Open Studios 2016

Open Studios Cornwall 2016 will run from Sat 28th May – Sun 5th June.

This is the twelfth year of Open Studios Cornwall and the biggest yet – with 259 artists, craftsmen and designers opening the doors of their studios to the public for nine days.

I will be showing a series of small new paintings; opening my new studio at Trewidden for the first time. Full details below, or you can find me on the Open Studios website

Studio 12, Trewidden Garden Studios

Buryas Bridge, Penzance TR20 8TT

 

Moving/Image: group exhibition of new and recent video work

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Four Cornwall-based artists – Stacey Guthrie, Fiona Léus-Lambert, Christina Romero Cross and Frances Walsh – will be showing new and recent work in a group show at CMR Gallery, Redruth, open from Sunday 26 April to 03 May, 12.00-17.00 daily.

The show, entitled Moving/Image, is a selection of new and recent work that utilises video, sculpture and installation.

Three of the artists – Stacey Guthrie, Christina Romero Cross and Frances Walsh – are recent graduates of Falmouth University, where they studied Fine Art. Stacey Guthrie’s work has recently been shown at Newlyn Art Gallery as part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show. Fiona Léus Lambert is an established artist, based in Porthleven, who has shown widely in Germany and the UK. Both she and Frances Walsh have been members of artist-led CMR Gallery for several years.

A grant from Arts Council England for new video work has supported the exhibition.

The work of Christina Romero Cross engages with the miniature and the interior. Romero Cross has described how she is ‘endlessly fascinated by secret chambers and unexpected views of the otherwise hidden, like a glimpse through imperfectly closed curtains to the interior of a life unknown’.

The interactive video installation being shown by Stacey Guthrie is a new piece that explores the cumulative effect of menial work over time. Employing her signature style, Guthrie takes a humorous and darkly surreal look at what happens to one woman when she is literally consumed by laundry.

Frances Walsh will be showing a new piece of work that further extends her recent series of projected, looped and closely observational video recordings – in this case, a quiet study of a child’s attempts to build and light a fire.

A graduate from Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with the title of ‘Meisterschule’, Fiona Léus Lambert formerly worked intensely with Super 8 and 16mm film, editing ‘in-camera’. More recently she has used video and other digital mediums and editing methods. Although ideally her films should be seen in a cinema situation, some, like the new piece in CMR, are conceived as installations. ‘Loss’ is personal piece, but also references classical forms in art.

CMR member and artist Frances Walsh explains “It can sometimes seem that there are perhaps fewer opportunities to show video or installation-based art work, compared to painting or sculpture. But the spaces at CMR Gallery lend themselves to this type of work. With the Moving/Image show, I sought to bring together the work of four female artists that explored different approaches to producing and using the moving image: we are all primarily using digital video projections within installation environments, but the working methods, themes and intentions behind our work are very different. The environment at CMR has allowed each participating artist to have their own dedicated space to show recent and in some cases new work, to new audiences. We hope as many people as possible will come and have a look.”

CMR Gallery and Project Space is located at the top of Back Lane West in the heart of Redruth. Previously used for film and video workshops and offices, it now offers an inclusive and inviting space for artists and the community to share and explore contemporary visual art in all its forms. CMR is an artist-led membership organization and registered charity, and is open to all who share its aims. New members are always welcome – information on how to apply is on the CMR website www.c-m-r.org

Moving/Image is open 26 April to 03 May, 12.00-17.00 daily

Opening night – Saturday 25 April 19.00-21.00

Images reproduced below:

    1. Christina Romero Cross, Lost and Found, 2015
    2. Frances Walsh, Lighting a Fire, 2015
    3. Fiona Léus Lambert, Loss, 2015
    4. Stacey Guthrie, Good Girls Don’t Wear Trousers, 2014

Home by Christina Romero Cross

Lighting a Fire by Frances Walsh

Loss by Fiona Leus Lambert

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The Tanks installation for MA Show, Falmouth University

Installation for MA Show, Falmouth University
Installation for MA Show, Falmouth University
Installation for MA Show, Falmouth University
Installation for MA Show, Falmouth University

A couple of shots of the final installation set-up for the MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice show back in September, which was given the Sandra Blow award.

Immediately following the MA, with the help of a professional development bursary from Visual Arts South West, I was able to undertake a 1-day Introduction to MAX for Artists course at the London College of Communication, which I hope will enable me to develop this area of work further.

