Cafe Morte – The Tears of Things – exhibition and events

This weekend sees the opening of Cafe Morte’s The Tears of Things at the Exchange Gallery, Penzance

A growing collection of broken objects, to initiate conversation around the emotional value and attachment we have to something that is broken in our lives. The collection will form the beginning of a growing body of research relating to death and loss. The show includes work from current Falmouth BA(Hons) Fine Art students, alumni, and lecturers, as well as other established writers and artists. As well as work artists from the UK, the exhibition features submissions from artists from Cyprus, Tunisia, USA, Poland and Spain.

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CAFE MORTE: THE TEARS OF THINGS | 11Feb – 18 March 2017 | THE EXCHANGE – PENZANCE

OPENING EVENT FRIDAY 10TH FEBRUARY, 7pm – 9pm, ENGINE ROOM: EXCHANGE GALLERY PENZANCE  Join us for an evening of performance, video, objects, narrative and stories generated by Café Morte to celebrate the life of a broken object.

EVENT: SATURDAY 11TH 10.00 – 4.00 BROKEN WRITING OPEN INVITATION  Members of the public are invited to participate by bringing a broken object to the gallery to be documented photographically and to write a short piece of text that will be added to the collection. The collection will form an online museum of broken objects reflecting the power that these objects still hold.

Two BA(Hons) Fine Art alumni, Polly Maxwell and Lulu Richards Cottell will be returning to install and help curate the show, and as part of their visit will also be talking to current Fine Art students about their experiences since graduating last year.

Café Morte is a research group led by Falmouth Fine Art Senior Lecturers Mercedes Kemp and Lucy Willow, involving undergraduate and postgraduate students from Falmouth University, along with other artists and curators. Its central focus is to create projects that enable audiences to discuss the rich and varied themes of death found in art and literature. This is an adaption of the recently popular model of the ‘Death Café’, which has arisen worldwide as a meeting place in which to discuss death over a cup of tea.

Café Morte provides Falmouth students with the opportunity to research and make work around a focused theme. It enhances their research capability and enables them to experience the setting up and curating of a show, work collaboratively, experience working directly with audiences and networking with established artists. Each year, Café Morte welcomes a number of new students, and continues working with alumni.

The group started three years ago, working with BA(Hons) Fine Art students at Falmouth to develop research and ideas. The second year culminated in an exhibition at the university, curated by students and showing student work alongside that of established artists. The exhibition coincided with a Symposium by Moth, a research group concerning death and design run by colleagues in Graphic Design.

The Tears of Things exhibition follows a public testing of the project at The Exchange last December.

The Tears of Things Exhibition

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Cafe Morte looks at the way in which visual culture represents death and dying, mourning and grieving through art, dreams, desires, imagery and poetry.

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THE TEARS OF THINGS

The Tears of Things is a growing collection of broken objects initially exhibited as part of Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange Christmas makers market on 10th and 11th December 2016 in Penzance.  Installing the broken collection alongside a market of beautifully made and crafted objects created a strange juxtaposition between the old, discarded and broken object and the desire for something new. The stall was set up to generate conversation and dialogue around the emotional value and attachment we have to something that is broken in our lives. All the objects collected for The Tears of Things, have lost their original integrity in some way.

Members of the public were invited to contribute to the stall by bringing in a broken object and piece of text. The collection grew over the course of the weekend becoming similar to an antiques road show of broken objects often with no material value.

The collection forms the beginning of a growing body of research relating to mortality and what the broken object signifies. The project will  continue in partnership with the Exchange Gallery in Penzance in February 2017, extending the collection  to reach a wide range of community groups in various settings.

CAFE MORTE is a research group led by Mercedes Kemp and Lucy Willow, undergraduate and postgraduate students from Falmouth University, curators and artists. Its central focus is to create projects enabling audiences to discuss the rich and varied themes of death found in art and literature. We have adopted the model of the recently popular Death Cafes, which have arisen worldwide as a meeting place in which to discuss death over a cup of tea.

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Snapshot of Midas Exhibition Private View

 

The Midas Exhibition Private View was held last Friday, 11 November 2016.  The exhibition features work by 10 artists, selected from their BA(Hons) Fine Art degree shows at Falmouth School of Art.  More information on the exhibition can be found here.  The exhibition continues at The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance until 7 January 2017.

Recent BA(Hons) Fine Art Graduates Selected by Saatchi Art

‘I don’t think about the Horses’ in my pocket’ Ed Burkes 127cm x 127cm © Ed Burkes

Rebecca Wilson (Saatchi Art Chief Curator) has selected ‘8 UK Artists to Buy Now’ to represent some of the best of the UK’s recent art school graduates.  Two of the selected artists are our own graduates from 2016 – Ed Burkes and Nicholas Griffin! 

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‘Lighter than Air’ Nicholas Griffin 120cm x 150cm © Nicholas Griffin

The exhibition of work by the eight chosen artists is currently on view in London, and can also be viewed online.

Ed in his studio

Ed in his studio © Ed Burkes

Nick is also exhibiting in the Midas Exhibition, currently showing at The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance.  Ed was the recipient of our Falmouth School of Art Purchase Prize for 2016.

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.

Cornish trips for Foundation students

New students on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design have undertaken exciting trips at the start of term, visiting the Eden Project, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and Newlyn and The Exchange Galleries in Newlyn and Penzance.

Students drew, made, explored, questioned and wrote about their learning experiences in their Reflective Journals and their drawing books.

The course also ventured out on an extremely wet day, to Gwithian beach for their drawing-in-the sand project. Students worked tirelessly against the elements, producing some really impressive outcomes.

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Upcoming Exhibition: Becky Haughton, Senior Technician for FSA

Becky Haughton

Becky Haughton, Senior Technician for the Falmouth School of Art will soon be exhibiting a selection of screen prints and photo etchings in the Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery.  Becky’s screen prints explore the landscape through the layering and morphing of drawings.  The exhibition will run from 01 – 30 July 2016.

There is an opening night on Thursday 30 June from 6.30pm which also marks the start of the summer exhibition across both Newlyn and the Exchange Galleries by artist Imran Quereshi, who will also be giving an introduction to his work at the opening at 7pm.

The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery shows changing exhibitions of work for sale by some of the region’s most recognised artists.  The Picture Room offers the opportunity to purchase paintings, prints and drawings with the profits from sales made directly supporting the Gallery’s education and exhibition activities.