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A Century of St Ives Art 1840-1940
An exhibition featuring works from the museum's collection, with those of St Ives art collector, David Tovey. Focusing on pre-colony St Ives art it features works by Adrian Stokes, Julias Olsson, Charles Simpson, John Park, Dorothea Sharp and Borlase Smart along with works by foreign artists who were based in the town.
In 1960 Ida Kar (1908-74) became the first photographer to have a retrospective exhibition at a major London art gallery. Her portraits offer a fascinating insight into post-war cultural life and her subjects included some of the most celebrated figures from the art world of 1950s and 1960s Europe and Russia. A number of the artists Kar photographed also included artists from the St Ives School.
This exhibition is collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, London and Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage).
Ida Kar by Ida Kar, 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London
The Museum of Us
WildWorks in collaboration with Jane Darke and the Royal Cornwall Museum present, The Museum of Us.
What does ‘Cornish-ness’ mean now? Piskies and pasties? Surf and superfast? Do you still have to be born here to feel like you belong?. A magnificent Cabinet of Curiosities is displayed in the main gallery. It features the work of Jane Darke, using her extraordinary bounty of wreck retrieved from Cornish beaches, and will be the temporary home for objects, stories and images that explore our connections to Cornwall.
Bring in your special Cornish object in the May Half Term (28th May – 2nd June), and it might end up in the cabinet! Object sessions will be between 2pm and 4pm every day in Half Term.
Historic Royal Palaces commissioned the Cabinet for the Enchanted Palace, at Kensington Palace, 2010-2012
Endless Summer:The Evolution of Surfing
Surfing and its influences are part of everyday life for many people, and this exhibition explores how different elements of the sport have evolved since the early 1900s, with a particular focus on surf board design, photography, art and magazines.
Originally displayed at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in 2012, ‘Endless Summer’ has been updated with local collectors lending classic boards to tell the story from a Cornish perspective.
A Touring Exhibition from Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage).
Image:Carwyn Williams, France, late 1980s © Alex Williams Image