Events at Penwith Gallery

    Penwith Gallery Archive Collection featuring drawings by Sven Berlin

    The Penwith Gallery’s ‘Hepworth Room’ is home to unique exhibitions from our own Penwith Gallery Archive Collection, artistic luminaries of the 20th Century and loaned works from ‘Friends of The Penwith’ as well as pop up educational shows. Along with our varied exhibitions of artworks The Hepworth Room also displays treasures from our paper archive of both The Penwith Society and Penwith Galleries Ltd. On permanent display in The Hepworth Room is our pride and joy, Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture ‘Magic Stone’, John Milne’s sculpture ‘Wave Form’ and a wonderful 8ft photograph of Barbara by Peter Kinnear.

    Specific past shows include ‘Jeff Harris and friends’ in conjunction with The Belgrave Gallery and an exclusive ‘Cornel Lucas’ photography exhibition. This year we will be continuing to host exclusive exhibitions with renowned photographer Brian Seed in July and as a special Christmas time treat, an exhibition of Christmas cards by the sculptor Denis Mitchell in November. We will also be hosting a joint exhibition of artist and author Tom Cross with The Belgrave Gallery in October.

    2nd February 2024 onwards
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    Main Gallery: Members Spring Exhibition

    A diverse exhibition of sculptures, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and prints from the Members of The Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives, Cornwall.

    Preview: Friday 12th April 17:30 onwards, all welcome! The exhibition runs 12th April - 15th June 2024.

    Lanyon Gallery: Tom Leaper | Big Country

    Penwith in the Penwith – a selection of Penwith Gallery artists explore their relationship with and conceptualisation of our wild and uncut landscape. Mixing the work from 3D sculpture through hollow sculpted wooden forms to stunning painted interpretations of the raw Penwith topography.

    The featured artists invited by Tom span three decades and each bring their own interpretation of their Penwith home.

    Presenting works by Tom Leaper, Jason Lilley, Sophie Fraser, Graham Davey, Kleiner Shames, and Iona Sanders in a kaleidoscope of creative interaction with their environment.

    Preview: Friday 17th May 17:30 onwards, all welcome! The exhibition runs 17th May - 15th June 2024

    Studio Gallery: Iona Sanders

    Iona Sanders’ latest series of paintings explore the energy and life in the mundane, the ordinary, and the stress that comes with everyday domesticity.

    Based on a series of sketches made over the course of one non-extraordinary day from her home in Lelant, Iona describes the day in question:

    “Nothing special happened: did some washing, did the dishes, answered some WhatsApp messages, did some emails, walked the dog… my home is fairly colourful, my daughters make fabulous models and my daily dog walk is amazing. I think it’s mindfulness that allows you to see beauty in the little things, the things that are under your nose, and I am happy to share my response to this.”

    Preview: Friday 17th May 17:30 onwards, all welcome! The exhibition runs 17th May - 15th June 2024

    Lanyon Gallery: Richard Holliday, Shelley Thornton, Graham Black | Three Ways West

    Richard Holliday – Sculptor.

    Shelley Thornton – Painter.

    Graham Black – Printmaker.

    Three distinctive artists come together in this exciting exhibition exploring their diverse approaches to media and abstraction rooted in the rugged yet beautiful land and seascapes of their adopted home in West Cornwall.

    The differences between the three are evident in their use of media and working processes but similarities also surface as each responds to the geography and geology that surround them. They are all directed by the geometry they perceive – the lines, the forms, the shapes, the patterns. Each, in their chosen mediums, creates absorbing abstractions from that environment.

    All three also inject aspects of the autobiographical, and of society at large into their work. Their own musings and reflections on life become embedded in their art. The fact that they were individually drawn to West Cornwall from very different locations (Cambridge, Yorkshire and Brighton respectively) gives each of them a unique lens through which to view the Cornish landscape.

    Preview: Friday 21st June 17:30 onwards, all welcome! The exhibition runs 21st June - 20th July 2024

    Studio Gallery: Imogen Rorke | CHAOS AND CALM

    A response to and a respite from my life.

    I nearly called this show ‘“Driven to Abstraction”, My Family and Other Reasons Why I Paint’. I feel compelled to create and make work, as an escape, a retreat, a therapy, a release. I can’t not create. However, I am first and foremost a mum of three boys (twins 8 and a 9-year-old), all three are homeschooled. Life for me is full, to say the least; my role and responsibilities can sometimes feel overwhelming to the point of suffocation. In the past, my sense of self has been lost in the melee of everyday life.

    I have recently had a shift in my perception of why I make art; I used to think myself as an artist in spite of my role as a mother, that (with frustration) motherhood was preventing me from fully fulfilling my role as an artist. I have come to realise that is because of motherhood that I must also be an artist, to create balance in my life, to fulfil my whole self and to express my life experiences.

    In addition, my paintings are a direct response to, rather than in-spite of, my role as a mother. My practice is respite from the chaos, but more than being a cathartic exercise, the paintings themselves are a direct expression of the all-encompassing demands upon me and the constant fluctuation between chaos and calm that is my life.

    Preview: Friday 21st June 17:30 onwards, all welcome! The exhibition runs 21st June - 20th July 2024

    Main Gallery: Members Summer Exhibition

    A diverse exhibition of sculptures, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and prints from the Members of The Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives, Cornwall.

    Preview: Friday 21st June 17:30 onwards, all welcome! The exhibition runs 21st June - 20th July 2024
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