HOW TO SWIM Exhibit B: Treading Water

HOW TO SWIM – a series of six contemporary art events in different spaces across Manchester’s Victoria Baths site.

Over the six events artists will react to the site, installing sculptures, paintings and video as well as performing live movement and spoken word pieces, holding workshops and giving talks.

Exhibit B: Treading Water is the second event of the series, and includes work by recent BA(Hons) Fine Art graduates Tanya Cruz and Jess Russell, and Mercedes Kemp, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art.

These events are organised and curated by recent Falmouth Fine Art graduates Polly Maxwell and Lulu Richards aka WHATCHAMACALLIT collective.

The events take place at the historic Victoria Baths in Manchester a listed Edwardian swimming pool and Turkish Baths complex.


BA(Hons) Fine Art alumni Polly Maxwell and Lulu Richards Cottell curate contemporary art events across Manchester’s Victoria Baths site.

14 May 2017 11:00 –  12 Nov 2017 16:00

HOW TO SWIM is an exciting series of six contemporary art events in different spaces across the Victoria Baths site in Manchester, featuring a number of other Falmouth alumni. Over six events, all taking place in conjunction with Victoria Baths Open Days, artists will react to the site, installing sculptures, paintings and video as well as performing live movement and spoken word pieces, holding workshops and giving talks.

The project is curated by 2016 BA(Hons) Fine Art alumni Polly Maxwell and Lulu Richards  Cottell,  who go by the name of WHATCHAMACALLIT collective.

‘Trying to Float’, is the first exhibit in the HOW TO SWIM series of exhibitions and artists events at Victoria Baths Open Days in Manchester.

Opens: 14 May 2017 11:00 -16:00

‘Trying to Float’ explores collective and social memory.

Artist Maddie Broad invites group reminiscence on the theme of swimming in her interactive workshop Standing together in an empty pool.

Video and sculptural works address collective domestic experience in Ting Waterhouse’s piece, ‘Laundry’.

Polly Maxwell’s ‘Stairs’ is accompanied by interactive spoken word from poet ‘T.S Idiot’.

‘Trying to Float’ takes place alongside the Victoria Baths Open Day and public swimming event. Entry to the building allows people to view the art and view swimming.

Adults £4, (standard prices £3) FREE for under 16s and VB Friends

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock,  Manchester, M13 0FE.  Tel: 0161 224 2020




Pause Collective – Falmouth Fine Art graduates at Manchester’s Kraak Gallery

Pause Collective is a group of three 2014 graduates of Falmouth’s BA(Hon) Fine Art. They have recently held a group show featuring work by ten 2014 Falmouth Fine Art graduates at Kraak Gallery in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, and we’re pleased to share with you their write-up of the exhibition…

The opening night was a busy and vibrant event, with several other artistic events happening that weekend in the city. Falmouth alumni gathered to support the event, as well as Manchester residents and art students from local colleges. The Kraak Gallery is in the heart of the busy city and the artists were carefully selected to interrupt the speed and activity outside and to create a still and quiet moment. The exhibition felt like something of an unexpected discovery; the gallery is somewhat tucked away, and once people arrived, several commented that they did not want to leave. It was a space of sanctuary amongst all the clamour of the city, inviting the audience into its contemplative silence.

On entering the space, you were immediately met with Ashley Sheekey’s strikingly minimal piece Entrance, Exit, a corridor-like sculpture made up of white ceiling tiles. This piece acted as an entrance to the rest of the exhibition, first leading on to the melancholic landscapes of Ryan Joucla and Helen Carter. The landscapes of both Carter and Joucla are ambiguous and cannot be immediately placed, but rather require the audience’s time and attention to journey through them. Lizzy Barnes exhibited delicate prints embossed with architectural shapes that, at first glance, could have appeared to be blank sheets of paper. Round the other side of the space, were Emily Naish’s animations of a bee struggling against the raging sea, caught in a lighthouse beam.

Rose-Marie Caldecott showed her piece Drafting Illusion; flyaway prints on Japanese paper hold a landscape that disappears amongst abstract marks, all trapped beneath a resin block. This sat between Matthew Cotton’s Automated Drawing series, drawings made up of hundreds of delicate circles to create hazy abstract formations. The final wall showed Emily Cranny, Alexander Heath and Lucia Jones. Cranny showed drawings that make use of brighter collage among the mesh of graphite marks; Jones exhibited iPad constructs, where she has worked into photographs digitally with painterly sensibilities. Heath’s paintings, East of Eden, were inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel, and depict large scale semi-abstract figures in bold colours and shapes, but the pieces still retain a quiet attention to detail, with a focus on the surface of the canvas.

