“Vertigo Sea” at Newlyn Art Gallery – 30 April-25 June 2016

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John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea is a three-screen, 48-minute meditation on humankind’s relationship with the sea, and an exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration and whaling.

Fusing dramatic footage from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, archival material from British Film Institute and newly shot tableaux in the Isle of Skye, the Faroe Islands and Norway, Vertigo Sea draws upon two remarkable books: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’ epic poem Whale Nation (1988). The work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry, evoking memories of the slave trade, whilst juxtaposing sequences of migrants making a terrifying and dangerous journey across the ocean in search of a ‘better life’.

The immersive installation delivers a timely and potent reminder of current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis and ecological concerns.

John Akomfrah is an artist and filmmaker whose works are characterised by their investigations into personal and collective histories and memory, cultural, ethnic and personal identity, postcolonialism and temporality. Importantly, his focus is most often on giving voice to the experience of the African diaspora in Europe and the USA.

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Opening Event: The Exchange, Friday 29 April 2016.  All welcome.  7.30-9pm (Members-only Reception 6.30-7.30pm). With pay bar and food. FREE – no need to book.

Vertigo Sea is presented at Newlyn Art Gallery with financial support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund awarded to Arnolfini, Bristol as the lead venue for the tour. During 2016 and 2017 the work travels to further venues in the UK including Turner Contemporary in Margate and The Whitworth, Manchester.

For more details contact Kathy.hill@newlynartgallery.co.uk

 

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Marmalade the Mouse…

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Marmalade the Mouse is the star character in a Great British Series of children’s books written and illustrated by Lucy Magicmaker, who was born in The South Hams in South Devon in 1967. Part Devonian & Part Cornish, Lucy has a strong bond to the energy and landscape of The West Country, which is where her first few Marmalade the Mouse books are set. After spending many years of her life travelling the globe working for “huge corporations”, Lucy returned to her birthplace with a strong belief that “less might well be more?” Sitting down at her kitchen table, she slowly but steadily built a miniature mouse-sized company that she could call her own … and [without any frills or fuss] quietly became a writer and illustrator.

Book 2 of Marmalade the Mouse’s Great British Adventures is set in Cornwall and is called:

The Story of Marmalade the Mouse and His Cornish Adventure

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In The Cornish Adventure, Marmalade the Mouse boards a train to London. At least that’s where he thought he was going until he slipped into hibernation on the Paddington to Penzance service, only to wake up months later at the wrong end of the line!

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Marmalade suddenly finds himself in a Cornish world filled with pirates and smugglers, fairies and kings. Together with his new friend Sybil, a bossy old seagull from Penzance, they embark on a series of crazy adventures … right on the Cornish edge!

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Sybil the Seagull of Penzance is Marmalade the Mouse’s co-star throughout this Cornish Adventure and narrates the tale from start to finish in her hilarious broad Cornish dialect.  A great book to read aloud to children – and very funny!

Book 1 in the series is set on the muddy banks of the River Dart in The South Hams, Devon and is called:

The Story of Marmalade the Mouse and His Jammy Adventure

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In The Devon-based Jammy Adventure, Marmalade has the utterly disastrous idea of setting up a jam factory! The story is set on the banks of The River Dart in the muddiest, cow-pattiest, windiest depths of South Devon, right at the point where the land meets the sea.

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The Devon lanes and autumn hedgerows are bulging with blackberries and fruits, and for a brief moment Marmalade’s plan looks set to succeed. But as autumn turns to winter and the nights grow colder, things begin to go horribly wrong! This is a story about never giving up, no matter how impossible something may seem.

Children will LOVE the adventures of Marmalade the “irrepressible” Mouse, and you can buy signed and dedicated First Editions in the Marmalade the Mouse online shop priced £14.50 each – great value for such beautifully made hardback books with amazing watercolour illustrations.  When in the online shop, you may also find yourself tempted by the super cute handmade Marmalade the Mouse, and his little clothes … with a different mini mouse-sized outfit to go with each book, not to mention the Signed Limited Edition prints of the front covers.

With The London Adventure coming out next, Marmalade the Mouse is one to watch!

 

 

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Transition 2016 at Newlyn Art Gallery – 16 February 2016 to 12 March 2016

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Transition is an opportunity for artists to use the gallery space to consider how a series of works is developing or to try out ideas for an installation or interactive project. Each artist is given a weeklong slot in either the lower or upper gallery, with a total of eight projects over the four weeks. Throughout their week the artists re-evaluate their work and respond to visitors’ comments. Each project is in a constant state of flux, without the constraints of a finalised exhibition. Since the first Transition in 2000, more than 150 artists have taken part and benefited from the opportunity it offers. Transition remains unique to Newlyn Art Gallery, and has become a vital part of the programme, gaining national acclaim.

Week One: Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th February

Lower Gallery: James Thurgood

Frame: Using a selection of 20 found images from printed media, ’Frame’ is a participatory, image-based investigation into how we read and interpret images and visual language.

