Chairman of South West construction firm The Midas Group.

Linda received materials or studio space worth up to £1,500 and a year’s mentoring from an art tutor based at Falmouth, before enjoying the opportunity to stage her own solo exhibition at, in alternate years, the Millennium Gallery or Newlyn Art Gallery.

Linda Straehl, said: “I feel very lucky to win the award, and especially the support that the award offers the winner. As a video maker I rely on equipment a lot, so being able to work closely with Falmouth University for another year now will allow me to create new work, which is very hard when you leave University. Many people find it difficult to continue their art after they graduate as they juggle a full or part time job. This will be great for my continued development as an artist.”

The Midas Art Award, now in its tenth year, is a joint initiative between Cornwall-based Midas Construction (part of the Midas Group), Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, the Millennium Gallery in St Ives, and Falmouth University to help new and emerging artists succeed in the professional contemporary art world.

The award is sponsored by Midas Construction, a division of The Midas Group – one of the largest independent construction companies in the South West – which is committed to investing in the communities that it works in.

Steve Hindley, Chairman of The Midas Group, said: “People often ask me why Midas supports an art award. Our relationship with Cornwall goes back a long way, we have always played a key role in developing the infrastructure of the county, so being involved in its culture as well is very important and we are very proud of it. We have seen some incredible work this year and I congratulate Linda on her success. It’s also fantastic to see last year’s winner, Guido Lanteri Laura, back exhibiting his new work.”

Professor Anne Carlisle, VC & CEO, Falmouth University, said: “Ten years is a huge achievement. When this award began none of us could have anticipated what a key role the creative industries would now play in the UK economy. 1 in 5 jobs are in the culture and creative industries now, it’s a key contributor to the success of Britain. As the top Arts University in the UK, Falmouth University is delighted to have the support of Midas.”

Anne Carlisle (Falmouth University), Linda Straehl and Steve Hindley (3)

Dr Ginny Button, Director, The Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth University, said: “An award like this is a great opportunity for Fine Art recent graduates to experience collaborating with a professional curator. Most importantly the Midas exhibition helps them start to develop an audience and a critical context for their work.”

The winner was chosen by a judging panel which included Dr Ginny Button; Tessa Purdy, Business Development Co-ordinator at Midas Construction Ltd; James Green, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange; Blair Todd, Exhibitions Curator and Deputy Director at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange; Joseph Clarke, Gallery Director at the Millennium Gallery and independent curator, Kelly Taylor.

The five students from Falmouth University’s BA (Hons) Fine Art course shortlisted for the tenth Midas Award 2015 were Sean Fergus, Ross Gamble, Jessie Giudici Mumford, Hana Omori and Linda Straehl. The five finalists were selected from 51 entries, based on the strength of their degree show work.

L-R Jessie Guidici, Hana Omori, Sean Fergus, Linda Straehl (front), Ross Gamble

In addition, last year’s winner, Guido Lanteri Laura, who is currently studying for an MA in Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, opened a solo show at the same exhibition.

‘Film Club’ series at CAST in Helston starts tonight!

CAST Isaac Julien poster (3)CAST in Helston has recently announced a new ‘Film Club’ series programmed by curator Kelly Taylor, at which she will introduce a series of screenings of artists’ films and documentaries. This is an exceptional opportunity to see a range of outstanding moving image work, with opportunities to discuss informally.

The first ‘Film Club’ screening takes place tonight and will present a programme of three short films by Isaac Julien, usually exhibited only in gallery contexts: True North, 2004, Fantôme Afrique, 2005and Western Union: Small Boats (The Leopard), 2007 and also includes an 8-minute short entitled ‘Wise Woman’ by Linda Straehl, one of our alumna, who recently won the 2015 Midas Prize.  Her work is currently on show at the Millenium Gallery in St Ives.

Short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2001, Isaac Julien is internationally known for his poetic, often sumptuous, moving image work.  The films are inspired by historical or real life situations, but they are neither narrative nor documentary. Julien describes his work as ‘political lyricism’; he responds visually and thinks through images.  He is a key figure in the development of film as a medium used by artists.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see his work. Admission is free.

