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Works by Lar Cann Acquired by Sheffield University
Friday November 29, 2013
One of the leading universities of the Russell Group, the University of Sheffield, has recently procured three paintings from academician Lar Cann to add to its Heritage Collections. These works have been taken into an already extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and ceramics, amongst a much wider collection of artefact of scientific and scholarly significance amassed over the past one hundred or more years.

The University of Sheffield Heritage Collections comprise paintings, sculpture, ceramics, decorative textiles, maps, medals, memorabilia, scientific instruments and silver as well as some specimen collections such as the Alfred Denny Zoology Museum and the Turner Museum of Glass.

Photograph © Dr Lynne Fox

The two museum collections were created by university academics for specific learning purposes. Students in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences still use Alfred Denny's specimens of species from all over the world, collected from the 1900s onwards, in their studies and the location of WES Turner's superb collection of artistic glass objects in an area used as a cafe and meeting space in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering fulfils his wish that those employed in the technical research of engineering materials should be surrounded by the potential of their medium for beauty and creativity. Both museums are open to the public.

Photograph © Dr Lynne Fox

The other objects are the result of donations, gifts and purchases over the years since the creation of the university in 1905. Almost all the paintings, textiles and sculpture in the collections are on display throughout the university campus to foster a pleasurable and creative environment in which students and staff can work. The university also supports and encourages artistic creativity though purchases, commissions and exhibitions.

Dr Lynne Fox, University Heritage Officer, University of Sheffield

Further information about the collections can be found here:



Alan Cotton - Studio Exhibition
Wednesday October 30, 2013
Alan Cotton - Studio Exhibition
Open for Four Days:
Saturday 30th November to Tuesday 3rd December
10am to 5pm Daily

Opening by Judi Spiers at 11am on Saturday

This will be the first Westcountry exhibition of Alan's paintings of Everest following his expedition to Tibet and Mount Everest, as expedition artist, with the explorer David Hempleman-Adams. After his exhibition of Everest paintings at Messum's Fine Art in London in September 2012, Alan continues the theme with new paintings of the world's highest mountain, for this Studio Exhibition in Colaton Raleigh.

There will also be paintings from Hartland, Venice, Provence, Piemonte and the West Coast of Ireland.

Hidden In Plain Sight/Lar Cann
Wednesday October 30, 2013
Hidden In Plain Sight: British Abstraction from the Collection
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
26 October 2013 - 11 January 2014
Admission Free

Currently showing in the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and running until 11th January 2014 is an exhibition highlighting key painting and sculpture from the gallery's permanent collection, many of which have not been displayed for a number of years.

Curated by Adam Milford, Learning Officer responsible for Site Interpretation, it includes work from several of the leading artists of the St Ives School such as Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter, Alexander Mackenzie and John Wells. Barbara Hepworth is represented with a number of pieces on loan from her estate. Strength in depth comes with sculpture from Devonians Margaret Lovell, of the Royal West of England Society, Peter Tysoe and Peter Thursby.

Prominent in the show is Devon-born Justin Knowles, who has work held by both the Tate and Arts Council, amongst several other public collections, and the 1991 Turner Prize nominee Ian Davenport.

South West Academician Lar Cann is pleased to see his work White - Brown Advancing - White of 1967, has been included with this illustrious company. "It was my first sale of note after leaving art school, and marked an important start to my career."

Alex Cummings was curator at the City Art Gallery during the 60s and 70s and fostered close ties with the Penwith Society, St Ives; he is to be credited for acquiring this important aspect of the collection.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Website

Photograph © reproduced by kind permission of PCMAG.

South West Academy Open Exhibition
Monday October 21, 2013
South West Academy Open Exhibition 2013

Lionel Aggett Memorial Award
Prize Winners
First prize - Phillip Booth, Coded Erratic
Second Prize - Eilean Eland, Ice Age Matron 2
Third Prize - Gregory Mason, Overhead

Gallery Prize
Brian Brusselle, Dartmoor Towards Black Head

Highly Commended
Meg McCarthy, Scattered
Jess Davies, Sky View Farm
Brian Brusselle, Dartmoor Towards Peter Tavy
Charles Turner, Blue Boat At Topsham, Storm Clouds Over Powderham
John Sellings, Ursula Drawing on the Wall
Liz Cleves, House On The Hill - Budleigh Salterton
Jane Leitch, Vicarage Hill
Jim Dean, Into The Distance
David Lawrence, Old Time Circus
Anna Grayson Clark, An Allegory Of Modern Marriage

Young Artists Award 2013
The South West Academy's annual Open Show was much enhanced this year by the prize giving for the Young Artists Award, alongside the traditional ceremony for the winners of the Lionel Aggett Memorial Award.

