AboutIn the autumn of 2014 the historic Penwith Gallery in St Ives will host Making Time: New Photographic Constructions, an exhibition of South West based photographic artists.
The title, New Photographic Constructions, references the groups intention to develop the photographic medium beyond its conventional boundaries, constructing complex yet subtle works through experimentation. The show demonstrates the diversity of photographic practice in Cornwall today and seeks to build on the avant-garde legacy of the Penwith Society, founded in 1949 under the distinguished leadership of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Bernard Leach. The five featured artists are Andy Hughes, Oliver Raymond-Barker, William Arnold, Hannah Guy and Nicholas Hughes.
Cornwall at large and St Ives in particular has not given photography a significant platform of support, in terms of regularly providing exhibition space and other developmental activity.The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to provide this platform and to act as a catalyst for future photographic development in the area.
Coinciding with this show Tate St Ives will present The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection. The exhibition will look at the exchange of avant-garde photographic practice between Japan, Europe and the America's between 1928 and 1968. The Modern Lens will provide an illuminating historical context for the Penwith exhibition and both shows offer a rare opportunity to see high calibre photographic works in St Ives.