The works all held greater depth than could be perceived at first glance. To really experience the work required a full mental immersion; a quiet escape from the busy world outside. These quiet works, that might sometimes be overlooked, were given an opportunity here to speak and be heard. Entering the space was an escape but at the end of the day, we all had to exit back to the loud and bustling reality of Manchester, but hopefully carrying a piece of that quiet with us.

British painter Paul Winstanley to lecture at Falmouth

We’re delighted to welcome British Painter Paul Winstanley to Falmouth to give the next Falmouth School of Art Lecture.

Winstanley uses the traditional genres of Landscape / Interior / Still Life / Figure / to create works that present the relationship of the viewer to the painting as central to the content of the work. At once methodical and melancholic his painterly depictions of landscapes, walkways, veiled windows, TV Lounges, art school studios and individuals distracted in contemplation are rendered in an exacting and subtle palette.

Winstanley, P. ‘Art School 28’ Oil on Panel, 90x60cm, 2014, Private Collection

Winstanley, P. Art School 28, Oil on Panel, 90x60cm, 2014, Private Collection

Drawing on historical northern European artists such as Caspar David Friedrich and Vermeer, as well as contemporary practitioners such as Richard Hamilton, Winstanley creates a sense of imposed order, an atmosphere of time inexorably passing.

Born in Manchester in 1954, Winstanley has exhibited widely and over the past two decades has had regular solo exhibitions in London, Paris, Munich and New York. His first retrospective was held at the Auckland Art Space in New Zealand in 2008, and in 1998 he had a solo show at the Tate Gallery, Millbank His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the collections of Tate, the British Council, the European Parliament, the New York City Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Free but strictly by ticket from The Falmouth School of Art Eventbrite.

The Falmouth School of Art Lectures give our students a unique opportunity to hear from established and high profile artists and practitioners. We make some seats available at each lecture to friends of the School and members of the public.

Derek Tyman & Emma Rushton at Edinburgh Arts Festival, 2014

BA(Hons) Fine Art Associate Lecturer Derek Tyman, is one of twenty artists (along with collaborator Emma Rushton) exhibiting as part of the ‘Where do I end and you begin’ project at the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman, Flaghall, 2005, mixed media, installation detail.

Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman, Flaghall, 2005, mixed media, installation detail.

Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art. Attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, the festival brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by establised and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events.

As part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, and during the year of Homecoming Scotland, Edinburgh Art Festival in partnership with City Art Centre presents a major international exhibition of contemporary art selected by five curators from Commonwealth countries.  Taking its title from a work by Indian artist, Shilpa Gupta, the exhibition invites perspectives from across the Commonwealth to explore and interrogate the ideas, ideals and myths which underpin notions of community, common-wealth, and the commons.

Through new and recent work by over 20 international artists, Where do I end and you begin considers what it means to join ‘common’ with ‘wealth’, reflecting on the notion of The Commonwealth as a problematic historical and contemporary construct and offering international perspectives on the range of associations which common-wealth evokes, from the challenge of ‘being in common’ in a truly global world, to ideas of the common good, common land, public ownership and alternative exchange systems.

Over the past two decades, Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman have established a reputation for producing exhibitions and projects as part of which they often invite others – artists, readers, musicians, members of the public, writers – to contribute to, or participate in their work. Responding to current government rhetoric surrounding work and welfare and the scapegoating of particular groups, their project Fear of the Surplus (2013-2014) was the setting for a programme of talks by activists, academics, theorists, organisers and campaigners to unpick conflicting ideas about labour, welfare and work, voicing and debating alternatives.

Recent solo exhibitions/projects include: Fear of the Surplus, The Tetley, Leeds, 2013-14; LIAR 2012, Sub Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2013; The Argument Is Not Finished And The Stage Is Still Being Built, Argument Vertoningsruimte, Tilburg, Netherlands, 2012; The Good Life, Lanternhouse Art Centre and Miterdale Forest, Cumbria, 2011; Flying Down To Moscow, Neues Kunstforum, Cologne, Germany, 2009; Piccadillyland for Art on the Underground, London, 2009.

The Edinburgh Festival takes place between 31 July and 31 August 2014