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Lar Cann: Exhibition, Terrain
Sunday October 26, 2014
Lar Cann SWAc: Terrain
An Exhibition at Royal Cornwall Museum
27 September 2014 - 27 February 2015

The landscape we see is dependent on the geology we cannot see. Terrain features work by a potter, a ceramic sculptor, a painter and a photographer, brought together because of what they show us about the geology and minerals beneath the surface of Cornwall. This is not for decorative effect, but reveals a far more elemental relationship with the solidity of our ground.

The Royal Cornwall Museum provides the most meaningful location for the exhibition Terrain. This is the home of the Royal Institution of Cornwall and its internationally renowned collection of minerals and geological histories of the county is considered one of the finest in the world.

Terrain adds a contemporary Cornish investigation to the genre of art referencing geology, presenting a spread of beautiful art and artefacts in the very building that enables the most direct visual research.

Esther Dudley, Curator


Open Exhibition 2014
Monday September 15, 2014
SWAc Open Exhibition 2014
September 23rd-27th 10am - 6pm
St. Stephens Church, High Street, Exeter EX4 3LN

In a striking departure the South West Academy has moved its annual Open Show to the centre of Exeter High Street, staging this popular and prestigious exhibition in the newly renovated St Stephens Church. This spacious and beautifully lit space is ideal for displaying the work chosen from the record number of entries this year from all over the South West Region.

Over two hundred paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and other examples of the applied arts have been selected for display. These will be complemented by some outstanding examples of their current work by the Academicians and the Guest Artists, sculptor and printmaker Peter Randall-Page and potter Tessa Rubbra.

Guest Artists
Tessa studied ceramics at the Central School in London. In the late seventies she founded Speen Pottery in Buckinghamshire and immediately her reputation as a potter producing finely thrown tableware was established. There are four aspects that neatly combine in Tessa's work. Her skill as a thrower that gives strength to the profile of the form, the rich glazes and harmonic colour that relate to the considered design, adopting the paper resist technique, and the insistence that the finished work has a practical use.

Ceramics by Tessa Rubbra

During the past 25 years Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.

Lithographs by Peter Randall Page

Awards and Prizes
This is the Fifteenth Open Exhibition that the Academy has staged in Exeter. Over the years much critical acclaim has been accrued for the quality and breadth of work displayed. As in past years a panel of Academicians and guests will choose from amongst the public entries the three winners of the Lionel Aggett Memorial Award who will receive cash prizes sponsored by the Academy, as will the winner of the work given the most votes by visitors to the exhibition.

Young Artists
Nothing is more exciting in the visual arts than the emergence of new and exciting talent and this will be the second year that the Academy's Young Artists Award will be combined with the Open. The winners of each age category and their schools will receive Academy sponsored prizes.

Gallery Talk
Titled ‘An Artist trying to Work Things Out' Academician Tony Williams SWAc will deliver the Open Gallery Talk at 6pm on Wednesday 24th September at the Exhibition.Tony, who lives and works in rural Devon, is an established and successful figurative painter working in a modern impressionist style of landscapes and seascapes mainly in oils. He is also well known for his skilled teaching methods. His paintings are held widely in private collections across the UK and Europe and are exhibited at the Steam Gallery at Beer, at Fisherton Mill in Salisbury, The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, Gloss Art in Exeter, The West Gallery and across the Region. He has had many demonstration feature articles published in The Artist and International Artist magazines.

Exhibition: Alan Cotton
Monday August 11, 2014
Alan Cotton SWAc
Exhibition: Messum's Fine Art
8, Cork Street, London W1S 3LJ
10th - 27th September 2014
Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Alan's first meeting with David Messum and the subsequent close association that he has had with Messum's Fine Art over three decades. Alan and David agreed, that to mark this year, Alan would re-visit, through his paintings, all the areas where he has worked for his many exhibitions with the Gallery. So Alan has been back to Piemonte, Venice, Provence, Ireland and Hartland in North Devon and searched out drawings for new work of Cyprus, Morocco, Tibet and Tuscany, to produce a varied and exciting show of over sixty paintings from all of these countries.

Alan will be in the gallery on the opening day and will be signing books of this exhibition and the two publications about his life and work. "Alan Cotton – On A Knife Edge" and "Alan Cotton – Giving life a Shape". Both books written by Jenny Pery and published by Halsgrove.

