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Exhibitions and Events related to Newlyn and Lamorna Artists



If you are in the Bristol area in the next few weeks, you might like to visit the Royal West of England Academy exhibition "Earth: Digging deep in British art 1781 - 2022", which is on until 11th September. Lamorna Society member, Michael Porter, is exhibiting there, in the company of other artists including Laura Knight and Lamorna Birch.







Laura Knight 'Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-ring' 1943
Laura Knight 'Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-ring' 1943

MK Gallery Milton Keynes. MK9 3QA

Saturday 9 October 2021 - Sunday 20 February 2022


This major retrospective exhibition celebrates one of the most popular English artists of the twentieth century, a pioneering painter of performers, war and marginalised communities with a long and successful career that saw her break conventions and achieve many firsts for female artists.

Laura Knight: A Panoramic View presents an in-depth look at Knight’s career, bringing together over 160 works from public and private collections, including iconic works as well as rarely seen paintings and graphic works as well as designs for ceramics, jewellery and costume.

This highly anticipated exhibition surveys Knight’s career spanning almost a century – from her fascination with the backstage world of ballet and theatre and portraits of people’s everyday lives, to depictions of marginalised communities and racial segregation in America. Powerful commissions created as an official war artist during the Second World War will also be on display.

A rare opportunity to see the largest exhibition of Dame Laura Knight in over 50 years at MK Gallery. 

Supported by a Research Continuity Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. This project was made possible with Art Fund support.

Organised in co-operation with Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, part of a year of celebration of Laura Knight’s work including two exhibitions, each taking a separate focus on her career.


Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947), Gala Day at Newlyn, Cornwall.
Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947), Gala Day at Newlyn, Cornwall.

Penlee Gallery & Museum, Penzance TR18 4HE

 25 September 2021- 8 January 2022

Discovering Anchor Studio: an artists’ haven in Newlyn will be on display at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance.





This autumn Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance will be staging an exhibition to celebrate the history of Anchor Studio in Newlyn. It was built especially for Stanhope Forbes (1857 – 1947), the leading figure of the Newlyn School, who used it for sixty years. When his famous School of Painting was in operation, generations of artists knew it as Forbes’ central teaching studio.

After Forbes’s death in 1947 it was bought by John Wells (1907 – 2000), one of the principal St Ives Modernists, who had spent the war years as a GP on the Isles of Scilly. He preferred to live and work in Newlyn and he named the studio after an old iron anchor he found in its overgrown garden. When Wells died in 2000 he bequeathed Anchor studio and the nearby studios in Trewarveneth Street, to the Borlase Smart Trust: it was then re-named the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust.

The exhibition will feature paintings by Stanhope Forbes and John Wells – two artists whose work spans 120 years, from the early Newlyn School to mid-twentieth century modernism. In addition, the exhibition includes works by fellow artists such as Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Christopher Wood and Bryan Wynter, which give context to the way art changed during this period. Also included are archives and photographs, as well as a record of work-in-progress throughout the meticulous renovation project led by Conservation Architect Rolfe Kentish.


Anchor Studio is Grade II* listed in recognition of its unique place at the heart of Newlyn since the 1880s. By 2002, the little building was in need of renovation and the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust first undertook some urgent repairs before setting about raising funds for a full-scale conservation and renovation project. Work began in 2020 and completed in March 2021. The Trust will let Anchor to practising artists, as they do all their studios, their aim being to keep the great tradition of art in Newlyn strong by giving fresh opportunities to people who want to work here in Cornwall.


Jackson Foundation, St Just. TR19 7LB

August 28 2021- February 2022

KURT JACKSON: Kenidjack  A Cornish Valley

 It may be only just over 2 miles by half a mile but for a small area this watercourse and her valley encompasses some of the most iconic landscape, wildlife and heritage sites Cornwall can offer.


St Just is the most westerly town in Britain, it is on the edge, faraway, ‘isolated’; archetypically Cornish and distinct in its identity, geography and heritage. It has two valleys, one on either side: Cot and Kenidjack; Cot is the tamer of the two, Kenidjack is the wilder and less accessible.

In 2017, Kurt Jackson showed with great acclaim a body of work based on Cot Valley, now it is the turn for Kenidjack.


Although he has painted this valley on and off for over 30 years; this time he chose to focus on the valley with fresh eyes, spending over three years to really explore, re-engage and immerse himself through the seasons from top to tail of this extraordinary watercourse.


Now this ‘almost-most’ westerly valley is seen buried beneath rare snows, vanishing into twilight, in spate, sunset, rainfall and scorched by the summer’s heat. A beautiful place whatever the season. Captured and celebrated by Kurt Jackson.


