The 2014 Porthleven exhibition, entitled Porthleven: A Peripatetic Encounter is coming to Sion Hill Gallery this month.
The exhibition presents the work of five art students, awarded a fully-funded artist residency in Porthleven, by the Bath Spa Porthleven Prize.
The prize, now in its second year, is an opportunity for Bath Spa students to take part in a fully-funded ten day residency based in a Cornish Studio in Porthleven, with travel, accommodation and other expenses included. The students work there together, to produce a body of collaborative work in any discipline including performance and text, as well as visual art.
Since completing the residency, the five students have been working hard, and the resulting work has been exhibited at the O3 Gallery, before coming to the Sion Hill Gallery.
Referencing the notion of travelling from place to place and staying for relatively short periods, and taking their inspiration from the physical act of walking the landscape, the participating students have skillfully woven together all aspects of their Porthleven experience to produce a contemporary creative vision of this special location.
Commenting on her residency experience and the forthcoming exhibition, BA (Hons) Fine Art student Emily Furnell said: I feel incredibly privileged to have been selected for what has been an exciting experience that has broadened my awareness of how sculptural practice can function in the wider world.
It is easy to see why Porthleven is such an attractive environment for artists, where its tightly knitted community is coupled with historical and geographical features that resound with provenance and stimulate curiosity. Through collaborating with others, I have not only experienced new ways of approaching my own work, but have forged relationships with people that I hope to continue working alongside in the future.
Helen Statham, Director of the O3 Gallery, added:
This is such an invaluable experience for the students. Interdisciplinary collaborative practice is so important to artists working today and we see a fine example what exciting results can be created through the work of these students. Although all from arts backgrounds, they each introduce their own diverse working processes and media to the group. This exciting exhibition, portraying Cornwall as people have never seen it before.
The Porthleven prize is funded by the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust in association with Bath Spa University and aims to give students opportunity to gain professional artistic experience and promote their own work and practice to commercial galleries and prospective clients. A call for applications to the 2015 prize will be coming later this month, so keep an eye out for this fantastic opportunity.
Private View: Wednesday 12 November, 6 – 8pm | Exhibition continues: 12 -20 November | Sion Hill Gallery, Bath School of Art & Design