For further details visit www.messums.com or www.alancotton.co.uk

Exhibition: Vin Jelly
Tuesday July 29, 2014
Vin Jelly SWAc
Exhibition: A Modern Crucifixion and other paintings
the Bishop's Palace, Wells

A new exhibition of paintings by Crediton based artist Vin Jelly opens on the 25th July at the Bishop's Palace in Wells (where Hot Fuzz was filmed!). Jelly is well known for contemporary surreal landscapes and this exhibition features several, but also includes some new directions. Anyone familiar with Jelly's surreal work will recall fragments of architecture or furnishings positioned amongst lush landscapes, suggesting buildings or histories of past existences.

Religious art provided the foundation for much western art and is a fascinating source of inspiration. The Bishop's Palace is a perfect first venue for the large piece A Modern Crucifixion. There will also be a fragmented Madonna and child (just completed) in the exhibition.

Vin Jelly lives and works in Crediton and its surroundings. He is an honorary member of the SWAc and has work in collections in Britain and overseas.

The exhibition runs until the 14th September. Admission charges apply. Visitors should check opening arrangements before travelling because the palace hosts other events occasionally causing limited access.


Vin Jelly SWAc with Fragmented Madonna and Child

Exhibition: Lar Cann
Monday June 2, 2014
Lar Cann SWAc
Exhibition: Of Granite, Killas And Lodes
Artmill Gallery, June 5th - July 5th
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

Lar Cann is engaged with the impact of Cornwall's landscape brought about by the extraction of granite, copper and tin. This intervention has revealed an otherwise hidden world of mineral wealth unrivalled in its beauty of colour and form and is a continuing source of investigation in his painting. In this he brings a contemporary edge to the long-established Cornish School's exploration of landscape as social history.

The Artmill Gallery and Framing Centre
83 Hyde Park Road
Plymouth PL3 4JN


Lar Cann: De Lank XV - Two Setts and Prussian Blue

Exhibition: Laura Hudson
Thursday May 29, 2014
Laura Hudson SWAc
Exhibition: Passing Through
The Plough Art Centre, 17 - 28 June 2014

Drawing is the starting point for a new body of work by Laura Hudson. Landscapes of a sort, these evocations in paint are inspired by the land from North Devon to the Cornish coast.

At the The Plough Arts Center 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ
Tel: 01805 624624

For more information visit laurahudson.co.uk.

Painting by Laura Hudson

Ken Howard: Illustrated Talk
Tuesday April 29, 2014
Ken Howard OBE RA Hon. SWAc
Illustrated Talk
Saturday May 3 at 6pm

Prof. Ken Howard's illustrated talk entitled From Belfast to Sennen Cove will be held at Kennaway House on Saturday 3 May at 6pm. Tickets at £10 per person (to include a glass of wine) available only in advance from the Kennaway Office at 01395 515551.

Ken Howard was born in London. He studied at the Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1958 he won a British Council Scholarship to Florence. He spent his National Service in the Royal Marines (1953-55). In 1973 and 1978 he was the Official War Artist to Northern Ireland, and 1973-80 worked in various locations, including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Canada with the British Army. In 1983 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA). In 1998 he became President of the New English Art Club, a post he held until 2003. In 1991 he was elected a Royal Academician (RA).

Painting by Ken Howard RA hon SWAc

Academicians Show: Gallery Talk 2014
Thursday April 17, 2014
Gallery Talk by Colin Allbrook RI, RSMA, SEA, SWAc
Academicians Exhibition 2014
6pm, Wednesday 28th May, 2014

In this year's Gallery Talk at the Academicians Exhibition, academician Colin Allbrook will give a presentation focusing on his development of technique and subject matter. The widely admired and accomplished painter will also take the audience through the landmarks of his distinguished career and future directions. The talk will be given in the Cathedral room at the Royal Clarence Hotel.

Tickets are available from Penny Keen at 07784 434791 or by email:


Drecki Lecture 2014
Monday April 14, 2014
Drecki Lecture 2014
An Artist's View
presented by Ray Balkwill, SWAc

This year Academician Ray Balkwill will give the Drecki lecture. Ray was born in Exeter and trained at Exeter College of Art and is a popular author, teacher and painter. He is a strong advocate of painting en plein air and is passionate about his native county - in particular his beloved Exe Estuary. The illustrated talk covers nearly three decades in Fine Art and provides a fascinating glimpse into the artist's personal as well physical relationship with the place. He also reflects on his return to college and his travels further afield in the search for new ideas and inspiration.

