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Art fans have opportunity to learn more about Newlyn's artistic past

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: October 04, 2013

Catherine Wallace is set to run an eight-week course at Penlee House

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ART FANS are to be given the chance to learn more about Newlyn's famous painters and the port's creative past.

Author and historian Catherine Wallace is set to run an eight-week course in Penzance looking at the development of the early Newlyn School of Art, from origins and education in the academies to varying approaches to the pursuit.

There will also be a focus on women who pioneered the practice, achievements at home and abroad - particularly in the late 1800s - and the founding of the town's famous gallery.

Interest in the local arts scene has heightened this year following the release of the critically acclaimed Summer in February film, which captured the lives of painters at the turn of the century.

Miss Wallace said the programme covers the time leading up to those years, with a view to study the early 1900s in 2014.

"I think the time I'll be teaching lays the foundations for the school and how they became famous," she said.

"I talk about the legacy that some of the artists left, the relationship with the fishermen and the wild parties they had.

"It also highlights how they all came to be in Newlyn - I think it's really important."

The lecturer added she thinks a lot of west Cornwall's scene is dominated by St Ives Modernism, but said the period she is looking to cover is "very interesting".

Miss Wallace is the author of several books on the Newlyn's art history.

The course runs from October 15 to December 3 on Tuesdays between 2.00 - 4.00pm at Penlee Coach House, Penlee Park, Penzance. The final week is at the site's gallery. It costs £120. 

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