Short courses this summer – Falmouth School of Art Intensives

Falmouth School of Art Figure Painting Intensive

Falmouth School of Art Figure Painting Intensive

Applications are now invited for the Falmouth School of Art Intensives, our popular summer courses for artists, practitioners and art educators.

Taking place 3-7 July at our Falmouth Campus, we’re again offering a choice of 5-day ‘Intensives’. All are studio-based and provide daily input from specialist tutors including some of Cornwall’s leading artists.

Abstract Painting will be led by artists Simon Averill and Mark Surridge, who created and have delivered this stimulating course together for the last two years. Guidance will be given as participants explore a wide range of strategies, ways of thinking and processes for making abstract work.

Figure Painting, devised and delivered by artists Ashley Hold and Jesse Leroy Smith, promotes skills development and experimentation through daily practical and contextual workshops. Participants work from the life model throughout the week.

New for 2017 is Observational Drawing, delivered by Falmouth School of Art’s Drawing team who have diverse skill sets and expertise. Starting from the rich qualities of Falmouth’s coastal environment, the course is structured around practising observation skills in the field, capturing images from surroundings and building on those findings in the studio.

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If you’re looking for some time and space to develop or reinvigorate your practise this summer, find out more on our website – www.falmouth.ac.uk/fsaintensives. We’ll leave you with the feedback of previous participants…

“The intensive week reinvigorated me and I came home refreshed and ready to start new work.  I have lots of interesting threads to pick up on and gained new insights and ideas.  The tutors were brilliant and helped and suggested in very subtle ways that were completely personal to each participant.  It was exactly what I was looking for and I can’t wait to get working in the studio.”

“It has given me the motivation to pursue my work with greater commitment and energy and also to look more at the work of other artists, both current and historical.”

“The space allocated to us was truly fantastic and this generosity of space enabled us to expand into experimentation, which would otherwise not have been possible.” 

“There was so much that was memorable.  The beautiful setting of the campus and excellent facilities, the superb studio space, great tutors giving excellent lectures, a wonderful group of artists to be among, the social events and superb guest speaker were all wonderful.  Mostly I loved the time and space it gave me to think and work without distraction, but help and support from my fellow artists if I wanted it.”

“I loved the experience.  I was touched by all your thoughtfulness and kindness – the extra events you laid on for us.  I found the tutors’ input sensitive and supportive at all times.”

“The best thing I have done for years: It was like a creative vitamin injection. My practice traveled a very long way in a short space of time.”

 

 

 

 

 

Falmouth School of Art Intensives 2016 – In Pictures

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Last week we held the Falmouth School of Art Intensives in Abstract Painting and Figure Painting.

These focused five-day courses for artists and practitioners were delivered by specialist tutors Mark Surridge, Simon Averill, Ashley Hold and Jesse Leroy Smith.

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During the week alongside expert one-to-one tuition, studio tutorials, group discussions and individually allocated studio spaces, participants also enjoyed key events including an inspiring guest lecture by artist Naomi Frears, a social dinner for a much needed mid-week break, Cornish cream teas in the sunshine, and to round of the week in style, participants showcased their work together in a group exhibition.

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Immediate feedback from participants has been extremely positive; comments include, “I had such a fantastic week and I was so sad to leave. I met a brilliant group of people, I received the highest level of tuition (which I’m sure will resonate through my work in the future) and I was made to feel incredibly welcome by all the staff.”

The pictures here highlight the incredibly high quality of work produced by participants; we can’t wait to start planning for next year!

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If you are interested in the Falmouth School of Art Intensives 2017, please email us at schoolofart@falmouth.ac.uk or keep an eye on www.falmouth.ac.uk/fsaintensives 

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Falmouth Fine Art London 2016

Critic and curator Sacha Craddock selected from Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Fine Art degree shows 20 artists to exhibit at Falmouth Fine Art London 2016 at Underdog Art Gallery, 1 – 3rd July 2016

Max Aspin Radford | Jamie Battersby | Ed Burkes | Ella Caie | Ed Carter | Finbar Conran | Michael Cox | Rob Davis | Joe Fenwick-Wilson | Kerry Foster | Freya Goodwin | Amy Jefferies | Zoë Pearce | Calum Rees-Gildea | Jess Russell | George Stone | Amelia Tinton | Tabitha Tohill Reid | Matthew Vaughan | Sandi Williams | Mara Zaice

The London show case exhibition, now in its fourth year, was a great success. The gallery was set in a vibrant part of the city, within walking distance of Tate Modern, Borough Market and White Cube in Bermondsey. It drew new audiences through a wide range of passers-by.

