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Model Citzens: Myths and Realities

14 June - 6 September 2014       

The artists that colonised Newlyn from the 1880s onwards, such as Elizabeth Armstrong, Frank Bramley, William Breakspeare, Stanhope Forbes, Edwin Harris, Walter Langley and Leghe Suthers, saw the local citizens as models of stability, courage, perseverance and faith. They painted working people engaged in everyday tasks, alongside moments of high drama, a version of contemporary life that was often carefully constructed and staged. With over seventy works on display, many borrowed from private and public collections, this exhibition shows how the spaces inhabited by these ‘model citizens’ are orderly, offering them as examples for the nation as a whole. Exhibition curated by Mary O’Neill. Throughout the ground floor galleries, including Newlyn School paintings: more paintings on show in Gallery 5.

Exhibition sponsored by


Picture credit: Gala Day at Newlyn, 1907, by Stanhope Forbes, Hartlepool Art Gallery ©The Artist's Estate/Bridgeman Art Library


13 September - 22 November 2014                         

Leonard Fuller (1891 - 1973): A Sympathetic Eye

The portrait and still life painter Leonard John Fuller was one of the key figures in the St Ives artists’ colony. His early artistic promise was interrupted by the First World War where he served alongside fellow artist Robert Borlase Smart. Deeply affected by his war experience, Fuller went on to dedicate his life to teaching and painting. In 1938, he founded the internationally renowned St Ives School of Painting with his wife and fellow artist Marjorie Mostyn. This exhibition focuses on Fuller’s prolific output throughout his painting career and includes portraits of his St Ives artist friends, alongside a selection of work by his students and associates, including Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sven Berlin, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, Marjorie Mostyn and Borlase Smart.

Ground floor galleries: a selection of Newlyn School paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5

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