Held in a marquee on the Harbourside car park, this exhibition was perfectly placed for the background soundtrack of lapping waves as the visitors absorbed the wonderful creative talents of the art students from Penwith College in their end of year show Tidal Memories.
Simon Hartles, Art and Design lecturer said, “The power and energy of the sea and its ever changing shapes and colours have inspired artists through many generations. What lies beneath and is out of sight from the surface can allow imaginations to flourish and creativity to bloom. Our students are encouraged to reach outside of their natural boundaries, to experiment with colour and form and to connect with their art.”
The exhibition which encompassed work from part time, full time and university level art students promised to wow visitors with the originality of ideas, depth of imaginative interpretation and creative maturity and all visitors agreed that they had managed this.
At the Private View awards were given to:
- The Martin Ockwell Art Prize was awarded to Jasmine Wilson
- The Art Society annual prize was awarded to HND student Andrea Brown by Elizabeth Le Grice. Highly commended were Isabelle Connell, Olivia Tempest. All 3 students work will submitted to the Royal Society of British Artists as part of a National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies initiative, to be considered for inclusion in its 2018 exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
- The new Geoffroi Art Prize was awarded to part-time art student Carole Barody Corcoran for her printmaking.
- Letters of Commendation were awarded to Tegan Shutt (Yr 1 National Diploma Art), Amy Trembath (Yr 2 National Diploma Art), Linda Cunningham (Access), Chantalle Schellekens (HND Art & Design)
“All of the work on show demonstrates the endless creativity within the community of Penwith and encompasses work from post 16 courses – A level and vocational art, university level study, foundation studies and Penzance School of Art part time courses.” Simon Hartles