Artist Sean Lynch to talk at Falmouth School of Art – 10 May – Register now

We are pleased to announce this addition to our 2016-17 Guest Speaker programme.  In partnership with CAST as part of the Groundwork programme, Falmouth School of Art welcomes artist Sean Lynch on Wednesday 10 May, 5pm.

Irish artist Sean Lynch is interested in loose ends within stories: the footnotes that tend to get lost, and how to mediate their presence. The sculptures, installations, videos and publications generated in this process are speculative and open-ended. He forensically investigates anecdotes and half-truths, uncovering marginalised stories, forming them into alternative arrangements of history to open up new understandings. For example, he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 with Adventure: Capital, a multi-media installation that took viewers on a journey through myth and ideas of minimalism across Ireland and Britain, exploring value from an anthropological view point.

Born in 1978, Lynch lives in Dublin and studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He has recently held solo exhibitions at The Rose Art Museum, Boston, Modern Art Oxford, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, amongst others. With Michele Horrigan, he works at Askeaton Contemporary Arts, organising artist residencies and exhibitions in southwest Ireland.

Over the last few years, Lynch has been a regular visitor to Cornwall, preparing a new artwork for Groundwork, an international art programme developed and delivered by CAST in Cornwall, that will culminate next year in a series of high-profile commissions and sited work. (http://c-a-s-t.org.uk/projects/groundwork).

This is a free event but registration is required via Eventbrite.

Falmouth School of art Guest Speakers announced for autumn 2016

We’re excited to announce the line-up of Guest Speakers for our autumn programme, commencing Wednesday, 28 September. All events are free, but booking is required, as spaces are limited. To register for any of these events, use our Eventbrite page: https://falmouthschoolofart.eventbrite.co.uk

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We start with Alan Kane, on Wednesday 28 September at 5pm, whose installations and photographs often question the distinction between high art and everyday creativity, often bringing commonplace objects into artistic contexts. His most celebrated work is Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK (2000-5), co-curated with Jeremy Deller. The archive brought together drawing, film, performance, costume, decoration, political opinion, humour and objects in a celebration of the diversity and richness of Britain’s folk art. Life Class: Today’s Nude (2009) involved broadcasting a life drawing class nationwide on Channel 4, sharing with daytime TV audiences the esoteric world of the artist’s studio.

On 12 October we’re joined by James Binning, of the Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble. Assemble are based in London and began working together in 2010. Encompassing the fields of art, architecture and design, Assemble’s practice seeks to address disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Their working practice is interdependent and collaborative, actively involving the public as participants and collaborators. Assemble’s 2015 Turner Prize winning project in Liverpool involved the refurbishment of a group of houses in Toxteth, Liverpool, worn down by neglect. Some residents had began the process of regeneration – planting gardens and painting murals – and the community land trust that now runs the neighbourhood brought Assemble on board. Binning completed his Foundation in Art and Design at Falmouth in 2006.

In association with CAST and The Cornwall Workshop, Ruth Ewan is our guest on 19 November. Ruth’s work includes events, installation, writing and printed matter. Her practice explores overlooked histories of radical, political and utopian thought, bringing to light specific ideas in order to question how we might live today. Always engaging with others, her projects involve a process of focused research and close collaboration –  recent projects have led her to develop context specific projects within schools, prisons, hospitals, libraries, universities, Parliament and London Underground.

On 2 November, we welcome Tania KovatsKovats’ sculptures, large-scale installations and temporal works explore our experience and understanding of landscape. Best known for her large-scale works in the public realm, Kovats produced Tree (2009), a wafer thin longitudinal section of the entire structure of a 200-hundred-year old oak, permanently inserted into the ceiling of the Natural History Museum. For Rivers (2012), she collected water from one hundred rivers around the British Isles. Oceans (2014), explored her preoccupation with the sea. Kovats’ interest in drawing is reflected in works including British Isles and All the Islands of All the Oceans. She is also author of The Drawing Book – a Survey of drawing: the primary means of expression (2007), and Course Director for MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, London.

Finally this term, Falmouth alumnus Hew Locke returns, this time as our Visiting Professor of Fine Art, an appointment that we are delighted he has accepted for the next three years. Locke’s investigation of the display of power includes areas such as royal and swagger portraiture, coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, financial documents, weaponry and costume. He states: ‘This …(work is) essentially about power – who had it, who has it and who desires it’.

 

 

ELLA-STRATED: Ben Rivers at Falmouth

Ben Rivers EdgelandsCAST and LUX presented a series of films selected by Ben Rivers titled ‘Edgelands’ at Falmouth School of Art. The film sequence was inspiring and entertaining, marking a great way to end the lecture series for this year.

How Drawing is bringing art and science together

We enjoyed THIS POST on The Big Draw website, by Tate St. Ives’ Kenna Hernly, about the recent launch of the Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre (CMADC) at CAST in Helston.

CMADC is the project of Falmouth School of Art Associate Lecturer Gemma Anderson, and a group of Falmouth BA(Hons) Drawing students attended the launch.

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BA(Hons) Drawing students at CAST

BA(Hons) Drawing students had the opportunity of a work placement at the Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, CAST Studios, in Helston.  This project creates a space to explore artistic and scientific practices, especially drawing and artistic fieldwork, as ways of knowing the natural world.

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Gemma Anderson, in the centre of the picture, is an Associate Lecturer of Drawing and PhD Researcher at Falmouth University.

Launch – The Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre

The Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre (CMADC), a project by artist Gemma Anderson, will launch on 21 March at its venue at the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST), a former school of arts and science in Helston. CMADC is ideally located to build on the region’s unique tradition in arts and the natural sciences.

In the free launch event, Anderson will present her new book about drawing and natural form: Isomorphology and together with scientists Colin French and Courtenay Smale, introduce a science film screening, after which participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Centre’s natural science microscopes and collections.

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Anderson, with the collaboration of Cornwall and London-based scientists (botanists, mineralogists and mathematicians), will host a series of workshops open to the public and the science and arts communities. Held at the Centre but also in the field, workshops will focus on topics of current scientific research and introduce participants to the approach to the understanding of the natural world that the artist has been developing throughout her art practice and research career.

The first workshop is to be held the week following the launch, Sunday 29th. It is titled ‘Isomorphology on the Lizard’ and will combine artistic and scientific approaches in the Loe Bar area and at the Centre. More information and programme details can be found at the project’s website.

The Centre, made possible by a starter fund from Falmouth University, is building on the support of several regional institutions. The Biosciences Department and Camborne School of Mines at University of Exeter, Penryn have donated respectively 10 zoological and 10 petrological microscopes to the nascent Centre. CMADC will repurpose redundant scientific equipment for new uses through the application of the artists’ methods.

Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre

The new Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, based at CAST in Helston, has launched its website.

This project, led by artist and Falmouth School of Art Associate Lecturer Gemma Andersonwill create a space to explore artistic and scientific practices, especially drawing and artistic fieldwork, as ways of knowing the natural world. Learning will be activated through the shared space of an artists studio and educational practice, focused on sharing rather than teaching. The use of dematerialized mediums such as talks, drawing workshops, fieldwork and discussions aims to expand the question of education as art in the context of CAST as an artist studio group and project space.

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CMADC aims to explore ways in which art practice and learning can be integrated in a shared space which draws directly from Cornwall’s morphology resources: the landscape (fieldwork), museum and university specimens and art and science practitioners.