Painting a Working Cornwall: Newlyn and St Ives 1880-1930

'Girl Peeling Onions' by Elizabeth Forbes

‘Girl Peeling Onions’ by Elizabeth Forbes

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following symposium:

‘Painting a Working Cornwall: Newlyn and St Ives 1880-1930’
Friday, 1 March
18.00, Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Speaker(s): Alison Bevan (Penlee House Gallery and Museum); David Tovey (author, lecturer, and curator)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. There will be no advance booking for this event and places will be available on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis
Organised by: Martin Caiger-Smith and Roo Gunzi (The Courtauld Institute of Art) in conjunction with Two Temple Place, supported by The Bulldog Trust

Towards the end of the nineteenth-century, growing numbers of artists settled in West Cornwall, at the harbour towns of Newlyn and St Ives. Influenced by both Naturalism and Impressionism, and with a commitment to painting en plein air, artists such as Stanhope Forbes, Henry Scott Tuke, Adrian Stokes, and Anders Zorn sought to apply French techniques learned on the coasts of Brittany to British rural subjects. Over the course of several decades from the 1880s, Newlyn and St Ives gained recognition as established centres for Cornish art, which encouraged the continual arrival of visiting painters into the twentieth century. From 1900, second generation artists such as Sir Alfred Munnings and Dame Laura Knight were also based at Lamorna.

Specialists in Cornish art, Alison Bevan BEM, Director of Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance, and leading author and historian of St Ives art, David Tovey, will explore the work of key artists who formed what are now generally understood as the Newlyn and St Ives ‘schools’ of painting, and examine their artistic interest in the local working landscape of West Cornwall.

This event accompanies the current exhibition Amongst Heroes: The Artist in Working Cornwall, which is open until 14 April 2013 at Two Temple Place, and is being run by The Bulldog Trust in conjunction with the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. The exhibition brings together art and objects from a large number of public and private collections across Cornwall, and other institutions nationwide. Organised in collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art, this exhibition is the second in an annual series of exhibitions by The Bulldog Trust, which intend to increase the visibility of regional collections, and provide opportunities for first-time curators.

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