Upper Gallery: Cate Smith

A dynamic installation exploring the perception of time through movement and change, filming the process and allowing members of the public to view and discuss the project as a performance.

Week Two: Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th February

Lower Gallery: Angela Cockayne

A Cornish Expedition: An interdisciplinary and curious journey, which is both a voyage around a studio and the Cornish coastline; weaving narratives and objects, to investigate themes.

Upper Gallery: James Hankey

Welcoming assistance from gallery visitors, James will be experimenting with the placement of hundreds of small mirrors to create, reveal and question the potential of focal points.

Week Three: Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th March

Lower Gallery: Jo Willoughby

Irreducible Particularity: Testing an experimental and process-based working method, Jo will gather together signifiers and artefacts of everyday life to create an evolving site-specific assemblage.

Upper Gallery: Sam Bassett

Using the space as a studio, Sam will work with visitors through discussion and direction to construct new pieces, using a variety of mediums.

Week Four: Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th March

Lower Gallery: Bram Thomas Arnold

An English Pilgrimage: A wooden hermitage, constructed from flotsam found along St Michael’s Way, will become a site for poetic and book-bound reflections on a series of walks.

Upper Gallery: Drawing Down the Feminine (led by Kate Walters)

This project will explore and negotiate an understanding of the hidden world of the feminine principle through paintings, drawings, sculpture, film, writing, talks, workshops and music.

Artists’ Discussions:

Each Friday morning at 11am in The Studio Café, Newlyn Art Gallery (19th & 26th February and 4th & 11th March). Join the week’s artists and curator Blair Todd as they discuss the progress of their residency. Free, no booking required, just turn up.

For more details contact Kathy.Hill@newlynartgallery.co.uk –  Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

 

 

 

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Winter Weather Precautions

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Property damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in both repairs and disruption to business. We focus on the practical steps that can help reduce the risk of damage.

PREVENT FREEZING

  • Ensure that all areas containing pipes and water storage tanks are heated to prevent freezing.
  • Heating should be thermostatically controlled to maintain a minimum temperature.
  • Fuel supplies and any associated equipment should be periodically tested and maintained. This is particularly critical where “interruptible” gas supplies are used.
  • Pipes should be lagged to delay the temperature drop. Use 32mm thick good quality, non-combustible lagging securely fixed to all piping including expansion pipes.
  • Tanks should be lagged around and over, but not underneath so that heat from below can rise.
  • Minimise pipe-runs outside, or in areas exposed to winds.
  • Wet pipe sprinkler systems should be avoided where the temperature cannot be kept above 4°C, the use of alternate or dry pipe systems should be considered.

ACTION TO MINIMISE DAMAGE

  • Tenants, managers and agents should know the location of all stopcocks inside the premises as well as the main incoming valve in the street. The stopcocks should be periodically exercised to ensure that they are in working order.
  • Someone should be responsible for any sprinkler system, its water supply and pump room. Ensure that buildings are inspected to identify frozen or leaking pipes at an early stage.
  • Review and update emergency contact procedures.
  • Responsible staff should know how to thaw pipes safely:
    • Isolate the pipe by closing the stopcock on the feed from the tank or main.
    • Expect a thawed pipe to leak water, so protect items beneath it.
    • Do not use blow torches, hot air paint strippers or naked flames.
    • Use hot water bottles or a hair dryer.

COMMON OR UNOCCUPIED AREAS

The precautions described previously apply equally to common and unoccupied areas.  These can be particularly vulnerable as problems may not be identified until damage has occurred.

  • Regular inspections of these areas should be carried out before and during cold weather.
  • If a tenant is still responsible for an unoccupied area ensure that they are inspecting these and taking the precautions described above.
  • Consider provision of heating to any unheated portions of the building if they may be vulnerable. The use of minimum and maximum thermometers can give an indication of potential problems.

Please check your policy wording for any specific requirements that need to be adhered to when your property is unoccupied.  If in doubt, please contact us on 01736 360808.

To assist you in managing these risks, below is a Winter Weather Checklist for you to download and/or print:

Winter Weather Checklist

 

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The Great Big Cornish Gig Project

The Great Big Cornish Gig Project has been set up to engage Armed Forces Wounded Injured and Sick Serving (WISS) Personnel and Veterans in the construction of a Cornish pilot gig.  They will be trained in boatbuilding skills, build a gig and ultimately row their gig to the Scillies where it will be donated to the “Help for Heroes” gig team to race in the 2016 World Pilot Gig Championships.

The project is funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme and the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall and will help personnel make the transition from service life to civilian life.  Training is adapted to various levels of disability and the customised in-house programme means that many can achieve an NVQ vocational qualification.

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Construction of the gig is taking place in the National Maritime Museum workshop gallery with professional boat builder Andrew Nancarrow.  There are plenty of construction components and tasks to be undertaken and the project consists of three workshop days a week plus one day for a programme of offsite waterborne activity.

