Wednesday, 30 January 2013

David Kemp Exhibition 'The Tribe That Held The Sky Up'

For more than 30 years, David Kemp has lived and worked on the exposed Atlantic coast of West Cornwall - inspired by the natural landscape, and by the remains of the tin-mining industry carried out there since medieval times. Living among the ruins, he collects fragments, piecing together curious connections between past and emergent mythologies and technologies. Working in a variety of materials including timber, steel and bronze, Kemp is perhaps best known for his reconstruction sculptures. These are sometimes compared to the work of archaeologists and ethnologists, often being humorous and sometimes exhibited as spurious museum pieces. Millennium is proud to house some of these recycled beings in David Kemp's latest exhibition - 'The Tribe that Held the Sky Up'.
David Kemp was born in London, on leaving school he went to sea as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy for four years. He attended Farnham Art School and Wimbledon School of Art, and moved to West Cornwall in 1975. Kemp is a prolific artist who has exhibited widely including at Tate St Ives, the Arts Council Touring Exhibitions, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Newlyn Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum, the Royal Albert Museum, Exeter, Manchester Museum of Modern Art, Plymouth Arts Centre and in many other places. Kemp's significant involvement in Public Art begun when he was artist in residence in Grizedale Forest in Cumbria in 1981. Here he learned the important links between site and content, which he has applied to the many large scale, site-specific sculptures he has built around Britain in the last 25 years, including 'The Tinners Hounds' and 'The Murdoch Mosaics' as part of Redruth Town Regeneration Programme, a series of large sculptures at The Eden Project and many others around the country.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Kate Walters 'The Secret Worth A Thousand' at Newlyn

1st December 2012 - 9th February 2013 Based in Cornwall for the last fifteen years, this is Walters’ first major solo show in a public gallery. 'The Secret Worth A Thousand' presents paintings and drawings that explore the connections between the human and animal worlds. Deer, horses and female figures are depicted with a raw but intimate intensity in a series of paintings and drawings created especially for this exhibition. In the lower gallery there will be projected photographs, detailing the wonder of nature in Walters’s small garden, which represents a return to a medium she worked with many years ago. The exhibition title 'The Secret Worth A Thousand' refers to what the German writer and artist Goethe believed we could gain from entering into a conversation with nature. This is the first in a new programme 'Platform' devised by the gallery and NSA to create opportunities for artists to develop their practice and profile at an important stage of their career. A critical essay about Walters’ work by Professor Penny Florence has been commissioned and will be published to coincide with the show. The Juliet Gomperts Trust has generously supported the production and presentation of works in the show. Read Kate's blog of how she is preparing for the show

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Grayson Perry presenting Joy Wolfenden Brown her first prize cheque

Some great photos of The National Open Art Competition first prize winner Joy Wolfenden Brown with Neil Lawson Baker (Chairman of The National Open Art Competition), Grayson Perry and Andrew Fisher (CEO of TOWRY). Grayson Perry presented Joy Wolfenden Brown with her first prize cheque for the painting 'Lacemaker' at the Princes Drawing Rooms in Hoxton. She presented him with some home made flap jacks. Everyone's happy...

Monday, 15 October 2012

First Prize Winner - Joy Wolfenden Brown at The National Open Art Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Joy Wolfenden Brown’s painting ‘The Lacemaker’ has won the First Prize in The National Open Art Competition, 2012. Winning the £10,000 1st prize ahead of 2100 applicants, the highest number of entrants ever received for the competition. The prize will be presented by contemporary artist Grayson Perry. Joy has commented ‘I was quite overwhelmed to hear that ‘The Lacemaker’ has won first prize. I am so happy and grateful; it’s a real honour. I am also very pleased for my painting because I am very fond of it!’ Joy’s win follows on from the success of two other Millennium artists who have won in previous years - David Whittaker in 2011, and Lisa Wright in 2009. Now in its 16th year the National Open Art Competition, sponsored by Towry, is an annual open competition that attracts artists from across the UK. This year 95 works by 87 selected artists will be exhibited at The Minerva Theatre, Chichester between 11th - 21st October, it will then tour to the Prince’s Drawing School in London from 24th October – 1st November, and at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (6th - 18th November).

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Trevor Bell works to feature in latest Ridley Scott film

Two works by Trevor Bell will be featured in the upcoming Ridley Scott film 'The Counselor'. Released in November 2013 the film is written by Cormac McCarthy and will feature Michael Fassbander, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz. More information can be found here -

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Trevor Bell - Major Works at Tremenheere Sculpture Park

Two pieces by Trevor Bell Westerly and As Whites Corona have been installed at the visitor centre at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens - this recently opened attraction in West Cornwall is a fantastically contemplative and inspiring location for a visit. The gardens also house works by James Tyrell and David Nash, amongst others.

Roy Eastland in Telling Tales

Roy Eastland is included in the exhibition Telling Tales at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, running from 22nd September until 13th January 2013.


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Millennium is an independent gallery based in St Ives, Cornwall occupying three floors of exhibition space. Our aim is to provide a supportive platform for artists and present museum quality shows. The range of work on show is diverse in media and rendering, emphasis is placed on authenticity and the human search for 'why we are here' the journey taken from dark to light. Human | Nature | Human Nature.