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.

The Edge of Printing – Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

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© Virginia Verran ‘Pink/Red (Not Here) 2016 Etching 1/6’

Virginia Verran, an Associate Lecturer for the Falmouth School of Art, is currently showing a series of 4 new etchings in an exhibition at the Keepers House, Royal Academy of Arts in London.  The Edge of Printing opened on 27 April and continues until 23 October 2016.  It is co-ordinated by Tess Jaray RA and presents work from Tim Head, Richard Plank, Saori Parry, Anne Desmet RA, Tom Lomax, Peter Freeth RA, Cathy de Monchaux, Tess Jaray RA, Guilia Ricci, Trevor Sutton, Rebecca Salter RA and Virginia Verran.  Also showing are two Falmouth alumni, Onya McCausland and Andrea McLean.

Celebrating the developments within contemporary printmaking practice including etchings, monoprints, lithographs, woodblocks, silkscreens and three-dimensional digital prints, this collection explores the way in which traditional techniques have evolved and examines some of the new technologies which are offering artists ever-changing methods of producing work.

The RA describe Verran’s work:

“Verran’s intuitive line creates boundaries and demarcations, repetitive patterning, and graphic symbols. These etchings explore a multifarious space with multiple viewpoints.

Primarily a painter, Verran’s imagery evokes layered and atmospheric space in which there are suggestions of peripheral movement; both human and mechanical. Her work also utilises symbols that suggest a darker preoccupation with global anxieties and fears of war and dislocation.”

The Edge of Printing is the fourth in a series of exhibitions presenting limited editions and unique works for sale, online and onsite, by Royal Academicians and other significant contemporary artists.

Printmaking Students / Staff Exhibit at The Chinese Academy of Arts, Hangzhou

east-west_01_smallDuring 2015 Falmouth University printmaking students and staff took part in an art project with Norwich University. The resulting work is being published and exhibited at the Impact 9 International conference at The China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou this week from the 22nd until the 26th of September. 

The project is a collaborative portfolio of limited edition works produced in response to a broad theme in a 35cm x 25cm format which is produced to tie in with the IMPACT conferences (International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking, Artists, Concepts and Techniques).

 ‘The aim remains to promote the democracy of printed multiples and to provide scope for cultural exchange. It has also provided impetus for students to engage with print methods and materials, both digital and manual…Art schools that have sensibly held on to their print workshops are now in a position to embrace the hybrid nature of print and to make works that embrace the relaxed mode of existence and production within the post internet landscape… This year staff and students from Falmouth University have joined us at Norwich University of The Arts in a collaborative venture. With Norwich in the extreme east of the UK and Falmouth near the westerly extremity of the country. East / West unfolds as a metaphor encompassing relative distance and geographic location. Taking into account the exposition of the finished project at Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou in September 201, the metaphor takes on a global significance’. 

Carl Rowe , Course Leader BA Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts 2015. 

Here’s a link to the work on show:

INTERNATIONAL PRINT PORTFOLIO

For more details about printmaking at Falmouth have a look here: print

Organic Chaos

Megan Fatharly has just completed her Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Falmouth School of Art and is about to commence on our BA(Hons) Drawing course.  From 10 September to 10 October her work from her foundation course will be exhibited on the London Arts Board. Megan says, it is “a rather unconventional way to have my work displayed but I am thrilled to have been asked.”

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Megan’s inspiration come from the outside environment, the patterns and repetitive marks found on trees, stones and the shapes within the landscape. She recreates these patterns through texture, colour and mark-making often using printmaking techniques, “I have a love for the process of printmaking as I have a very chaotic, fast paced way of working.  I find the method of working meditative and repetitive which slows me down and helps me refine my ideas.”

You can see more of her work here.

And you can read her blog of interviews with artists and reviews of exhibitions at http://megansartspace.blogspot.co.uk

You can view the exhibition here: http://londonartsboard.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/organic-chaos.html

Or in person on the corner of Vestry Road and Peckham Road.

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.

http://naomifrears.com/

 

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. 

A woodcut alphabet

Current Foundation Diploma students specialising in Graphic Design and Illustration have designed a  woodcut alphabet. Each student presented two letterforms; the design was from an existing typeface of their choosing.  Six students then spent a morning printing them on the print presses in Foundation’s Wellington Terrace Studios, creating samples of different papers, and different press applications.

Photo (C) Callum Dean

Photo (C) Callum Dean

The idea behind the project came from Technician Becky Haughton, who through introducing a woodcut safety exercise encouraged  the students to carve letterforms in wood. The result is an alphabet made up of different letterforms which are available for use by all Foundation students.

Photo (C) Callum Dean

Photo (C) Callum Dean

Photography by Callum Dean, Foundation student.

Introducing The Falmouth School of Art Intensives

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The Falmouth School of Art | Summer Intensives

6 – 10 July 2015

The Falmouth School of Art has announced an exciting range of five-day Intensives delivered by its specialist tutors. Intensive courses in Abstract Painting, Art & Environment, Book Arts, Drawing, Figure Painting and Printmaking offer practicing visual artists an opportunity to make a step change in their work this summer.

Supported by daily one-to-one input from expert tutors – including some of Cornwall’s leading artists – participants can take part in studio tutorials, group discussions and practical sessions. Working alongside other practitioners in well-appointed studios and workshops in a unique subtropical garden setting, all conveniently close to Falmouth’s vibrant town centre and glorious beaches – there can’t be a better place for concentrated creative activity.

Taking its name from the original art institution founded in 1902, the Falmouth School of Art is part of Falmouth University, the UK’s No. 1 Arts University (as ranked by The Sunday Times 2014). For over a century visual arts have been practiced and taught at the institution, which has an established reputation for excellence.

Dr. Ginny Button, Director of the Falmouth School of Art has commented: ‘The School of Art is hugely popular with our students – understandably so, thanks to its unique combination of beautiful location, great facilities, inspiring legacy, pedagogic excellence and friendly, supportive atmosphere. I’m delighted to be able to open up our facilities to practitioners who want to further develop their work and their professional networks too.’

A two-day Introduction to Investment Casting in Bronze is also available 13-14 July.

How to apply and information: fsaintensives.wordpress.com

Further queries: SchoolofArt@falmouth.ac.uk or phone us on +44 (0)1326 370432