After being extensively trailed last year it is with great pleasure that we have restored the young artists' section to the yearly calendar of The South West Academy. The Academy is now concentrating upon the age range of 16 - 19, the age when young artists are at the end of their art education in schools and preparing to enter University or College of Art and Design to study art full-time.

We received well over one hundred entries to The Young Artists Award this year from Independent, Academy and Local Authority Secondary Schools and Colleges.

The work included ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, digital media, photography and painting. The Selection Committee identified ten Highly Commended pieces of work from this wide range. All ten can be found on the Young Artists Page.

This year the first prize went to Kingsbridge Community College, second prize to Stover School and third to Coombeshead Academy. These works are on full display at the Open Exhibition.

We were pleased that all the schools were able to attend at Gloss Gallery where the individual schools and artists were awarded cheques up to the value of £150 or £100 respectively. This year's winning young artist has informed us that she plans to use the award to fund new photographic equipment for her forthcoming University Art degree course. We are very pleased to be able to contribute, in a small way, to a future career in the Arts.

Restored as an annual event the Academy is planning for the the Young Artists Award again in 2014, with a desire to include even more schools and colleges across the South West, so do look out for further information on the website.

Art for Life Auction
Tuesday September 24, 2013
Art for Life Auction
Childrens' Hospice South West Academy Event

More than forty academicians of the South West Academy donated work to raise money for the children's Hospice South West. A total of £20,510 was raised.

The photo below was taken outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter. Left to right: Peter Mallison SWAc, Emma Perry (CHSS), Eddie Farwell (Co-founder and Chief Executive, CHSS), Alan Cotton, (SWAc; Patron: Art for Life) and Alison Summerfield (Sponsorship Organizer for the Auction)

Drecki Lecture 2013
Saturday September 21, 2013
an illustrated talk by the award winning author and artist
19th October 2013 6.15 for 7.00pm

Book now for the Drecki Lecture 2013 and listen to the fascinating True Art Stories as told by award winning artist and author Laurence Anholt. This illustrated talk will take place in the exciting surroundings of the Exeter auctioneers Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood. Items for a forthcoming auction of antiquities will be on display. Come and join us at 7.00pm for a glass of wine and a canapé.

Tickets are £8 (to include refreshments) and are available from Penny Keen at 07784 434791 or email: admin@southwestacademy.org.uk. Early booking advisable. Limited parking available. Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood Auctioneers, St. Edmund's Court, Okehampton Street, Exeter EX14 1DU.

SWAc 2013 Open Exhibition
Monday July 16, 2013

The Academy's major annual Open Exhibition will run from October 5th to November 2nd, 2013 at Gloss Gallery.

SWAc 2013 Open Exhibition
Wednesday July 17, 2013
2013 South West Academy Open Show:

The Academy's major annual Open Exhibition will run from October 5th to November 2nd, 2013. Artists wishing to submit work for consideration should download and read all the following documents:

Call For Entries

Conditions of Entry

Form A (entry by email)

Form B (postal entry)

Alan Cotton: Art for Life Auction
Wednesday July 17, 2013
Art For Life Auction
Auction of Artworks to support the Children's Hospice

The event that was staged at the Royal Clarence on Saturday 11th May 2013, was a tremendous success and as a result we were able to raise a large sum for Children's Hospice. Thank to those academicians and others who donated a piece of art work to the auction, where every single item was sold. The room was full to capacity, many people standing at the back with a great atmosphere as the auction (conducted by Robin Barlow) got under way. We are still jubilant about the whole event, and we will be able to donate a very substantial cheque to this great cause.

Painting by Ken Howard RA hon SWAc

Phil Creek: Young Artists Exhibition and Awards
Wednesday June 12, 2013
Young Artists Exhibition and Awards

During the summer term 2013 the Academy is running a new art event for artists aged from 16-19.

We are asking young artists from years 11-13 in both schools and colleges in the South West to submit their work in art and design to the Academy for an exhibition in October 2013. The ten young artists, who show particular promise in art and design, including painting, printmaking, ceramics or sculpture will have their work placed on a dedicated page for Young Artists on the SWAc website from September 2013.

From this group of ten the Academy will award three top prizes of art materials to the value of £100, £50 and £25. A scrutiny panel of SWAc Academicians will select the top three Young Artists and one piece of work, from each of the young people, will be exhibited at The Gloss Gallery, Exeter as part of the Annual SWAc Open Exhibition.

Interested students should email a maximum of three images (in jpeg format) of up to a maximum of three un-aided works of art to swacyoungartists@gmail.com by the closing date: 30th June 2013.