The screening starts at 7.30 and CAST CAFÉ will serve supper from 6.30: ‘something hot and something sweet’ at £5 per head.  Both the supper and the screening will be held in the CAST CAFÉ space. If you would like to have supper please arrive in good time; food will be served on a first come first served basis.

Further screenings in the ‘Film Club’ series are planned for the following dates: Friday 11th December, Friday 8th January, Friday 29th January, Friday 12th February and Friday 4th March.

CAST (the former Passmore Edwards School of Science and Art) is at 3 Penrose Road, Helston TR13 8TP. Enquiries to dominic.r.bailey@gmail.com Telephone: 07814 101551.

 

 

 

Private View of the Midas Award on Friday 6 November

Celebrating 10 years of the Midas Award, the Private View for the Midas Award 2015 takes place on Friday 6 November.

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Guido Lanteri-Laura wins the Midas Art Award 2014

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Guido Lanteri Laura has been announced winner of the prestigious Midas Art Award at a private view held at Newlyn Art Gallery on Friday 17 October. The award was presented alongside the exhibition launch, which showcases work by all of the finalists, recent BA(Hons) graduates Guido Lanteri Laura, Laura Adams, Calum Armstrong, Diana Bechmann and Jon Doran. Also opening was Existed, the solo exhibition by last year’s winner, Marc Messenger.

Much of Guido’s work consists of primitively edited films in which physical acts and performances can be represented in a way that create moments of doubt within the mind of the audience. These moments of doubt have the ability to not only send the protagonist into a different world, but simultaneously send the audience there with him.

Guido comments, “I was shortlisted for the Midas Art Award from the degree show, and it’s fantastic to win. Now I’ve won this award, I will look to continue my work and aim to apply for a place at the Royal College of Art in the new year”. He receives a prize worth £1,500, a year’s mentoring from an art tutor based at Falmouth, and the opportunity to stage his own solo exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, St. Ives in the autumn of 2015.

The exhibition is on at Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance until 15 November. The gallery is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and entry is free, donations welcome. Alongside the finalists’ exhibition, paintings by Caroline Pedler will also be on display in The Picture Room from 18 October to 15 November. All works are for sale.

The Midas Award 2014

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Midas Award Shortlist – Calum Armstrong, Laura Adams, Diana Bechmann, Guido Lanteri Laura and Jon Doran

Five artists were selected from this year’s degree shows at Falmouth University for this group exhibition, which runs at Newlyn Gallery from 18 October to 15 November. The shortlisted artists, Laura AdamsCalum ArmstrongDiana BechmannJon Doran and Guido Lanteri Laura will present their work in the upper gallery.

Last year’s winner, Marc Messenger, will present Existed, a solo show of miniature sculptures, inspired by Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Each piece is created from a mix of materials including wood and steel, combined with natural elements such as flowers, moss, and seaweed. The installation, comprising one hundred sculptures, will be in the lower gallery.

Work from this year’s shortlisted artists includes Mindscape, an atmospheric animation by Laura Adams set in a dark and mysterious building where strange occurrences take place. Calum Armstrong’s architectural sculptures, made with clay, sand and straw, will buttress the gallery walls and push up against the ceiling. Diana Bechmann’s intricately carved plaster sculptures feature life size figures, shrouded and bound in fabric. Jon Doran’s series of paintings feature young people finding their way through woodlands, paused at the fork in a path or tentatively stepping into a stream. Guido Lanteri Laura’s film Modo Del Abeglia, features his alter ego, Jean-Pierre Lanteri, performing gravity-defying actions in the forested mountains of his ancestors.

The 2014 winner, announced on Friday 17th October at the private view, will receive a year’s supply of art materials, professional mentoring and a solo show at Millennium Gallery in the autumn of 2015, providing the opportunity to present work in a high-profile professional venue.

Private View & Award Ceremony Friday 17th October 7.30 – 9.30pm