Every year we hold a wide ranging and fascinating programme of lectures, visits workshops and social events. Our members, many of whom are artists and craftspeople themselves, are interested in all the decorative and fine arts including painting, music, literature, furniture, mosaics, and architecture. We try and ensure that the programme has something of interest to everyone and with such a committed and enthusiastic membership there’s always something new and exciting going on!
Here in West Cornwall, we’re a relatively new society founded in 2011 and our membership is nearly full at present. If you’d like to become a member, click here for further information.
We still remain one of over 300 member societies of the new The Arts Society formerly NADFAS – the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.If you would like to see more about the change of name, please click here
The Arts Society West Cornwall – Annual Award for Emerging Artists
A sculpture symbolising reflections and connections with nature has won a mother of two teenage sons the Arts Society annual award for emerging artists. Mature student Ang Brown’s interpretation of the Tree of Life, using oak, perspex and mirrored glass, ‘spoke’ to the judges at the Penwith College art and design exhibition in Penzance. The judges said Ang’s work had “an original voice that we can relate to” thus taking the prize which is also awarded for technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision. The exhibition, Tidal Memories, took place during Penzance’s Golowan Festival in June.
More details to follow in Arts Buzz in September
Our next lecture after the summer break will be held 7.30pm Thursday 14th September, in the Zennor building, Penwith College, Penzance.
Indians, Buffalo and Storms – the American West in 19th– Century Art
Artists were not far behind the explorers who opened up the west of America in the 19th century. Sometimes they painted what they saw, sometimes they painted what they wished they saw. Artists like Alfred Miller and Frederick Church have left us a powerful, if romanticised, record of history.