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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Private View of the Midas Award on Friday 6 November

Celebrating 10 years of the Midas Award, the Private View for the Midas Award 2015 takes place on Friday 6 November.

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The Wanderers – arts programme through August and September

Go Happen developing PACE at Trelissick House. Image courtesy of Field Notes

Go Happen developing PACE at Trelissick House. Image courtesy of Field Notes

Field Notes announce The Wanderers, a programme of live events, installations and artefacts throughout Falmouth and The Carrick Roads during August and September.

Download: The Wanderers programme

40 years ago artist Bas Jan Ader went missing at sea during an attempt to sail solo across the Atlantic from Cape Cod to Falmouth, for what became his final work In Search of The Miraculous. The influence of Ader’s work can be felt within the practice of many contemporary artists, from big names like Mat Collishaw and Francis Alÿs who feature in Newlyn Art Gallery’s international summer exhibition (In Search of the Miraculous on until 19th September) to developing artists and recent graduates.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, generations of students from Falmouth School of Art have been drawn to the works of this enigmatic and ground-breaking artist. The Wanderers is made up of six new commissions by nine Falmouth alumni who have been influenced by different aspects of Ader’s practice, from the pursuit of precarious journeys to the poetry of futility.

Audiences will be invited to discover their own pace in a night time exploration of the Trelissick Estate led by Go Happen; lose themselves in the streets of Falmouth with a map created by Guido Lanteri Laura that questions our relationship with fact; and be guided through a myriad of fateful journeys by Chris Taylor at The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Rhys Morgan’s sound piece in the foyer to Falmouth Library and Art Gallery will be in situ throughout; splicing silence, stories, poems, borrowed words and music. Then, in early September James Hankey will appear on the waters surrounding Falmouth, making his own futile journey across surface of the sea.

Blair Todd, Exhibitions Curator at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, said, “When developing In Search Of The Miraculous I’d always hoped the exhibition would spread beyond Newlyn Art Gallery and Field Notes have created a perfect parallel programme. The events are thoughtful, playful and adventurous – follow The Wanderers, they will take you somewhere new.”

Field Notes is a national projects organisation based in Cornwall; founded and run by curators and Falmouth School of Art alumni Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover.

The Wanderers is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and FEAST, as well as funding from School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall and Falmouth University with the generous support of Newlyn Art Gallery, National Trust, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth Library, The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and Falmouth Town Council.

For more information visit created by Falmouth based collective Medium Rare.

Five minutes with… Naomi Frears

Photo: Naomi Frears by Steve Tanner

Photo: Naomi Frears by Steve Tanner

What are your current obsessions?

The music of Steve Reich, photographs of Wolfgang Tillmans, a poem by Nuar Alsadir, a talk by Liliane Lijn, the film Paradise: Love.

What is your first art memory?

Making a small, sticky painting – I must have been 5.

What is your relationship with Cornwall and how does it impact on your practice?

Cornwall is where I want to be almost all of the time. I love to visit cities, but in Cornwall I can think clearly and work, and it’s where a lot of the people that I love are.

Tell me about the last exhibition that stayed with you.

Nicholas Deshayes’ work in Lower Gallery 2 at Tate St. Ives is great and I want one of the tables.


Naomi Frears is a tutor on the Figure Painting Intensive at the Falmouth School of Art, 6-10 July 2015.

Born in Leicestershire in 1963 Naomi Frears studied at Loughborough then Sunderland making bad sculpture and winning the printmaking prize. After riding her motorcycle across the world, she moved to St Ives in the late 80s to pursue her career as an artist focussing on drawing, printmaking and painting.

One of Cornwall’s leading artists, Frears was selected for Art Now Cornwall at Tate St Ives and recently had a solo exhibition of films, paintings and works on paper at Newlyn Art gallery.

