Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

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Sons and Daughters of the Soil

28 March - 13 June 2015

To coincide with 2015: United Nations International Year of Soils, this exhibition celebrates the life-supporting properties of soil and considers the many ways in which soil was represented by the artists of the Newlyn School alongside a selection of work by present-day artists Joanne Elks, Kurt Jackson, Philip Lyons and Michael Strang.  From farming to gardening, artists such as Stanhope Forbes, Fred Hall, Harold Harvey, Edwin Harris and Walter Langley, showed their subjects working the earth with skill and industry. Cornish clay was also the basis for innovation by the pioneers of ceramic production, and the exhibition includes a selection of eighteenth century Creamware and Bristol porcelain, as well as examples of twentieth century studio ceramics, including Leach Pottery. 

Image: Harold Harvey, 'Anemones' 1926, Private Collection

See our Exhibitions page for more on this and a list of past and future exhibitions 


Saturday family drop-in workshops from 2.30pm - 3.30pm - no booking necessary!

Saturday 2 May: Miniature farms - have a go at making your own mini farm!

Saturday 9 May: Look at Harold Harvey's wonderful 'Anemones' then make your own paper anemone

Saturday 16 May: Tree-mendous - use the trees in the exhibition as your inspiration for a 3D model tree

Saturday 23 May: Crafty collage - create your own textured version of the farming and gardening paintings in 'Sons and Daughters of the Soil'

Saturday 30 May: Awesome animals - make and take your own fabulous animal model


Soil Paint - half term holiday workshop

Friday 29th May 2015 10.00am-12.00pm

Did you know 2015 is the United Nations International Year of Soils?  To celebrate this, the spring exhibition at Penlee House is Sons and Daughters of the Soil, looking at how artists have represented soil in their work. 

Join artist Cassie Penn during the May half term holiday when we’ll be getting arty with soil!  Have a go at turning real soil into paint and create your own amazing artwork.  Prepare to get messy! 

For ages 7-13; £4.50 per place; booking essential – please contact the gallery on 01736 363625 to book.