The work selected sat in a rather Gothic setting under an old railway arch, with dripping painted grey walls and a range of large sofas and chairs. This didn’t detract from the artwork, but provided a new narrative for the work to respond to. George Stone and Tabitha Tohill Reid’s work sat in a large bathroom area adjacent to the main exhibition room breathing life into an uncomfortable space. The artwork selected had a powerful presence in the space.

Artist Graham Gussin met the selected artists in the gallery space to lead a group critique. This was a valuable experience, enabling our recent graduates to participate in a challenging discussion about their work. The short but focused opportunity that the London showcase provides has been met with enthusiasm by all involved, including the staff team who thoroughly enjoy spending time in settings such as this with our most recent completing cohort of fine artists.

Falmouth Fine Art London – artists announced

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We’re delighted to share the names of the final year BA(Hons) Fine Art students selected to exhibit at Falmouth Fine Art London, this year taking place at Underdog Art Gallery from 1-3 July.

Max Aspin Radford | Jamie Battersby | Ed Burkes | Ella Caie | Ed Carter | Finbar Conran | Michael Cox | Rob Davis | Joe Fenwick-Wilson | Kerry Foster | Freya Goodwin | Amy Jefferies | Zoë Pearce | Calum Rees-Gildea | Jess Russell | George Stone | Amelia Tinton | Tabitha Tohill Reid | Matthew Vaughan | Sandi Williams | Mara Zaice

Falmouth Fine Art London promises to be a diverse celebration of Fine Art at Falmouth, and will be curated by artist and Falmouth Associate Lecturer Jesse Leroy Smith. Exhibitors were selected from the recent degree shows by critic and curator Sacha Craddock. The event, now in its fourth year, gives those artists selected an additional professional practice experience as they complete their studies at Falmouth, and gives contacts based in London and the surrounding the opportunity to view our students’ work outside of Falmouth.

A private view of the exhibition will take place 7-9:30 on 30 June, with an alumni happy hour from 6-7pm the same night. Exhibitors will also benefit from an in situ crit with artist Graham Gussin.

Falmouth Fine Art London 2016

We’re making preparations for our fourth London showcase of selected BA(Hons) Fine Art student work, which we are delighted to announce will take place at Underdog Art Gallery from 1-3 July 2016.

Exhibiting students will be selected from the BA(Hons) Fine Art degree shows, which students are currently preparing, by critic and curator Sacha Craddock. The show will be curated by artist and Falmouth Associate Lecturer Jesse Leroy Smith. We’ll share the list of selected exhibitors soon after 31 May.

A private view of the exhibition will take place 7-9:30 on 30 June, with an alumni happy hour from 6-7pm the same night. We’re again looking forward to former students connecting with current students and comparing notes on life after Falmouth Fine Art!

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Unstable Monuments – a Juggernaut of a show – Old Bakery Studios, Truro

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Dick Jewell / Kathryn Ferguson / Bernhard Holaschke / Sam Bassett / Robin Monies / Andreas Gloel / Stephen Smith / Matthew Benington / Marianne Keating / Adam Hogarth / Jesse Leroy Smith / Jack Davis / Roger Thorp

Curated and produced by Jesse Leroy Smith, Associate Lecturer on Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Fine Art and Falmouth University alumni Matthew Benington and Sam Bassett.

Unstable Monuments brings together 14 established artists from London, Germany, Denmark and Cornwall whose practice employs painting, installation, quilt making, film, shoemaking, posters and print.

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This immersive transformation of an ex-industrial warehouse sees these artists exploring dissolution and change within society’s structures and touchstones with reference to faith, gender, architecture, migration, anthropology, family, dance and ritual. A monument can be seen as an inflexible state of mind.

 From Ireland, London, Cornwall, Copenhagen, Cologne and Berlin, we all grew up surrounded by monuments of former, now defunct industries. Rather than commiserate these monuments as potential losses, it made more sense for us to utilise and reengage them with fresh function. The cultural processing of ruins can only be aided by this process. For spaces to remain habitable they must be subject to change. Inner city architecture risks monument status, when it cannot be touched, tampered with, changed, or even seen through.’   Matthew Benington.