This year the Drecki Lecture will be held in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter in association with The Friends of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery.

Wednesday November 26, 6:00 for 6:30pm
£7.50 to include a drinks reception
Tickets available from October 14 from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Academicians Exhibition 2014
Monday March 24, 2014
Academicians Exhibition 2014
including the launch of the new book
The South West Academy: Art, People, Place.
Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th May 10-6pm

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Academicians Exhibition will take place in the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, in their Cathedral Room, overlooking the cathedral green.

The work of the Academy's remarkable members is brought together in annual event which is now a firmly established part of our region's cultural calendar. This year's show will feature a first look at the Academy's new publication The South West Academy: Art, People, Place.

Please click here for a map.

Tribute to Michael Morgan
Sunday February 9, 2014
Michael Morgan RI SWAc
A Tribute

We were all sad to hear of the death of one of our founding members, Michael Morgan. The funeral will take place on Thursday 13th February at 1pm. It will be at the new East Devon Crematorium, (not the Exeter one). Directions are given on their website.

Below is a tribute to Michael written by Alan Cotton:

I first met Michael at an exhibition of his paintings at the Gordon Hepworth Gallery in Newton St Cyres. We talked much about his work and met shortly afterwards for a meal - the first of many. Gradually we became friends and this friendship developed when we came together as founding members of the South West Academy. As one might imagine, in setting up such an organisation, with far-reaching ambitions, there was much to do. Apart from his work as an artist, Michael had so many talents. When formulating the rules, and applying for Charity Status for our Academy, his knowledge of organisations and procedures was awesome. Yes, he was a pedant and his attention to detail was extreme, but alongside this, his impish sense of humour illuminated all our conversations. This humour surfaced on many occasions. At a crowded Private View, when looking at the work of a well established artist, he would say mischievously, "Rather a good painting that. Had you thought of taking it up professionally?" This was said with such a twinkle in his eye that I'm sure no one was ever offended. I know I wasn't when he said it to me... many times.

Michael had a distinguished career as a painter, after a very successful life in education, culminating as Principal of the Froebel Institute at Roehampton and as a founding Trustee of the American University in London. As an artist, Michael was largely self taught, but writes that he was inspired by the artist John Blockley and the art historian, Ernst Gombrich. He developed a very individual approach to watercolour painting and was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, which meant a great deal to him. Talking about his paintings Michael said

"I like to think that the images I paint tell their own story for the viewer to unravel. Like Gustav Klimt, I believe that anyone who wants to find out about me - as an artist, which is all that is of interest, should look attentively at my paintings."

In the late 1990's Michael met Mike and Rosemary Lambert, who were just about to open a new gallery, The Marine House at Beer. They exhibited his paintings and formed a close working relationship with him and a firm friendship with Michael and his wife Jill. He had a long series of successful exhibitions there, establishing a large following of purchasers and friends. The gallery continues to sell his paintings, prints, and books about his life and work. The most recent, both published by Halsgrove, were "The Paintings of Michael Morgan RI (2004) and "80 @ 80 - The Paintings of Michael Morgan" (2008).

Mike and Rosemary write, "Hearing of his death ends 17 years of close friendship which developed between Michael, his wife Jill, and us. There are many good times to reflect on: his bemusement on first meeting in 1997 and being invited to exhibit at the shortly to be opened Marine House at Beer gallery in out of the way Beer; convivial lunches in a little Japanese restaurant in Dorset; enlisting his expert guidance in selecting the John Blockley prize at the RI; enjoying sharing his pride in his wonderful garden; his frequent visits to the gallery so pleasurable for all the staff; the exciting process of selecting and evaluating new paintings for his solo shows; his introduction of new artists to the gallery. These are just a few of the host of pleasurable events and time spent with Michael and Jill which will always remain in our memory."

I can echo what Mike and Rosemary Lambert say about his generosity towards other artists, including myself. He rejoiced as I do in the success of others and gave unstintingly of his time and energy to arts organisations. He was President of the Honiton Art Society, Patron of the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show and a stalwart of our Academy. Throughout our friendship together, we have enjoyed so many happy times, infused with humour and purpose. I will always have a huge affection for him, value the time we spent together and I, with his many friends and colleagues, will miss him greatly.

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