FOR IMMEDIATE USE
What Is This Place?
22 Apr — 15 Jul 2017
Newlyn Art Gallery
In these rapidly changing times, socially and politically, is this the time to create an artwork
over weeks or months while the whole landscape may have turned upside down?
The paintings in this exhibition share a sense of improvisation. Like the act of drawing, the works
are a way for the artist to work through ideas and pose questions. Their marks have been made
with a speed and spontaneity, executed quickly to capture changing thoughts and ideas. Some
of the artists have been drawn to a particular location, repeatedly, to better understand it;
tapping away till it reveals itself. For others, it is this social and political landscape of the world
today that they are questioning. Memory, and its varied versions of truth, often acts as a source
or starting point, to revisit, to reimagine. From the commonplace to the cosmic, the eight artists
in this exhibition are questioning with paint, what is this place?
Participating artists and their place of work
Sam Bassett | St Ives, Cornwall
Romi Behrens | Rosudgeon, Cornwall
Gordon Dalton | Cardiff
Freya Douglas-Morris | London
Danny Fox | London / Los Angeles
Ben Sanderson | Helston, Cornwall
Corinna Spencer | Torquay, Devon
Lucy Stein | St Just, Cornwall
Open Mon – Sat, 10.00 – 17.00
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ 01736 363715 @newlynexchange
Opening Event: Fri 21 Apr 19.00 – 21.00, Little Wonder Café and pay bar, free entry, all welcome.
Artists’ Discussion: Sat 22 Apr, 11.00. Join the exhibiting artists and curator Blair Todd for an
informal discussion about works in the exhibition. Free with admission.
Newlyn Art Gallery exists because of a long history of contemporary art making in the far west of
Cornwall and has celebrated contemporary art and supported the artists that produce it more than
120 years. In 2007 the gallery reopened after a period of renovation with the addition of a new
pavilion. At this time the gallery also launched its new space, The Exchange, in the centre of
Penzance, which has enabled the organisation to take on larger, more ambitious projects across its
two sites. Together the galleries continue to present contemporary work in all media by regional,
national and international artists, with a programme of events, activities and education.