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David Haughton in St Just
David Haughton (1924 - 1991) moved to West Cornwall in 1948 after dropping out of the Slade School of Art. He soon joined the ranks of the St Ives modernists, becoming a member of the avant-garde Crypt Group, the Penwith Society and the St Ives Society of Artists. While out on a bicycle ride with his friend and fellow artist Kit Barker, Haughton came across St Just, the compact mining town situated on the moors between Penzance and St Ives. He later described the encounter as both a magical experience and a turning point in his life. Even after leaving Cornwall in 1950 to teach at the Central School in London, Haughton returned every year for thirty years, often with groups of students. This exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings shows his lifetime love affair with St Just. Gallery 1 - a selection of Newlyn School and Lamorna Group paintings in Galleries 2, 3, 4 & 5.
Bringing Home the Catch: Art and Fishing in Newlyn
The Newlyn School artists ‘discovered’ this picturesque fishing village at a transitional moment in its history. Just as the painters were setting up their easels and depicting the lives of the local Newlyn community in the 1880s, its fishing industry was expanding rapidly. Featuring a wealth of paintings, photographs and artefacts from the period 1880 to 1940, this exhibition provides an insight into how the artists chose to represent these changes, or even to ignore them for the sake of artistic license. Curated with assistance from Dr Joanna Mattingly. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Lamorna Group paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.
Entranced by a Special Place: the Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA
A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA (1869 – 1955) was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of artists and writers in West Cornwall. Entranced by a Special Place refers to Birch's lifelong association with Lamorna, from where he took his name. This exhibition brings together over seventy paintings, with work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary celebrations. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.