Lectures marked with a are also Study Days

Cornish Art 1880 – 1940

This lecture/ study day gives an overview of art in Cornwall from the late 19th century to the Second World War. With the Social Realism of artists such as Walter Langley and Frank Bramley , to the fame and notoriety of Stanhope Forbes’ paintings, H. S.Tuke’s maritime work, as well as the magical, fantasies of Elizabeth Forbes, H. Meynell Rheam and T.C. Gotch.  Dod and Ernest Procter. S.J.Lamorna Birch and visitors to the Lamorna Valley including Laura and Harold Knight and A.J.Munnings are also analysed here.

Cornish Art 1941 to the present

This lecture/study day looks at the development of art in Cornwall starting with St. Ives modernism and the split between representational and abstract artists in the late 40s including Barns-Graham, Ben Nicholson, Sven Berlin through the expressionism and spiritual paintings of Peter Lanyon, John Miller, and Michael Finn. The history of naïve painters from Alfred Wallis to John Dyer is also included here.  It also looks at both tutors and students at Falmouth College of Art from 1950 onwards. Cornwall has generated masters of printmaking, photography, sculpture and other medium which will all be explored as well as the landscape and figurative revival current in the Cornish art scene.

Cornish Contemporary Art - A Curator’s Choice.

This lecture/ study day explores contemporary Cornish art through a Curator’s eyes. The coastline and landscape of Cornwall feature in John Miller’s figurative/spiritual paintings, Neil Pinkett’s’ expressive works, and Kurt Jackson’s mixed media paintings. Paul Lewin’s plein air views are analysed alongside those by Robert Jones. The super realism of Diane Ibbotson and Ashley Hold RWA contrast with the abstraction of Martin Grimshaw and Neil Canning. Naïve artists Bryan Pearce, Joan Gilchrest and Christopher Tate are also included. The sculpture of Tim Shaw RA and Reece Ingram and humorous automata by Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead etc complete this personal tour.

Dame Laura Knight RA 1877 - 1970

This lecture/half study day surveys the art of one of Britain’s most prolific figure painters. Her style of painting and variety of subject matter is explored from student days in Nottingham to her powerful paintings of the Nuremberg trials of 1946. Her time in Cornwall from 1907 – 1919 is featured as the light, landscape and artists there had a powerful effect on her art. Her obsession with capturing performers both at the ballet and the circus in the 1920s and 30s is analysed along with her portraits of gypsies. Her important years as an official war artist complete this overview.

The Forbes School of Painting 1899 – 1941

In its forty two year existence over 200 artists went through the doors of the Forbes School in Newlyn. They were taught by Stanhope Forbes, whose own style and approach to painting was to influence his teaching along with his wives Elizabeth and then Maud Forbes. This lecture looks at Forbes’ work and that of some of his students, some came from as far as New Zealand for the experience, some were to become well know such as Dod and Ernest Procter and many of them were women.

Rural Realism: The Influence of Jules Bastien -Lepage on the Newlyn School artists and their International Contemporaries

For an artist who only lived for 36 years this lecture shows the global influence Bastein- Lepage and his art had in the late 19th century and for decades after his death in 1884. After surveying his paintings of rural peasants working in the fields of Damvillers, this lecture reviews the many artists influenced by him: Firstly in Britain and the Newlyn School including Henry Scott Tuke, Walter Langley, Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Fred Hall. Also the work of other British rural painters such as Sir George Clausen and Henry Le Thangue are analysed. The work of the Glasgow Boys such as Arthur Melville, Edward Walton and George Henry are also included. The lecture then includes some of the artists of the Skagen colony in Denmark and the Heidelberg group in Australia.

The Sunshine Painter -
The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke

Famous for his paintings of Cornish beaches, ships and bathing boys, this talk maps the life story and follows the development of Tuke’s artistic career from his student years at the Slade, abroad in Italy and at Laurens’ Atelier in Paris, to election as a full member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1911 culminating in his election as a Royal Academician in 1914.

Under The Open Sky -The Paintings by Newlyn and Lamorna Artists (1880 - 1940)

This is an overview of the history of the Newlyn and Lamorna schools of painting. Where the artists studied, how they met, why they came to Cornwall to paint and how they made the Cornish landscape and its people famous throughout the Uk and the world. The Museums of Cornwall and Plymouth have some of the finest examples of these artists works which illustrate this talk.

Women Artists in Cornwall 1880 - 1940

Dame Laura Knight and Dod Procter, are two well known women artists to feature in the history of Cornish art. But there were many who came before and after them, who have been forgotten often because of their more famous husbands. This talk looks at the many women artists who came from as far as New Zealand to capture Cornwall’s charms.



C. Simpson, Carn Barges, Cornwall © Lander Gallery
Photograph of the Forbes School of Painting
Photograph of Dame Laura Knight by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery
K. Jackson, Carnsew: Across the Quarry © Falmouth Art Gallery
Photograph of Henry Scott Tuke painting The embarcation  by George Beldam
Midge Bruford, Lamorna Farm © Lander Gallery
W. Langley, The Sunny South © Penlee House Gallery and Museum