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Youngsters investigate presence

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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A RARE opportunity for young artists between the ages of 15 and 25 to present work in a major exhibition, which investigates their sense of presence, place and experience within Cornwall.

The gallery's reputation and commitment to involving young people in its exhibition programme continues with Drawing a Presence, an exceptional and ambitious platform for a new generation of artists in Cornwall.

Newlyn Art Gallery has extended its' commitment further by inviting young Falmouth-based curators

Elle Sambrook and Henry Osman to co-curate the exhibition.

"Drawing a Presence is a rare opportunity for young artists, one that will undoubtedly have an impact on all involved. The significance of this exhibition is reflected in the volume and sophistication of the responses we received from an open invitation for work," said Henry Osman.

The works deal with migration, landscape, folklore and social perceptions. They cover many media-wax sculpture, large-scale drawings, analogue photography and performance poetry – each conveying their own personal response to Cornwall.

In addition to the call-out, skateboarders at Wherrytown have been collaborating with photographer James Hankey while 3 Villages Youth Project has been creating a new piece of work with artist Sam Bassett. There have also been several commissions, including a performance by poet Seth Hampshire and photography by Rosie Kliskey.

Drawing A Presence presents a unique opportunity for visitors to Newlyn Art Gallery to see Cornwall as seen by young artists.

The exhibition runs concurrently to an international group exhibition at The Exchange, 3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night (see opposite page). The show is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and admission is free.

There is a free opening event tomorrow, from 6pm to 7.30pm with Penzance's very own Little Wonder Café bringing its caravan to the gallery selling Mexican street food from 5.45pm to 7.45pm and a performance by poet Seth Hampshire at 7pm.

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