Tate Talk at Falmouth – Sam Thorne

‘What’s next for the Art School?…’

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Watercolour painting in Paros, Greece

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One of Falmouth’s alumni, Nicky Pasterfield, will be teaching watercolour on the beautiful island of Paros this summer.  Nicky graduated from the Falmouth School of Art in 2011, studying BA(Hons) Fine Art.  After leaving University she won the Royal Academy of Art Richard Ford Award for her draftsmanship skills and in 2013 following her postgraduate study at The Aegean Center for Fine Art was scouted by VOGUE UK for their ‘Wall of Fame’ magazine feature. She’s been represented by the Coombe gallery several times including their Rising Stars show 2011 and as the artist in residence at the Dartmouth Food Festival 2011. Elsewhere she exhibited solo following her residency at the Apothiki gallery, Paros, Greece 2012. Most recently she’s worked extensively with the brand Anthropologie creating original artwork for their printed clothing, as well as exhibiting solo at the URBN headquarters in August 2014.

The course takes place from 1st to 15th July 2015.  For more information look at the website http://www.aciap.org

The Falmouth Illustration Forum: Hidden Agenda

20 March 2015, Falmouth Campus, Falmouth University

hidden-agendaNow in its thirteenth year, this internationally renowned event – organised by Falmouth’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice – is open to guests nationwide.

This year’s speakers are again high profile practitioners from both illustration and publishing: Dan Fern (Professor Emeritus RCA), Anna Bhushan and Mireille Fauchon (both well-known illustrators), John Vernon Lord (Professor of Illustration at Brighton) and Max Porter (Senior Editor at Granta Books).

French novelist and poet Raymond Queneau, founder of the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (Oulipo) wrote that [Oulipian] authors are ‘rats who build the labyrinth from which they will try to escape.’ Creativity thrives when it is subject to constraint; the Hidden Agenda Forum is interested in the hidden structures that creative people bring to their practice. These may be the straightforward structures of a working day, or more complex mathematical or temporal frameworks used to underpin a large-scale work.

This year’s forum has an underlying literary theme; all the speakers have been involved in the interpretation and production of classic works of literature, including explorations of the formal properties of Haiku, Ted Hughes’ Crow, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, The Bagvad Gita, Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda and Finnegan’s Wake.

Existing artworks offer ways into creating new ones; the Hidden Agenda might be the approach taken by the writer or illustrator when interpreting these existing works.

Tickets are available from the University’s online store, priced at £20 for the day-long event, with a special price of £10 for alumni of Falmouth’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice.

Big Draw Workshop – art and science

See this new blog post from the Natural History Museum, about a Big Draw workshop co-run by Falmouth BA(Hons) Drawing Associate Lecturer Gemma Anderson.

The group consisted of mathematicians, psychiatrists, RCA students, museum scientists and the editor of New Scientist – observed; they wrote, drew from observation and drew from memory, guided by Anderson and co-facilitator William Latham.

Guido Lanteri-Laura wins the Midas Award 2014


Guido Lanteri Laura has been announced winner of the prestigious Midas Award at a private view held at Newlyn Art Gallery on Friday 17 October. The award was presented alongside the exhibition launch, which showcases work by all of the finalists, recent BA(Hons) Fine Art graduates Guido Lanteri Laura, Laura Adams, Calum Armstrong, Diana Bechmann and Jon Doran. Also opening was Existed, the solo exhibition by last year’s winner, Marc Messenger.

Much of Guido’s work consists of primitively edited films in which physical acts and performances can be represented in a way that create moments of doubt within the mind of the audience. These moments of doubt have the ability to not only send the protagonist into a different world, but simultaneously send the audience there with him.

Guido comments, “I was shortlisted for the Midas Art Award from the degree show, and it’s fantastic to win. Now I’ve won this award, I will look to continue my work and aim to apply for a place at the Royal College of Art in the new year”. He receives a prize worth £1,500, a year’s mentoring from an art tutor based at Falmouth, and the opportunity to stage his own solo exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, St. Ives in the autumn of 2015.

The exhibition is on at Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance until 15 November. The gallery is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and entry is free, donations welcome. Alongside the finalists’ exhibition, paintings by Caroline Pedler will also be on display in The Picture Room from 18 October to 15 November. All works are for sale.

From Fine Art at Falmouth to Animation at the RCA

Oscar Lewis

Oscar Lewis


Oscar Lewis, a  Falmouth Fine Art alumnus, has been accepted onto an Animation course at the RCA in London this Autumn.  Whilst studying in his second year at Falmouth, Oscar took a bold move and transitioned from painting into animation, needless to say it was a huge step for Oscar, but one which has certainly paid off.  Oscar thanked his Falmouth tutors for their encouragement and direction through his time at Falmouth, and we are delighted for Oscar and wish him all the best with his blossoming career.