Frears has exhibited widely in galleries and museums and is represented by Beaux Arts Bath and Rabley Contemporary. Her work in education includes giving public talks and leading workshops at Newlyn, The Exchange and Falmouth University as well as being part of the learning team at Tate St Ives.

Ideas around desire and loss; intimacy and distance are dichotomies that are vital to Frears’ work, both in feeding the constant search for meaning that is evident, alongside an incredible confidence and joy. Her enigmatic yet lucid work results from an instinctive interplay of sculptural, drawing, print-making and painterly processes, often depicting figures lost in thought in an internal landscape, or other figurative elements embedded in abstract grounds. In working and constantly re-working to arrive at a final image, it seems for Frears, to be a process of removal as much as things emerging: she reduces her means to only the most acutely necessary. Technically accomplished, her images have the capacity to convey the poignancy of human intimacy, which has both personal and universal resonance. She has recently extended her practice to include making work with moving image. 

Freeform Interpretation

Ros Bason and Frances Williams invite you to ‘Freeform Interpretation’ at The Exchange in Penzance this Saturday.  This event is  connected to work that is currently being exhibited in Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Exchange.  Both Ros and Frances are alumni from MA Fine Art Contemporary Practices at Falmouth School of Art, and Frances currently works at Falmouth School of Art as a Senior Technician in Time-Based Media.  More details about the event on the flyer below


Falmouth alumni at Newlyn and the Exchange

Staff and students are enjoying Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 at Newlyn and The Exchange. The exhibition includes work by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools, chosen from nearly 1400 submissions, and selected by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga. The exhibition has already shown at the ICA in London and the World Museum Liverpool.

Among the artists exhibiting are Falmouth alumni Ed Hill, Stacey Guthrie, Melissa Kime and Frances Williams, who is now a Time Based Media Technician in the Falmouth School of Art.

The exhibition runs until 30 May at The Exchange, and 13 June at Newlyn Art Gallery.

Also exhibiting until 18 April at The Engine Room at The Exchange is another Falmouth alumna, Lucy Apple. Lucy completed her Foundation at The Falmouth School of Art in 2002, and her BA(Hons) Fine Art in 2005, before studying her MFA Painting at The Slade in London.

Ed Hill on his Spike Island Residency

2014 BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate Ed Hill was awarded the Spike Island Residency, following his studies. Here he shares with current students of the course his reflections on the experience…

Working at Spike Island for three months allowed me to continue the momentum of working post graduation. In my case, this meant painting.

Ed Hill's Spike Island studio space

Ed Hill’s Spike Island studio space

The Residency studio was big and situated among other artists’ studios. After moving timber, paint, canvas and stretchers into my space, I shared the studio with three other recent graduates. With 24/7 access, you are free to come and go anytime, day or night. I enjoyed the access to a wood workshop – where I made stretchers, (there is also a metal workshop and plenty of room for larger scale projects).

The atmosphere was very professional, and it was a realistic and beneficial experience of a totally independent way of working outside of art school. I made paintings for a show, and without the studio, facilities and space it would have been much more challenging to do so.

'At the beach (after Mr and Mrs Andrews)' 100x100cm, oil on canvas

‘At the beach (after Mr and Mrs Andrews)’ 100x100cm, oil on canvas

If you are hoping to carry on working on art projects after graduating, and if you are serious about being artist, the residency is something to aim for – it will provide space, facilities and an opportunity to continue momentum in an art environment at a time when it is increasingly hard to do so. I recommend applying for the residency.

Edward Hill, Standing on a Rock

Edward Hill, Standing on a Rock

Ed Hill was one of four Falmouth alumni selected for the 2014 Bloomberg New Contemporaries which, having toured to Liverpool and London, will be on display at Newlyn and the Exchange Galleries from 21 March – 30 May 2015. You can see Ed’s work as part of that exhibition. Ed was also the recipient of The Falmouth School of Art Purchase Prize 2014 for his Bloomberg-selected piece Standing on a Rock.