Penwith Gallery Re-Launch
Over 500 people attended the private view of the Spring Exhibition at the Penwith Gallery in St. Ives on Friday 21st March. After 2 months of major refurbishment work and the exciting discovery of historically important artworks, the Penwith Gallery reopened its doors for its private view and re-launch. The newly refurbished space now includes a new studio gallery, sculpture garden and café, resuming the gallery’s past role as a community hub. The widely acclaimed Tate St. Ives artist-in-residence Linder Sterling re-opened the revamped Penwith Gallery.
Linder said: “The Penwith Gallery is a dream of a space. Its impeccable art historical pedigree, from 1961 onwards, as the home of the Penwith Society with Hepworth, Leach and Nicholson at the helm, has created an international legacy.
The Penwith Gallery Re-Launch is now poised to propel that legacy into the twenty-first century, keeping the vitality of the vision of the Modernists intact, whilst championing contemporary St. Ives artists and international guests in their forthcoming exhibition programme.” The spring exhibition showcases the works of members and associates. Included in this show are a number of guest artists selected by the full members. There is also a special retrospective of the work of former member and chairman of the Penwith Society of Arts Roy Walker, including BBC archive footage of him in his studio.
The Penwith Gallery was founded by the colourful and internationally famous modernists wanting to break free from the traditional St. Ives Society of Artists.
After originally exhibiting above a pub on Fore Street, in 1961 the Penwith Gallery converted a sail loft and pilchard packing works into the existing complex of gallery space, print workshop, studios and cottages. The Penwith Gallery continues to be a successful group of 50 painters, printmakers, sculptors and ceramicists and the Back Road West gallery is second biggest in the town, after the Tate.
An exciting programme of monthly at the Penwith Gallery changing exhibitions will follow throughout the year.
visit Penwith Gallery website: http://www.penwithgallery.com