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NC BLOG Rose Lodge

Place is latitudinal and longitudinal within the map of a person’s life. It is temporal and spatial, personal and political. A layered location replete with human histories and memories, place has width as well as depth. It’s about emotions, what surrounds it, what formed it, what happened there, what will happen there.  Lucy Lippard, Lure of the Local; A Sense of Place.

My life without galleries would be hard to imagine but as a curator I look for alternative spaces to engage an audience. With a background as a theatre practitioner I have a strong awareness of storytelling and narrative reflected in the way I approach exhibition making.I am interested in the ‘theatre of space’ as a site for creating interventions and encounters. These itinerant places can be a catalyst for the unexpected making of new connections and discoveries. The interaction of objects within a physical space creates a dialogue with the viewer and informs the interpretation of the work.

A creative partnership with Irish potter Jack Doherty began with, A Place in the World 2012. Here a house, also our home, provided an architectural framework and a domestic context to explore ideas around the social life of objects. Waypoint is our third project together and it has been a delight to work in collaboration with the New Craftsman St Ives to showcase a new body of soda-fired porcelain vessels to create an exhibition extending beyond the boundary of the gallery to connect with key historic sites in St Ives.

Waypoint is presented in three contrasting locations; the ancient mariner’s chapels of St Nicholas and St Leonard and the fishermen’s shelters. These are places used every day by people whose lives are grounded in the community. By placing Doherty’s vessel forms within a specific site, the intention is to create a thoughtful space in which to view the work with sensitivity to the context of place. A sense of place and a personal journey are central to the exhibition. We navigate our way through life making tracks and leaving marks along the way. In his book the Old Ways Robert Macfarlane observes; a walk is only a step away from a story, and every path tells. He describes how paths connect and how ‘they relate places in a literal sense, and by extension they relate people.’

NC BLOG Blessing Cup

Jack Doherty is the last in a generation of seafarers on the north coast of Ireland. He says; ‘My family were fishermen, sailors and boat-builders who made their livelihood in one way and another from the sea. I was to follow my own path. It is from this starting point that I made the work for ‘Waypoint’. The porcelain vessel forms have now become guardians of ideas and emotions, occupying domestic spaces in a different way. We see them in evocative places where they change with the darkness and light and connect with them in moments coloured by our own emotional state. They carry with them messages of everyday life and tell us powerful stories from places without word.

Connecting pots and people Waypoint marks a memory, time and place in a personal journey reflected in the history of a fishing community dominated by the sea.

Sarah Frangleton Curator

Waypoint is on show at New Craftsman from Saturday 5 September to 9 October, with site specific element on show throughout the St Ives September Festival from 12 to 25 September.

Waypoint Guardian Vessel LRes

Images – Top: Rose Lodge | Middle: Blessings Cup | Bottom: Guardian Vessel. Photos by Rebecca Peters

ImageWell last Saturdays PV was a great success! It was so incredibly busy we could hardly see the artworks but all of our wonderful clients and contemporary art fans from across the area were there to see the work of sculptor Terence Coventry, painters Jeremy Annear and Judy Buxton, jeweller Guy Royle and ceramicist Elspeth Owen.

Particularly popular were Coventry’s huge goat sculptures in the window of NC, the biggest pieces on show, and we are thrilled to say that four days into the exhibition BOTH have sold to a buyer with a discerning eye for outdoor sculpture.

So, dear art lovers, press your nose against our window and weep! These two fine bronze works have found their home. Many thanks to their new owner who has allowed us to keep them on display for the duration of the show.

Other utterly fabulous works are still available. The exhibition will run until 12th October.

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paul n goatsThe world is full of art news this week. A newly discovered painting by Vincent van Gogh has been unveiled in Amsterdam, the nominees for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize have been announced (we vote Anoush Abrar by the way) but we can beat that here in St Ives this weekend with the launch of the annual September Festival, the first ever Ceramics Trail Cornwall and the opening of the biggest show of the year here at New Craftsman.

TERENCE COVENTRY, JEREMY ANNEAR and JUDY BUXTON with Guy Royle and Elspeth Owen opens tomorrow, Saturday 14th and we are expecting the biggest Private View party we’ve ever held. Our wonderful gallery manager of fortynine years Michael Hunt is putting the finishing touches to our spectacular show (careful up that ladder Michael!), Paul Haase is selecting the champagne and dusting truffles with edible gold dust (we’d expect nothing less – Paul always spoils us), gallery assistant and recent Art History Masters graduate Sussie Moran has detailed and mounted every single label (the model of professional patience), gallery assistant and talented jewellery maker Sarah Watson is polishing and perfecting the displays (with her artists eye for beauty and detail) and Director Ylenia Haase is overseeing every last detail of a show she has worked on night and day for months.

There’s a great sense of anticipation! We are thrilled to confirm that world class sculptor Terence Coventry will be attending the opening of this, his first show within Cornwall for 25 years, as will abstract artist Jeremy Annear and his wife, outstanding landscape and still life painter Judy Buxton, celebrated contemporary jeweller Guy Royle and respected performance, installation and mixed media artist Elspeth Owen.

The show will run throughout the September Festival and until 12th October so, red dots notwithstanding, this fabulous selection of contemporary art show will stand as autumn’s must see exhibition.

Images: Paul Haase taking a moment to position Terence Coventry’s goat sculptures in NCs window!

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