Crafting the Cathedral – BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts Exhibition

 

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‘Crafting the Cathedral’ brings together for exhibition contemporary craft artefacts, created and designed as a personal response to Truro Cathedral by invited third year students from Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts course.

The responses to Truro Cathedral – its stunning architecture, history and purpose as a place of worship – has led to an engaging mix of small and large-scale art works.

BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts has long worked closely with a range of external partners, exploring new ways of engaging audiences with objects and places.

‘It’s been a really important, demanding, yet rewarding challenge to create interpretive objects that live up to the building, the people and items that live there’, says Jason Cleverly, Senior Lecturer on the course. ‘Many of the Cathedral’s artefacts carry great metaphorical power and some fascinating and unusual stories – we hope you will enjoy the students’ responses to the building’.

crafting-the-cathedral-posterTruro Cathedral is keen to provide opportunities for students to creatively explore the building, its artefacts and how it is connected to the wider community.

Kirsten Gordon, Education & Schools Officer, commented, ‘We have found the students’ approach to their brief to be interesting and incredibly varied, demonstrating technical skill and creativity. It is a valuable experience for us to see with fresh eyes the many different facets of cathedral life which speak on so many more levels than we perhaps see at first glance’.

Lizzie Arthur, Truro Cathedral’s Education and Interpretation Officer and graduate of the Contemporary Crafts course added, ‘We hope that our visitors enjoy the students’ personal responses to Truro Cathedral. Such exhibitions challenge the audience to look more closely at the familiar, inspiring both the cathedral community and our visitors’.

Crafting The Cathedral is on at Truro Cathedral, 2-16 February (Monday-Saturday 10-15, Sunday 12-4) Entry is free.

Foote Notes

Foundation Graduate Assistant, and Alumna of Falmouth School of Art’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, Emilia Wharfe, talks about her involvement at this year’s Truro Festival 2016…

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‘This year, Truro Festival decided that it needed a Cornish mascot, and who better than Kernow’s beloved Samuel Foote. For those who don’t recognise the name, Samuel Foote was a playwright, satirist, nonsense writer and all-round prankster born in Truro – and the first ever stand up comedian!

I felt flattered when the Festival organisers approached me about doing a timeline in his honour, although terrified at the sheer size of the project.

Samuel Foote

We set out to achieve three boards, each 4ftx6ft, each towering over the kids as they interact with individual elements of the boards. I used different mediums: for example, cyanotypes to create the timeline skyline running along the bottom of the boards, inks and watercolours, and finally Adobe software to vectorise elements, so as to keep their quality of line.

Inspired by the series Horrible Histories, I had a lot of fun working on a project about such a bizarre man. It allowed me to return to ideas and theories of Nonsense that I studied during my MA and to generally paint using my funny bone.

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The boards will now continue to tell the story of Samuel Foote throughout Cornwall over the next few years, visiting as many local schools as possible.

‘I had now found my first friend,’ said Tove Jansson, ‘and so my life has begun.’ I thank drawing for giving me this feeling and I thank Truro Festival for letting me share it to a larger, diverse audience. My work will continue, like Foote, to focus on the more nonsensical elements of life, using these ‘moments’ as metaphors, to create work that is at once surreal, playful and thought provoking’.

Emilia Wharfe
www.emiliawharfe.com

Falmouth graduate Stacey Guthrie shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries

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(c) Stacey Guthrie

Chosen from 1,400 submissions via an anonymous selection process, 2013 BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate Stacey Guthrie will be informed of the outcome of Bloomberg New Contemporaries by mid-May.

Founded in 1949 as the ‘Young Contemporaries’, the Arts Council sponsored exhibition helps to launch promising artists. The annual selection is made by artists and writers who are often previous winners themselves.

Stacey said, ‘I am delighted to have been shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Since graduating it’s been a whirlwind of activity and it feels great to be representing Cornwall and being part of showcasing the great wealth of creativity and talent we have down here.’

Stacey, who lives in West Cornwall, is also involved in a current exhibition with Millennium Gallery, St. Ives, and Spectrum, the autism charity. The exhibition, ‘I’ (Passing Through the Veil of Solitude) runs until 20 April at Telegraph House in Truro.

Crafting the Cathedral

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Some photos of the show in situ – and the fantastic private viewImage

Deborah Jasynewycz’s projected glass crochet

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Hannah Couper’s celebration of the cathedral’s cleaning staff.

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Bethany Walker’s geometrical exploration of rose windows.

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Jamie Colins’ chair during a recital.

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Jamie’s achieved enlightenment

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Alison Reid

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Canon Phillip Lambert makes a speech

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Verity Prior.

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Beth Robinson’s interrogation of the animal soul.

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Hanny Newton. Silver thread and human hair

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Emily Baker Wheeler’s digital cast glass stylized cathedral.

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Amy James. Amy’s large piece is made of jesmonite, cast glass, cast metal and digitally routed birch ply. It represents an hour of visitor activity to the cathedral

BA(Hons) Drawing at the Royal Cornwall Museum

First year BA(Hons) Drawing students and tutors Isolde Pullum and Peter Skerrett spent the day at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, drawing from the Rashleigh Collection of rocks and minerals, as well the museum’s other collections.

Drawing students at Royal Cornwall Museum

Student Emma Abel said, “It was fascinating to view the fossils and rock specimens and also the reconstructions of the settlements.  Most interesting was the rhinoceros tooth.  It’s great to have a drawing resource like this just a train ride from Falmouth.

Third year Crafts students on Professional Practice study visits

Level 3 Contemporary Craft students are currently working on their external brief project. The brief is a competition to design a new range for production responding to the idea of Cornwall. There are three main partners this year and here are some images of the students research gathering. 

Trip 1: Truro Cathedral

Trip 2: The Plymouth Museum – The China Connection Gallery

Trip 3: Cornish Goldmine