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Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, is collaborating with the University of Northumbria to present a survey of British sea-side Art Colonies from 1880-1930, incorporating the three Cornish colonies, Newlyn, Lamorna and St. Ives, together with their contemporaries in Staithes, Cullercoates, Walberswick, Kirkcudbright and Cockburnspath.
While each of these colonies had an ethos of its own, the links from one to another are complex and interesting, with several artists featuring in more than one place. This exhibition, accompanied by an extensive publication (published by Sansom & Co.), examines these inter-relationships and highlights key works by each colony’s leading artists.
The exhibition will include works by Newlyn School painters Frank Bramley, Walter Langley, Norman Garstin, Elizabeth Forbes and Fred Hall. Among the members of the Lamorna group included are S. J. Lamorna Birch, A.J. Munnings, Charles Naper and Laura Knight. Staithes painters include Mark Senior, Charles Mackie, Laura and Harold Knight and Isa Jobling. From Walberswick, there are Walter Osborne, Philip Wilson Steer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and George Clausen. Kirkcudbright representatives include George Henry, E.A. Hornel, Charles Mackie, Jessie King and Charles Oppenheimer. The Cockburnspath colony is represented by James Guthrie, J. Crawhall, George Henry, Arthur Melville and E.A.Walton. Cullercoates works include paintings by H.H. Emmerson, J.F. Slater, F. Holl, R. Jobling, A.H. Marsh, G. Horton and J. Charlton.
Incorporating around 80 works, with loans from National, regional and private collections, the exhibition will allow those familiar with one or more of the colonies to see the work in the context of developments elsewhere in the UK, while offering audiences new to any of the artists an aesthetic treat.
Following its launch at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, where it runs from 18th June to 10th September 2005, the exhibition will hopefully tour to Newport Art Gallery, Wales and then possibly the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.