The ten selected, most promising young artists, will be informed by July 31st 2013. The top three awards will be announced in September and the awards will be presented at The SWAc Open Exhibition on 4th October 2013 at The Gloss Gallery, Exeter.

Annual Academicians' Exhibition
Friday May 10, 2013
2013 Academicians Exhibition
18 May - 8th June 2013
Wed-Thurs: 9.30-5:30
Fri-Sat: 9:30-6:00
Gloss Gallery, Exeter. Click here for map.

The work of the Academicians gathered together in the prestigious galleries of Gloss Art for the annual show that has achieved recognition as a major event in the South West Region's art calendar. View and purchase work in all media including entries from the newly elected Academicians for 2013.

Exhibition: The Lens and the Easel
Thursday March 21, 2013
The Lens and the Easel
Portraits of the Artists of the South West Academy by Michael Carter
17th - 26 April 2013
The Gallery at the Ariel Center. Click here for map
Monday-Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday 9:30am to 12:00pm

Although traditionally centred around Exeter, the South West Academy's current active domain covers a large amount of map and a wider range of talent. Its membership is distributed over four of England's South West counties, and with Honorary members in London and the South East it has the widest spread of artist Academicians outside Bristol's Royal West Academy and London's R.A.

So when SWAc photographer Michael Carter outlined a project to make classic black-and-white photographic portraits of all members in or around their studios, he knew it would take both time and miles. His exhibition The Lens and the Easel is his complete collection of SWAc faces - thirty-six distinctive and original artists working in all media scrutinized by the lens.

A personal textual record of each of his visits is also presented alongside the portraits, giving his impressions of the artists and some observations and insights into their work. But The Lens and the Easel offers more than words and faces: the artists have paired their portraits with their own selected artworks, so visitors will now be able to see both the art and artist in one glance, and also the place where the art was made.

'Artists are normally only known by their work,' says Michael Carter. 'But in this show at the Ariel Centre Gallery the visitors get both. They'll see the face in the studio, and they'll also see next to it an artwork that has been created in the studio where the face has lurked. Under one roof they'll have the whole of the South West Academy. So I think people will find there's something satisfyingly complete about this exhibition.'

Charlie O'Sullivan in her Studio

Art For Life Auction
Monday January 21, 2013
Art For Life Auction
To raise money for Children's Hospice South West
Royal Clarence Hotel, Saturday 11th May 2013, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Auctioneer: Robin Barlow DL FRICS ASFAV

A substantial number of paintings by South West Academicians have already been donated for auction to raise money for the Children's Hospice in North Devon. Alan Cotton has recently formed a committee of Academicians and willing helpers to organize the event. Donated paintings plus a selected number of paintings by invited guest artists will be auctioned in the upper rooms of the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Close, Exeter on May 11th.

All the paintings will be reproduced together with a short biography in a full colour catalogue and sent out via a number of mailing lists. Speedprint acting as one of the sponsors will print the catalogue and all paintings need to be photographed by the end of February together with the 100 word biographies. Thirty-five members have already generously donated art works to raise funds for the continuing work of the hospice and other members of the Academy who are interesting in donating a painting can contact Alan by email: alancotton1@btinternet.com or by phone on: 01395 568601.

Each painting will be displayed on the Art for Life Events Website well before the auction and information about the auction will be included in the Children's Hospice South West Newsletter. There will be further publicity across the media including radio Devon. Sponsors are currently being contacted and anyone interested in sponsorship can contact Alan or Alison Summerfield on 07770 941062 or at alisonsummerfield@hotmail.co.uk.

The first Children's Hospice to be set up in the South West for the care of children with limited life expectancy was Little Bridge House Nr Barnstaple. In addition to caring for the children the hospice also provides accommodation for parents and siblings to enable the whole family to be together for precious periods of time. Now, thanks to continued fund raising, there are two more Children's Hospices in the Westcountry; Charlton Farm Nr. Bristol and Little Harbour, St Austell, Cornwall, all doing tremendous work with no government funding.

Alan Cotton Patron: Art for Life

Martin Dutton: Exhibition
Thursday January 17, 2013
Parallel Themes: Exhibition of Paintings
Mezzanine Gallery: 28th January - 15th April 2013

The exhibition brings together four inter-related themes that Martin has been working on in recent years: Intuitive abstraction, in-situ landscape painting, Dartmoor and landscape.

The exhibition runs from 28th January to 15th April at the Mezzanine Gallery, Theatre Royal, Plymouth. There will be a Launch Party on Tuesday February 12. Martin will be talking about his work from 5:30 to 6:30pm followed by drinks. Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew will open at the Theatre Royal on the same night.