Cornwall offers the curators the ideal environment to launch Unstable Monuments. With the mining legacy permeating a vital and raw landscape, its building and sites are latent with possibility.

With the show evolving this year to be taken to other sites (Cologne, Amsterdam, Brighton) the team sees the region as the perfect breeding ground for their approach to exhibiting. Through collaboration with public partnerships, reclamation of civic space and re-invention of redundant buildings the show can be a catalyst for change. The three curators have an intimate knowledge of the county. At Falmouth University, Benington studied Fine art, Smith has lived in Penwith for 15 years and Bassett is born and bred in St Ives. All three have a commitment to the future of Cornwall. The momentum for this landmark show comes from a succession of immersive multi media shows curated by Smith. The Darkrooms at CAST, Helston 2013 in a boarded up Victorian school helped launch the Arts Hub, Revolver in an ex-car-showroom, now a gallery and Art 75 in the Jubilee Lido both in Penzance and Suspended Sentences in a Newlyn fish factory now to be an Art house cinema.

These shows brought together large collectives of artists, performers, educational organisations and the wider public to fully exploit the potential of the time and building. Students and artists with international reputations worked together to present ambitious artworks that can re define the reputation of the visual arts in Cornwall.

When Bassett instigated the show Limbo in an ex coffin store in Truro in 2013 a fruitful partnership began with those developing the Truro Festival. Neil Scott (Totally Truro) and the festival team have enabled the artists to fully engage with the wider public and make this project happen. The Old Bakery Studios is a large historic waterside building and the managers Nigel and Catherine King have kindly offered the artists the 8,000 square foot currently undeveloped ground floor space to work and present the show. The curators hope to profile the vision of Old Bakery Studios as a multi-purpose venue hosting art and music events, creative workspaces and studios, café and bar. The curators want to harness and celebrate the generosity of spirit and tenacity of these partners.

Taking this model of spontaneity, camaraderie and determination this show explores how our challenges can be confronted and re evaluated. Communities and displaced peoples, family structures and ancestries, faith and cultural icons are the fabric of this show. The curators will be hosting the 2-day event and they welcome the opportunity to discuss any ideas and feedback.

Turn and face the change, ch,ch ch changes   David Bowie RIP

Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.” Andrei Tarkovsky.

The exhibition is open on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April from 11.00am – 6.00pm.  On Friday 8th April there will also be a social from 6.00pm to 11.00pm, all artists present, bar, music, incidents etc.  On Saturday 9th April from 3.00pm to 4.00pm there will be a curators’ tour of the show.  All free.  Children welcome with adults.  This event was made possible through the support of the Arts Council England and the generous support in kind of our partner organisations.  The event is held at the Old Bakery Studios, Blewett’s Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro TR1 1QH (around the corner from BBC Radio Cornwall).

Intensive short courses this summer at Falmouth School of Art

The Falmouth School of Art Intensives are back!… Online payment image (Gateway)

This summer, Falmouth School of Art is delighted to offer a choice of three intensive five-day courses for practitioners and art educators, delivered by some of Cornwall’s leading artists. All run at Falmouth Campus from 4-8 July and the deadline for application is 29 April 2016.

This year, choose from: Abstract Painting (tutors Simon Averill and Mark Surridge), Figure Painting (tutors Ashley Hold and Jesse Leroy Smith), and Drawing (delivered by the team behind our popular BA(Hons) Drawing course.

As well as generous studio time, the Intensives include daily one-to-one input from expert tutors, tutorials, group discussions and practical sessions and social time.

For more details and to apply: www.falmouth.ac.uk/fsaintensives   

What last year’s Intensives participants say:

“This was a well organised and thoroughly enjoyable week. I very much enjoyed and benefited from talking to the tutors. I came away from this feeling like I had undertaken an MA in a week”.

“The course gave me the time and space to really think through making. This resulted in my work shifting and improving quite radically in five days…and allowed me to develop strategies to tie together various strands into my work more successfully”.

It has helped me put my work into a contemporary context, helped me focus my ideas and practice and given me a boost of energy and inspiration”.