Inspired by Penlee Gallery

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Fifteen Truro College students are selected to show work alongside famous Cornish Paintings.

For the third year, ‘Penlee Inspired’ celebrates creative responses to Penlee House’s collections of art and artefacts. It is a showcase of contemporary local creativity: practicing artists and beginners have made responses in the form of paintings, photographs, sculpture and poetry.

These contemporary works relate imaginatively to the collections. From over one hundred entries, staff at Penlee carefully selected pieces that showed not just technical proficiency but a direct link to the gallery and museum, its works and exhibitions. Entrants have ranged from schoolchildren to retirees, artists to fishermen.

Fifteen works were selected from Truro and Penwith college students studying Fine Art on the Level 3 Extended Diploma Course. The journey began with a visit to the gallery in September, where students were asked to select and ‘transcribe’ directly from the works at first hand. Information was collected by drawing and painting and collage and was then developed in the studio at Truro College.

Students selected are:
Jacob Pruszynski, Alice Nightingale, Scott Omlo, Elysia Brooks, Kristian Bailey, Holly Wright, James Cooper, Hannah Simpson, Olivia Wright, William Dean, Veronika Thijssen, Jodie MacQueen, Ed Gaca, Jasim Smitham and Joe Evans. In addition to students, three staff works were also selected: Kay Vinson, Mark Dunford and Dave Smart.

Penlee House has gained a national reputation for its exhibitions of Cornish art from the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. This unique exhibition showcases contemporary local talent: professional artists, amateurs and total beginners have produced paintings, pictures, poetry and more. Filling the galleries alongside the pieces that inspired them, these modern works highlight not only the breadth of artistic skill in contemporary Cornwall, but the enduring power and relevance of these earlier works.
Admission is FREE for everyone throughout Penlee Inspired and also includes entry to Crafts for Christmas, a selling exhibition of work by members of Cornwall Crafts Association.

Penlee Inspired
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
29 November 2014 – 10 January 2015

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