Artist Christina Mackie talks at Falmouth

Falmouth School of Art’s Guest Speaker Programme brings significant practitioners to Falmouth to give talks to our students about their practice. Final year BA(Hons) Drawing student Megan Fatharly gives a personal response to a recent talk by Guest Speaker Christina Mackie:

‘Multi-faceted artist Christina Mackie spoke to Falmouth School of Art students about her visual language, the depth she goes to to explore materials, how they interact with each other what this can encourage within a viewer.

The themes that ultimately prevail within Mackie’s work are colour and perception; this is evident in the work she did with Tate in 2015, in which artists worked with nets dipped in semi-crystalised dye and suspended to create a stark installation piece. As part of her talk, Mackie showed generated videos and plans of how that exhibition was put together.

As well as discussing this installation, Mackie also spoke about other works: on paper, photographs and how she works with objects to manipulate their purpose and form. I found this conversation between the layers of her work really engaging. Artists who are not afraid to work within more than one avenue show how important it is to do so, because it encourages these dialogues to be had and shows younger artists it’s a thing to be embraced.’


Artist Ruth Ewan to talk at Falmouth School of Art

In association with CAST and The Cornwall Workshop, Falmouth School of Art welcomes artist Ruth Ewan as part of our Guest Speaker Programme on Wednesday 19 October, 6pm.

Installation shot from 'Back to the Fields’ Ruth Ewan - 2015 - Camden Arts Centre - photo by Haydar Dewachi

Installation shot from ‘Back to the Fields’ Ruth Ewan – 2015 – Camden Arts Centre – photo by Haydar Dewachi

Ruth Ewan’s work includes events, installation, writing and printed matter. Her practice explores overlooked histories of radical, political and utopian thought, bringing to light specific ideas in order to question how we might live today. Always engaging with others, Ewan’s projects involve a process of focused research and close collaboration –  recent projects have led her to develop context specific projects within schools, prisons, hospitals, libraries, universities, Parliament and London Underground.

Her audio project ‘The Darks’, a collaboration with Astrid Johnston for Tate Britain, invites visitors to navigate the area around Tate Britain where the infamous Millbank Prison once stood. She is exhibiting in the 32nd Bienal de Sao Paulo Incerteza Viva and will be leading The Cornwall Workshop organised by CAST (based in Helston, Cornwall) this month.

Ruth Ewan, image courtesy

Ruth Ewan, image courtesy

Matthew Slotover, co-founder and publisher of Frieze, and trustee of the Arts Foundation, presenting Ewan with the Art Foundation Art in Urban Space Award this year, said of her, “Through performances, sculptures and interactive works, Ruth Ewan mines social history in a playful and often humorous style. Her work is socially engaged without being didactic, often reminding us of truths we didn’t know we knew. She is one of the country’s most promising artists and a deserved winner of this award.”

A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World. Ongoing archive started in 2003

A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World. Ongoing archive started in 2003


Ewan has also been shortlisted for the 6th edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Exhibitions of Ruth’s work have been presented at Camden Arts Centre, London (2015); Collective Gallery,Edinburgh (with Astrid Johnston, 2013); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, the Glasgow International and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2012);Dundee Contemporary Arts and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla (2011); the ICA, London (2008); the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2007) and Studio Voltaire, London (2006). She has realised projects in London for Parliament (2015), Vital Arts (2015), Create (2012), Art on the Underground (2011); Frieze Projects (2009) and Artangel (2007). Her work has also been included in survey exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and Tate Liverpool (2013) and the New Museum, New York (2009).




ELLA-STRATED: Nashashibi/Skaer at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer showcased their collaborative film work in an engaging lecture to Falmouth School of Art students on Wednesday 3rd February 2016. Appropriating existing art as a starting point, themes in their projects include power, the portrayal of women and distortion of reality. Visual response by Ella Kasperowicz, BA(Hons) Illustration.


New publication – Lucian Freud by Dr. Virginia Button

(C) Tate Publishing

(C) Tate Publishing

A new book about Lucian Freud, written by Director of the Falmouth School of Art, Dr. Virginia Button, has been published by Tate as part of their British Artists series.

The idea for the book came some time ago, following Dr. Button’s work on the early stages of Freud’s 2002 major retrospective at Tate Britain, where she worked as Senior Curator until moving to Cornwall in 2001.

Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) was one of the most influential artists of his generation. Hailed as the ‘greatest living realist painter’, Freud’s commitment to realism, and particularly to the human figure, was often controversial. Always creating debate, Freud consistently addressed questions of human existence and perception, testing, through a sustained practice of looking, the possibility of knowing and recording human individuality.

The book is organised in seven thematic chapters covering the whole span of Freud’s life and work: Chapter One: Commitment to Looking | Chapter Two: Commitment to Painting | Chapter Three: The Studio: Proximity and Reflective Distance | Chapter Four: The Naked Portrait | Chapter Five: The Artist’s Eye: Freud and the Old Masters | Chapter Six: Time and Reality: Freud’s Significance and Legacy.

An earlier book by Dr Button, on Ben Nicholson, has been re-issued as part of the same series. Both books are available in hardback from Tate Shop

(c) Tate Publishing

(c) Tate Publishing

Dr. Virginia Button has a BA(Hons) in Art History from Leeds University (1979-82) and an MA and PhD on the subject of English Neo-Romanticism from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Dr. Button was a Tate curator (1991-2001) and Senior Curator in London, where she curated artists’ projects and major exhibitions including the Turner Prize from 1993 to 1998. She joined Falmouth University in 2002 as an Associate Lecturer, becoming Head of the Department of Art in 2010 and Director of The Falmouth School of Art in 2013.  Her other publications include The Turner Prize (first published 1997, fifth revised edition 2007), Christopher Wood (2003), and a companion guide for Tate St Ives, St Ives Artists (2009).

Hew Locke lecture at Falmouth – Wednesday 4 November

The Falmouth School of Art at Falmouth University is delighted to welcome Hew Locke this Wednesday, 4 November at 5pm, to deliver the next in our series of lectures.

Booking is free, but required. More info

Flyer - Hew Locke