Lockdown made us look anew at our local areas. We could exercise but only as far as ‘around the block’; we saw our own localities with fresh eyes, special in their own right and given the chance they revealed their natural wonders to us. For Kurt Jackson in far West Cornwall, around the block meant a walk into and along Kenidjack Valley, tracing the stream down to the sea and then up and along the cliffs and home.


Kenidjack is one of those special places that needs no real detailed analysis for it to be seen as a powerful location-spilling over with its natural treasures and dramatic topography. It wears its past on its sleeve, blatantly displaying her heritage and signs of past enterprises and providing a home to a plethora of wildlife. It can be brooding, dark or floodlit and basking, extremes that come with the geographical and topographical setting.


Jackson Foundation, St Just TR19 7LB

19 March - 14 August 2021

Kurt Jackson: Wheat from plough to plate


The Jackson Foundation is open. No booking required, however if there is more than 10 people in the gallery when you arrive, we do ask you to wait or return a little later. Please contact us to ensure we are open before making a special journey to visit us.



For many years the building that houses the Jackson Foundation was part of Warrens Bakery. It was here that their lorries were serviced, repaired and maintained.

In this exhibition, Kurt Jackson traces the journey of a staple crop - wheat - from ‘field to fork’ in media spanning paint, sculpture, poetry and film.


Online at  www.jacksonfoundationgallery.com/wheat


19 March 14 August 2021

Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE: Echoes of a Vanished World


An explorer and a founder of Survival International, Robin Hanbury-Tenison is a natural born storyteller, as such, his images speak directly to us in a voice that is fresh and clear. This exhibition is a collection of his photographs from the 1950’s-1970’s.

There is nothing self-conscious or patronising here. Instead, there is a deep admiration, a sense of wonder, respect and desire to share what he sees with a world that has grown increasingly out of touch with the things that really matter.


Online at  www.jacksonfoundationgallery.com/echoes


Echoes of a Vanished World is presented in partnership with Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights.


Newlyn Art School

The Old Board School, Newlyn. TR18 5AW

Opening 12 April 2021 + new Modern Portrait Online Course


Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

Open Wednesday -Saturday 10.00-17.00 ( walk in or book in advance)

For more than 125 years, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange has been bringing the best in contemporary art. Together the galleries present contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a supporting programme of events. Throughout the lockdown period, we worked hard to build relationships with the more isolated parts of our community both on and offline.


19 May 2021 - 16 April 2022 

The Picture Room 2021


19 May - 3 July 2021

Kerry Harding: Seaside:Photographed


19 May - 17 July 2021

Jode Pankhurst: A Stage


24 July - 4 September 2021

Kitty Hillier: Facing the Sun



24 July - 16 October 2021

Shelley Anderson: Paintings and Sculptural Work


24 July - 16 October 2021

Group Exhibition: In Your Hands


8 September - 30 October 2021

Sarah Woods:  Collection of etchings of a study of coastline around Newlyn


2 October 2021 - 8 January 2022

Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition: Seen


Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth TR11 2RT

The Gallery has an outstanding collection of over 2,000 artworks that range from Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionists paintings to contemporary prints, photography and a children's illustration archive.

The Gallery has recently become custodians of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Tuke collection. The Tuke collection is believed to be unique. These works will be made available at a local, national and international level.

Open Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00 and Saturday 10.00-13.00. Operating a booking system for free tickets to limit the numbers in the gallery space.


21 November-20 5 June 2021

There and Back



17 May 2021 - 17 July 2021 

In Her Shoes



11 July 2021- 11 September 2021



2 April 2022 - 18 June 2022

Polperro: Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre



Penlee Gallery & Museum, Penzance TR18 4HE

Open. Pre-booking a ticket is strongly recommended


17 May 2021- 16 September 2021

Laura Knight: A Celebration


22 September - 8 January 2022

Discovering Anchor Studio: An Artist's Haven in Newlyn



Tate St Ives, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

Open Monday - Sunday 10.00-17.20. All visitors including Members and Local Pass holders, will need to book a timed ticket before visiting.


Until 26 September 2021

Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors


Explore the Twentieth-Century Stories of modern artists and the Town of St Ives 




The Munnings Art Museum, Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6AZ

'Behind The Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918'

Open  Admission is by pre-booked tickets.


Extended into 2021

Special Exhibition: Yours With Love, AJ


Main Rooms and Studio


22 June 2021

Virtual Curator's Tour


29 June 2021

Virtual Curators Talk