 

MA final project in progress…

A couple of stills from my recent shoot at Helston Gunsmiths; the first stages of development of my final MA project.

The MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice show will be held at Lamorva House, Wood Lane, Falmouth University.
Private View on Tuesday 3rd September, then open daily Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th September.

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MA Interim Show – installation shots

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Installation shot from Seven, MA interim show at CMR Gallery & Project Space, Redruth.

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Godolphin:Night, 2013
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Installation shot of video projected onto debris netting, during Seven, MA interim show at CMR Gallery & Project Space, Redruth

‘March Fourth’ – members’ events at CMR Gallery

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March 2013 saw a month-long programme of research, development and collaboration by the artist members of CMR Gallery in Redruth. I found it an invaluable time to spend working out ideas for installation pieces, ahead of the interim show for the MA Fine Art course. I explored projection of some of the video pieces I’ve made from the night shoot in Godolphin Woods, incorporating other materials including debris netting to diffuse, obscure and enhance the images.

The emphasis is on research: offering the entire CMR membership space to develop, test and discuss work with other members and consider how the location & architecture – physical and organisational – of this independent, artist led, membership organism might best support their practices. Conversation during this month will help inform future programming.

 – CMR website

The Unconference that was held at the end of the month saw us developing plans for the future that could include these kinds of events held regularly.

 

 

 

For more info, go to http://www.c-m-r.org/march-fourth.html

LIMBO

28th March until 14th April 2013
The Old Coffin Store, 7 Walsingham Place, Truro TR1 2RP
“Into a limbo large and broad, since called the paradise of fools, to few unknown” – John Milton, Paradise Lost
This event is a celebration of visual arts culture taking place in Cornwall – a coming together to celebrate achievement through painting, sculpture, film, performance, sound, collaborative art projects, screenings and talks, it will showcase the diverse practice of 100’s of artists over a series of events, including:

A CURATED EXHIBITION: A limited selection of liminal artworks selected as a personal response to the space and circumstances.’FIAT LUX LATIN – LET THERE BE LIGHT’ (A TAAP PROJECT)’: Members of TaAp invite 10 other artists to collaborate on a room of 20 portraits – 10 of famous individuals that have attempted to take their lives and 10 that have done so. A poignant voyage into what paint can bring to life.

‘ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL’, a LETH project that provides a holistic look at making in the South West, presenting the results of an open invitation to practitioners to be included in a large installation. A show within a show, which aims to build a collective document.
I have contributed a small piece to the section of the show described above – All For One and One For All – featuring photographs from a recent shoot at Godolphin House. Each artist made a double-sided piece 11cm wide by 35cm high, in any medium they liked. These pieces were suspended together to form an installation in the space that describes the variety of work being made by the visual art community.

Limbo is an event conceived, instigated and supported by Joseph Clarke, Samuel Bassett, Jesse Leroy Smith and Neil Scott.

For more info, go to

http://www.cornwallartbiennale.org/what.htm

https://www.facebook.com/sam.bassett.35?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/cornwallartbiennale

Godolphin Limbo 2 photos
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Exhibition photographs by Emma Griffin http://www.griffin-photography.co.uk

Seven – an exhibition of work by MA Fine Art students at Falmouth

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We have a show coming up at CMR Gallery, Redruth – seven of us are exhibiting our ‘interim’ work mid-way through the course, and everyone is welcome to the opening night on Friday 19th April (7-9pm) or during the weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am-4pm).

Artists taking part are: Sophie Anderson, Karl Arbuthnot, Claire Burchell, James Kinder, Laura Menzies, Katri Paakkari and myself. The work includes painting, video, installation, sculpture and performance. More information on the artists and their work will be posted on the new blog for the MA Fine Art Contemporary Practice course http://mafineartfalmouth2013.wordpress.com

I will be showing a video installation that explores contemporary  images from Godolphin House and estate – one of the oldest in the county, with a previously powerful role in mining, politics and the monarchy.

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Night shoot in Godolphin Woods

Slide1Working on a video installation for my interim MA show, which will be at CMR Gallery, Redruth… thanks to Pip the NT Ranger at Godolphin Woods and Laura the Visitor Experience Manager, I was able to film the ‘Trago Tree’ in the woods, with green gel spotlights placed to highlight the dips in the landscape where mining took place. Editing it now to create the piece that will go into the space at CMR… will be open to the pulbic Friday 19th April 7-9pm and then Sat 20th and Sun 21st April 10am-4pm.

http://www.c-m-r.org/find-us.html

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin/