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Falmouth School of Art Lecturers selected for John Moores Painting Prize 2018

Virginia Verran, Associate Lecturer on BA(Hons) Fine Art and Peter Matthews, Visiting Lecturer on BA(Hons) Drawing, have been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018.

This year the John Moores Painting Prize is celebrating 60 years. Named after sponsor Sir John Moores (1896-1993), it is the UK’s best-known painting competition, and culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, forming a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial.

The John Moores exhibition is held in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, and showcases some of the best contemporary painters from across the UK.

Sir Peter Blake became the first Patron of the Prize in 2011 and says, “The John Moores is one of the most prestigious art competitions in the UK and winning the Junior Prize in 1961 is one of the achievements of which I am most proud.”

Virginia Verran – current work at her studio in Bethnal Green, London.

 

 

Peter Matthews  is a Visiting Lecturer on our BA(Hons) Drawing. Of his success this year he says, “Really delighted to be showing a large scale painting at the 60th John Moores Painting Prize”.

 

Virginia Verran was born in Falmouth and has taught Fine Art since 1990. She is an Associate Lecturer on Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Fine Art course, and also teaches at Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2010 she won the Jerwood Drawing Prize and this year her entry in the 2018 John Moores Painting Prize is titled ‘Black Star’; a large piece measuring 6ft x 5ft6ins.  She lives in London and works in her studio in Bethnal Green.

 

 

MA Illustration: Authorial practice graduates win Laydeez do Comics Graphic Novel Prizes

The Laydeez do Comics Prize exists to provide “recognition and celebration of the wealth of comics work currently being produced by female-identifying people based in the UK”.

 

Emma Burleigh, a recent graduate of MA Illustration: Authorial Practice has won the first £2K Laydeez do Comics; Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novels in Progress for her graphic novel My Other Mother, My Other Self .

Emma is an artist and art teacher who is passionate about the vibrant, glowing and mercurial qualities of water-colour and mixed media. ” I’m interested in everyday life, the inner life and the layers of life in between.”  In 2015, she completed an MA in ‘Authorial Illustration’ at Falmouth University, with Distinction and My Other Mother, My Other Self is a development of her MA graphic novel, Birth Mother.

Birth Mother was an exploration in words and painting about her journey … Emma says ” It’s about tracing my birth mother who I traced about ten years ago, and it’s really just the story of how I found her and how our relationship unfolded. It actually becomes more about my relationship with myself.”

Emma was thrilled to be shortlisted for the prize as she has been working on her book for many years.

 

Rebecca Jones, a 2012 graduate also from MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, came fourth.

She said about her entry into the competition… “I’ve been making comics properly for about five years – cat zines that are a little bit fantastical and a bit silly. I’ve been trying to make something new by moving into social issues and doing something that’s a bit more personal. It’s called Boomerang and it’s about an unemployed psychology graduate who’s moved back home after graduation and it’s an exploration of issues around the 2008 recession and the following economic crash. It’s about a rite of passage of a few months of not knowing what to do and what it means to be an adult.”

National Open Art success for Falmouth Fine Artist

We’re delighted to congratulate second year BA(Hons) Fine Art student Edward Spencer, whose painting has made it to the final of the 21st National Open Art competition, from around 4000 entries.

Edward grew up in East Kent, and before joining Falmouth School of Art, completed a Foundation year at the Royal Drawing School in London, where he won the End of Year Exhibition Award. He told us, ‘I entered my painting, Untitled, to various art prizes before the summer; I’d never done it before and thought I’d give it a go. I’m very glad it’s being recognised, and it’s exciting to see a painting I produced in my small mezzanine first year studio engaging and interacting within a much wider context than my course here in Falmouth’.

Of Untitled, Edward says, ‘I work very intuitively, very rarely planning my paintings, but allow them to form themselves through the making. However, with this particular work, I started with a gridded structure, separating land/sea and sky, with the horizon at the centre. Moving to Falmouth from my year in London, I was struck by the presence of such a defined and wide horizon, the open spaces, and the way in which the community engages with its natural surroundings. And yet there is this disjunct I experience and I believe many of my generation experience, and that’s the way technology has such a dominant presence in my life, and so there’s an unsettling, post-natural feeling I want to capture in my work – I want to experience the world but yet it feels less and less authentic. Absorbing myself within virtual spaces and realities seems to be preventing me from truly being able to experience the real reality, the physical, the human. That I believe is at the core of this work’.

‘Untitled’, by Edward Spencer, Oil on canvas, 41x51x2cm

Edward’s painting, Untitled, will be exhibited 17-26 November at Bargehouse (Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank), London, where he will join other selected artists at the private view. National Open Art is open to professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over, and – with each entry judged anonymously, and no ‘invited’ artists – is considered to be one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland.

You can view more of Edward’s work at his website: https://edwardspencerblog.wordpress.com/ 

MA Illustration Alumna, Heidi Ball, wins international writers competition

Heidi Ball, Illustrator and Writer, who graduated from the MA Illustration: Authorial Practice course in 2013 has won the 2016 Iceland Writers Retreat (IWR) writing competition with her short story ‘White Light’.  The competition to win a spot on the retreat has been running for three years and attracted over 350 entries from around the world.

The IWR will take place in Aprwhite-light-heidi-ballil this year and is a space for writers and those who enjoy the craft of writing to retreat and to foster their creative spirit.  Over the course of the retreat participants can choose to enroll in small group writing workshops led by internationally acclaimed authors, Q&A panels, numerous readings, social functions and the opportunity to explore the Icelandic countryside.

Heidi says “I’m really looking forward to the IWR 2017 retreat in April – there are some amazing speakers and I’ve been lucky enough to book on five of the workshops, with; Claudia Casper, Sara Gruen, Bret Anthony Johnston, Madeleine Thien and Meg Wolitzer. Goodness, what a line-up. I cannot wait!”

 

White Light, by Heidi Ball (471 words)

The old man watched from the dryness of the shore. On black sand in a black night. He tilted his head upwards, waiting for the clouds to pass.

He would always come here, he knew that. This was where his heart was held. A tiny beating thing. The land was so vast, so strong, and only here he remembered his place.

This time, he stood with his family, his son by his side, a man now. And they gazed together, waiting for the moon.
He had always told him on each return, that you should never fear the moon, but only fear what you find reflected there of yourself. The only true advice he could think of, as he doubted again what he himself might see.

The moon slipped silently into vision. Its light fell upon them. He tried to remember to breath. The whiteness slid along the ground, over the water and rocks and over their own small frames.

His wife, slipped her hand through the shadows and grasped his. Her hair greyed, as had his, but she hadn’t aged. Her eyes spoke of youth and the chilled air had awoken her complexion.

They aligned themselves, ready to see, ready to understand. This was the land of the moon, created in its likeness and only here, it felt like a homecoming. A resting place for the eternal.

No words were spoken aloud, they were quieted in time. Their annual trip to this place brought that moment of peace. He thought of the next year and the next, and wanted to be here to see them all. His grandchild would make the trip and he could tell her about, it all, you had to feel as well as see.

He closed his eyes to soak in the light. Then opened them wide to see what would be revealed. He was consumed by that moon. Its detail etched into his mind. The variations of its surface, pitted with memory.

His wife turned to him, squeezed his hand one last time that year. She nodded at the moon and smiled. He wondered why, always wondered how it could be, them standing here.

The gentle wind pushed back the veil and he found his hand empty once again. The moment had passed. He appreciated his son’s company with a glance, and turned for a final look up to the sky. He mouthed his thanks.

This is where he’d remember her, his wife. Her laugh, her voice whispering to him. He felt his son’s hand on his shoulder. She had slipped away, but he couldn’t bring himself to let go. This is where they had met, this is where they came each year, and she would always turn up, like tonight, when the light was just right. On the black sand, under the white moon.

