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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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.

Guido Lanteri-Laura wins the Midas Award 2014

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Guido Lanteri Laura has been announced winner of the prestigious Midas 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) Fine Art 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

Falmouth graduate Stacey Guthrie shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries

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(c) Stacey Guthrie

Chosen from 1,400 submissions via an anonymous selection process, 2013 BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate Stacey Guthrie will be informed of the outcome of Bloomberg New Contemporaries by mid-May.

Founded in 1949 as the ‘Young Contemporaries’, the Arts Council sponsored exhibition helps to launch promising artists. The annual selection is made by artists and writers who are often previous winners themselves.

Stacey said, ‘I am delighted to have been shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Since graduating it’s been a whirlwind of activity and it feels great to be representing Cornwall and being part of showcasing the great wealth of creativity and talent we have down here.’

Stacey, who lives in West Cornwall, is also involved in a current exhibition with Millennium Gallery, St. Ives, and Spectrum, the autism charity. The exhibition, ‘I’ (Passing Through the Veil of Solitude) runs until 20 April at Telegraph House in Truro.

Painter and Falmouth Fine Art Senior Lecturer Mark Surridge – St. Ives Exhibition

Alignment Dark, 120 x 150cm, (C)Mark Surridge

Opening 18:45 (Private view) Friday 14 March, until 22 April

Alignments | Millennium Gallery, St. Ives

The Millennium Gallery website features a catalogue, including and exhibition introduction by Neil Mcleod, Senior Lecturer on BA(Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth, and an interview film with Mark Surridge.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Alignments: Traces, signs and veils, obscured by time, are re imagined in this new series of paintings. Particular sites around Bodmin Moor are ‘mapped’, remembered and transformed into works of ‘equivalence of experience’. Notions of archaeology are explored on canvas, where half hidden images appear in the paint, revealing excavated codes and syntaxes. Some of the paintings are divided into two parts, suggesting the passing of accumulated time or the movement of an ultra violet scanning device, searching for meaning.     Mark Surridge, 2014

Land Mantle Blue, 120 x 150cm (C)Mark Surridge

 Mark Surridge was born in 1963. He moved from London to set up home and studio in the depths of the Cornish countryside, since then he has established himself as one of the new and exciting generation of artists, exhibiting nationally and within the region. Landscape and the elemental forces of nature have been major inspirations in his work, resulting in ambitious large scale paintings and more recently, construction paintings, sculpture, installation and print making.

Surridge’s distinctive and individual work has been in numerous solo and mixed exhibitions as well as art fairs and open art competitions. The painting Storm Glow was shown in the Tate St. Ives exhibition ‘Art Now Cornwall’ in 2007, confirming his reputation as an emerging mid career artist.

nb: The Millennium Gallery is now Anima-Mundi.

Xenolith Green, 100 x 120cm, (C)Mark Surridge