Penwith Gallery

Penwith Gallery St Ives Cornwall

Penwith Gallery offers a year-round programme of exhibitions by Society Members and Associates, as well as those by other artists from Cornwall and further afield.

The Penwith Gallery is also the home of the Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall. The Society was founded in 1949 by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Sven Berlin and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, amongst others.

The Gallery, formerly an old pilchard packing factory, has a remarkable complex of buildings, including three public galleries, artists' studios, a print workshop, a sculpture courtyard, shop and archive.

An unrivalled resource for the arts in Cornwall, the Penwith continues to be at the forefront of presenting contemporary work of quality.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

10-5 Monday to Saturday

Admission charges

Free of charge

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Noel Betowski Penwith Gallery

Autumn Exhibitions at the Penwith

  • 31 August — 2 November 2019 *on now

We have 3 new shows opening our Autumn exhibition season on 31st August:

A completely new selection of work from our Members makes up their autumn exhibition, which runs until 2nd November. In the Studio Gallery, Peter Wray & Judy Collins introduce a collection of their acclaimed maritime themed work – ‘Of Land and Sea’: recent collaborative paintings. In the New Gallery, we have ‘In the Fold 2’, where Noel Betowski presents 65 large-scale paintings arranged as one installation. Both of these shows run until 28th September – Private View for all three is Friday 30th August, 17.30-19.30 – all welcome.

From 5th October – 2nd November, in the Studio Gallery we have a Venice-themed exhibition of Philip Wakeham’s wonderful cast bronze sculpture, paired with the magical etchings of Sally Spens, and the New Gallery hosts an exhibition celebrating 70 years of the Penwith Society of Arts. Private View for both shows is Friday 4th October, 17.30-19.30 – all welcome.

Please see our website for more details of all the above shows: http://www.penwithgallery.com

01736 795 579

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://penwithgallery.com/exhibition/

Barbara Hepworth

70th Anniversary of Penwith Society of Arts

  • 5 October — 2 November 2019

Private View: Friday 4th October, 17:30 – 19:30

At the centre of any account of modern art in St Ives are the artists and volatile history of the Penwith Society of Arts.

In 1949, a group of artists broke away from the St Ives Society of Artists (which was too traditional for them) to form a new group as a memorial tribute to Borlase Smart.

The founders of the Penwith Society of Arts (PSA) were Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, together with the rest of the Crypt Group, including Peter Lanyon who played a prominent role. They invited the eminent critic and supporter of modern art, Herbert Read, to be their president.

Although PSA went on to play a key role in the development of modern and abstract art within the artists’ colony, it also became known for the personal and creative strains between its members.

This exhibition brings together work created since 1961 by key members of the Society and looks at the impact they had on the art world. This association with so many progressive and influential artists has given the Penwith Society a unique place in British art history.

Free entry.

Penwith Gallery
Back Road West
St. Ives Cornwall
TR26 1NL

mail@penwithgallery.com
01736 795579

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://penwithgallery.com/exhibition/new-gallery-70th-anniversary-penwith-society-arts/

Philip Wakeham Bronze

Sally Spens & Philip Wakeham

  • 5 October — 2 November 2019

Private View: 4th October 17:30 - 19:30

Venice is the underlying theme of the exhibition, a city that has inspired countless artists and is astonishing in its beauty and resilience. Many hands and visions have been instrumental in its creation.

Wakeham and Spens both work from a foundation of drawing and regard the manual transformation of materials as an essential part of the creative process. Philip Wakeham works exclusively in bronze, which he learnt to cast at the Royal Academy. Sally Spens studied at Goldsmiths and now works predominantly with copper plate etching.

Wakeham’s sculpture is infused with the poetry of human imagination and expression. He sculpts from life in clay, capturing the subtle realities, before casting in bronze. Seemingly disparate natural and man made elements combine to produce resonant three - dimensional images linked by the human form.

Spens’ work looks at Venice as a city of artisans, from the viewpoint of her background in the applied arts. Thinking about the way that equivalent imagery is used in design for theatre and the relationship between nature and artistry, labour and extravagance. The etchings seek to link ideas with images that give a sense of hand and eye in the city’s history.

“ I believe it is the job of the artist to produce symbols of non-verbal understanding, the visual has a direct path to our minds and hearts.” Philip Wakeham

Penwith Gallery
Back Road West
St. Ives Cornwall
TR26 1NL

mail@penwithgallery.com
01736 795579

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://penwithgallery.com/exhibition/studio-gallery-sally-spens-philip-wakeham/

Penwith Gallery
Back Road West
St Ives
Cornwall
TR26 1NL
England

Website

http://www.penwithgallery.com

E-mail

mail@penwithgallery.com

Telephone

01736 795579

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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