 

Falmouth Fine Art Alumnus Ed Burkes selected for BEERS London Contemporary Visions

Ed Burkes, A headlight looks into the dark, but shimmers and tells you it's cool, 127x127 cm oil on canvas

Ed Burkes, A headlight looks into the dark, but shimmers and tells you it’s cool, 127×127 cm oil on canvas

2016 BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate Ed Burkes, has been selected for BEERS London Contemporary Visions.

Burkes was on of eleven artists selected from an open call of over 4000 applicants, by a panel that included Philly Adams, Senior Director of the Saatchi Gallery, and Kurt Beers, Director of BEERS London and author of 100 Painters of Tomorrow.

This is the seventh year of BEERS London, a group exhibition that has sought to identify current trends in contemporary art. The artists selected for this year’s show are described as ‘posess[ing] a strong point of view as well as an artistic practice that shows distinct promise’. Burkes himself is described by the exhibition organisers as ‘one of the UK’s most sought-after young artists.

Burkes says, ‘My work is sparked from a commonplace drawing or situation: A friend drinking coffee, a buddy pulling up his socks, a pretty girl in the fruit and veg section of Tesco express. Through the process of painting these preliminary considerations begin to wobble out of sync to a point where their distinctiveness as a primary source slips away. This Introduces the opportunity for the work to embody its own honesty where identity stands as a framework to the painting, unfixed in its dwelling as the viewers’ considerations take hold’.

His work is also currently on display at Mall Galleries, London, as a part of FBA Futures 2017 (until 20 January) and was shown at The Other Art Fair, London, as a part of the Saatchi Invest in Art programme. Burkes was also shortlisted for the 2016 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and was the recipient of the Falmouth School of Art Purchase Prize 2016.

Ed Burkes in his studio

Ed Burkes in his studio

BEERS Contemporary Visions previews on Thursday 19 January, open 20 January – 4 March, at 1 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU

BA(Hons) Drawing student Megan Fatharly is runner up in the Batsford Prize 2016

Congratulations to Megan Fatharly, a student on Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Drawing course who was chosen as a runner up in the Fine and Applied Arts category of the Batsford Prize 2016 for her piece ‘Organic Chaos’.

 

The Batsford Prize is an annual competition for all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at UK institutions with 2016 having a record number of entries.  As well as prize money awarded to the winner of each category, runners up also got £50 worth of Batsford books.

The theme for this year was ‘Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim’ and judges were looking for entries that reflect the desire and need to reuse and recycle materials and to reclaim what is discarded and give it a new life.  Judges included one of Britain’s most celebrated children’s illustrators Michael Foreman, fine art photographer and former Director of Kent Institute of Art & Design Vaughan Grylls, leading fashion writer and author Gemma Williams, textile artist and lecturer in textiles Jean Draper and the Publishing Director at Pavilion Books Katie Cowan.

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(c) Megan Fatharly, from ‘Organic Chaos’

 

 

Drawing student shortlisted for Batsford Prize 2016

Megan-Fatharly

© Megan Fatharly

The Batsford Prize is an annual competition for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.  The theme for 2016 is ‘Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim’.  We’re delighted that one of our BA(Hons) Drawing students, Megan Fatharly, has been shortlisted in the ‘Fine and Applied Arts’ category.  Winners will be announced in London on 17 May – Good luck Megan!

http://megansartspace.blogspot.co.uk/

Fine Art student Michael Cox selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016

Michael Cox, a third year BA(Hons) Fine Art student has been announced as one of the 46 artists chosen for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016, an annual open submission exhibition.

Michael has submitted an oil on canvas painting titled De Beauvoir which can be viewed by following this link to the New Contemporaries website: Michael Cox

The panel of guest selectors this year comprised Anya Gallaccio, Alan Kane and Haroon Mirza.  Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries says “The panel this year were impressed by the breadth of work and critical sense demonstrated, with the resulting exhibition set to profile a cross-section of the most dynamic work to come out of British art schools.”

The national touring exhibition will launch from 09 July to 16 October 2016 at Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Fine Art Alumni selected to exhibit in the Delamore Arts & Sculpture Exhibition

Camilla Laing-Tate, who graduated from BA(Hons) Fine Art in 2015 has been selected to exhibit in the Delamore Arts exhibition which takes place annually in May at the beautiful Delamore House in Devon.

Selected artists had to apply to take place in the exhibition with successful entries formally selected during a meeting of the Trustees of Delamore Art.   More than 100 leading sculptors and painters were selected from a tough range of competition.

Camilla has been given a space within this idyllic setting on the fringes of Dartmoor and has been asked to produce a site-specific installation.  Camilla is using her recent experiences of travelling around Peru and Italy to respond to the brief.

The Delamore Arts and Sculpture Exhibition takes place in a traditional Dartmoor agriculture estate house and gardens.  According to Delamore, the exhibition presents the largest collection of artist’s work in one place in the South West.

Delamore House will be open everyday throughout May from 10.30am – 4.30pm with admission at £7.50 and under 16s free.  Contact details are below:

Delamore House, Cornwood, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9QT.  Tel: 01752 837663. Website: Delamore House

Zoe Pearce and Falmouth School of Art receive awards from the British Art Medal Society

Medal Front side

© Zoe Pearce, front of medal

One of our BA(Hons) Fine Art students, Zoe Pearce, recently received the Tin Plate Company prize from the British Art Medal Society for her medal design It is July on the Moorlands: Took the wrong path when descending a 520-metre high sandstone hill.

Zoe describes her work below:

“Since entering the 2015 BAMS Student Medal competition, I really enjoyed learning the medal making progress, as well as the concept behind the medal. I have therefore continued medal making, incorporating it alongside my painting practice as well as going on to enter the 2016 BAMS Student Medal competition.

My artistic practice explores the relationship we have to the natural world, creating artworks that encourage viewers to reflect upon their understanding and observation of the physical world that surrounds us; but it isn’t without experiencing elements of the natural world for myself that I am able to understand our reality within it. Through walking within the landscape I am exposing myself to the elements of weather, light, change in temperature, and sense of space, that are all qualities of nature that have begun to inform the creation of my art medal.

In my work so far, it has been the vast and desolate British Moorland that has provided me with much of my inspiration, revealing that through my experience of walking through such open ground it is hard not to feel small and alone when surrounded by what seems such infinite space. The medal presents a place where I have walked within the landscape on one side, and the reverse featuring a figure, which is a representation of myself, which if placed on the side of the landscape would be positioned looking out into the distance. Although the subtle bronze landscape might not appear obvious to anyone where this place is, I still have no intention on giving away the exact location, instead, I have used the title in which to hint but not tell, supplying the viewer with a poetic fact of the landscape combined with an aspect of my experience there.”

Medal Reverse side

© Zoe Pearce, reverse of medal

It has also been announced that the 2016 BAMS President Medal will be awarded to Falmouth School of Art.  The BAMS President Medal is awarded annually to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to the understanding, appreciation and encouragement of the art of the medal.

Design competition success for Fine Art student

One of our Third Year BA(Hons) Fine Art students, Jake Booth, has won the national Student Volunteering Week t-shirt design competition.

Jake commented about his award: “It was great for my design to be picked for the official SVW t-shirt, the design is very different from my usual art work and used my new skills in Indesign.  It’s nice knowing that something I had designed was being worn across the UK by students doing great volunteering work.”Jake Booth 3

Jake’s t-shirt design was worn by hundreds of volunteers across the country for The Student Volunteering Week.

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Jake with his winning design

 

 

 

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.

BA(Hons) Drawing student wins Monty Parkin Memorial Prize

We were delighted to hear of third year BA(Hons) Drawing student Theo Crutchley-Mack‘s success in the Monty Parkin Memorial Prize. This is the second year in which the prize has run, inviting applications from leading art schools across the UK, and the organisers were very pleased with the high standard of entries this year. Just three winners were selected, each winning £300. We invited Theo to tell us about his work and about winning the prize…

Theo Crutchley-Mack

Theo Crutchley-Mack

“Since living and studying on the coast I have become fascinated by the detrimental effects of time on abandoned buildings and vessels. The textured surfaces commonly found in these subjects have a unique quality of beauty that contradicts the negative opinion commonly taken toward decaying buildings and shipwrecks. In my artwork I attempt to capture this quality of beauty and represent it in an appealing and well composed drawing. I am inviting the viewer to appreciate how decay is actually a fascinating and beautiful process that never stops changing.

This prize money from this award will go towards travel and supplies for a research trip through England and Ireland where I will seek more subjects in a state of decay.

More of my work can be found at facebook.com/theocrutchleymack where I will be posting updates on the trip and the progress of my new body of work”.

Fine Art alumni success in Glyndebourne’s 2014 Art Competition

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The Glyndebourne opera house has announced the winners of its 2014 Tour Art Competition, and securing third place is Alex Jabore, BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate.  Alex, who is passionate about opera, specialises in traditional oil painting and is currently London-based.  Alex’s work entitled ‘The Finale’ focuses on Violetta’s death and its tragic finality.

It was reported that the standard of submissions for the competition was incredibly high.  Artists from across the UK submitted outstanding pieces inspired by Verdi’s La traviata, one of three Glyndebourne operas that will tour the country from October to December.

Glyndebourne will launch its 2014 Tour on 04 October and the winning artists will see their work exhibited in the Stalls Gallery at Glyndebourne from 4-26 October 2014.

Falmouth Fine Artist selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Huge congratulations to Edward Hill, final year BA(Hons) Fine Art student, who has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014.  This is a fantastic achievement for Edward, and will no doubt put him in an excellent position to continue his practice after graduation from Falmouth.

Edward Hill, Standing On A Rock

Edward Hill, Standing On A Rock

Edward, who also completed his Foundation in Art and Design at Falmouth, says, “I aim to make atmospheric paintings, imbued with an elusive mystery and warmth. Sketches from life, personal photographs, found photographs, references to painting history and memory can all inform an idea. An ongoing theme references faraway places, be it in memories of childhood pursuits or from travels. I am drawn to subjects which contain strangeness or a humour/tragic-comic element.”

Three of Edward’s paintings have been chosen for New Contemporaries. These, together with his new work, will be on display at the BA(Hons) Fine Art Degree Show in Falmouth in June. Edward’s work will also appear in an exhibition with Brian Cheeswright (winner of the Marmite Prize for Painting 2013) at Idea Store in London running from 9 October to 9 November, 2014.

Edward has also been selected to exhibit in a group show, Paint Like You Mean It, at Interview Room 11 (IR11) in Edinburgh during May 2014, and has been long-listed for a publication by the same gallery for his work Jumping Cholla (oil on linen, 2013).

A Year of Success for Falmouth’s Illustrators

This has been a really successful year for our third year Illustration students and alumni. As well as some significant commissions that came out of the annual industry visit to New York, a number were successful in some of the major competitions. Notable were four students who were chosen to exhibit in the Serco London Transport Poster exhibition, held at the London Transport Museum. Finn Clark, who graduated in 2012, was the overall winner. His winning poster can been seen at Tube stations all over the underground. Well done to Elena Boils and Oliver Kellett who also were part of the exhibition.

Recent graduate Jim Boswell has been commissioned to produce illustrations for the Folio Society, and had success at D&AD New Blood: Best in Year – D&AD 2012 Illustration – Little White Lies.

Charlotte Trounce, who graduated in 2011 has, with BA(Hons) Illustration Senior Lecturer Linda Scott, recently been commissioned and subsequently published in the Dutch edition of Jamie magazine.

Illustrator Mark Smith recently visited to present his work to all our students. He had been due to speak at our London Illustration Forum, but had to pull out at the last minute, so we are very grateful to him for coming down to Falmouth.

Our third year students will shortly be attending a series of presentations on the subject of Business Skills, as part of our Professional Practice delivery. Themes will include ‘Business Start Up’, ‘Tax Issues’, and ‘Intellectual Property Rights’. Tp compliment this, three successful alumni (Owen Davey, Emma Dibben, Robert Fresson) will talk to students about how they have built their careers; second year students will also hear talks from these alumni, regarding their working practices.