The “EPIC ROW” from Falmouth to St Marys on the Isles of Scilly will start in Falmouth in 2016 and visit many of Cornwall’s Gig clubs on their way around the coast before finally reaching their destination and donating the Gig to the “Help for Heroes” gig team.  The “Help for Heroes” team will race the gig in the World Pilot Gig Championships.

Currently, the project needs WISS beneficiaries to take part in the project – together with sponsors and supporters.  For more details, please contact MikeSelwood @ nmmc.co.uk

You can follow the progress of the project on Facebook.

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Staff Member “Braves the Shave” for Macmillan

Christopher Rowe Limited staff member, Sandra Pascoe (Accounts Technician) has “braved the shave” for Macmillan Cancer Support. “Brave the Shave” is an initiative by Macmillan to raise much needed funds to support people with cancer:

By braving the shave you’ll be standing proudly alongside men and women with cancer whilst raising money so Macmillan Cancer Support can help people take control back from cancer.

We know that cancer can turn the world upside down and that’s especially true when it comes to appearance. Men and women with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look, to how they feel. So when they need someone to turn to, Macmillan is here. Right from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, we’re here to give people the energy and inspiration to take back control of their life.

Every penny you raise will help us give people with cancer and their families the specialised support they need, when they need it most.

The shave took place on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at “Beyond the Fringe”, Camelot Court, Penzance who kindly donated their services for free.

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Sandra commented afterwards that “it’s fine…just a little bit nippy around the ears”. If you would like to donate then please visit: https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/sandra-pascoe/

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Penzance Literary Festival – 8-11 July 2015

Penzance literary Festival takes place between the 8th and 11th of July 2015 at a variety of locations in Penzance, including the Acorn Theatre, Penlee House, Morrab Library and the Edge of the World bookshop.  This year’s festival theme is SPARKS and there really is a packed programme of events featuring authors and writers such as Tony Hawks, Patrick Gale, Ian Whybrow and Philip Marsden.

There are author talks, children’s events, writers’ workshops, music and much more.  The full itinerary of events is at the Penzance Literary Festival website and highlights include:

Wednesday 8 July 2015: “Writing for Performance” – Paul Dodgson
Morrab Library
10.30am – 4pm
Price: £35.

Paul Dodgson is an award winning writer and producer who spent 18 months as part of the “Eastenders” writing team.  He wrote “Monsters We Met” for BBC 2 and has written numerous plays for BBC Radio 4.   This workshop explores the mechanics of writing for performance on stage, on screen or on the radio.  With exercises and examples, discover what happens when your words make the transition from page to stage.  You will develop ideas, work on scenes and create monologues that are be shared and performed by the group in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Thursday 9 July 2015: “King Bruno: the orphan chimp who became a legend” – Paul Glynn
Redwing Gallery
12.45pm – 2.15pm
Price: £3.00

Author and filmmaker Paul Glynn discusses ‘King Bruno’, the astonishing true story of a chimpanzee raised by humans in the jungles of Sierra Leone.

Friday 10 July 2015: “Once Upon a Time in the West… Country” – Tony Hawks
Acorn Theatre
7.30pm – 8.45pm
Price: £8

The comedian and author talks to Jak Stringer about his latest book, Once Upon a Time in the West … Country, a comic memoir of his attempts to get to grips with rural life after abandoning London and buying a cottage in Devon, where, not content with becoming chair of the village hall committee, he also accepts a challenge to pedal across the county carrying a miniature pig called Titch.

Saturday 11 July 2015: “The Big Lit Charity Quiz” – Patrick Gale
Acorn Theatre
7pm – 9pm
Price: £3 (£2 for concessions)

Fancy yourself as a Lit Quiz Whiz? Start sharpening those pencils and get ready to pit your Lit Wits against some fierce opposition. Chaired by Patrick Gale, the Big Lit Quiz is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever – with loads of fabulous spot prizes and a prize pot for the lucky winners. Find up to three other people to form a team – or make a team when you get here. Win or lose, a great night out is guaranteed. It’s in a good cause too. This year we shall be supporting the excellent work of the RNIB Library Service.

Be prepared for anything!

More details about the Festival can be found at Penzance Literary Festival website. Festival Programmes are in local shops and libraries now and event tickets can be purchased online here or by telephone via Cornish Riviera Box Office (CRBO) on 01726 879500 or in person at the following locations:

  • National Trust Welcome to West Cornwall Centre, Penzance,
  • St Ives TIC, The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives
  • The Visitor Centre, Heartlands, Pool, Redruth
  • FalRiver VIC, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth
  • Truro TIC, Boscawen Street, Truro
  • and other CRBO local box offices through Cornwall.

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In Search of the Miraculous

Newlyn Art Gallery 27th June – 19th September 2015

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In Search of the Miraculous is an exhibition of international artists, inspired by and marking the 40th anniversary of the voyage made by Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader, who set sail alone in July 1975 in a 12½ foot dinghy Ocean Wave from Massachusetts to cross the Atlantic to Falmouth, Cornwall, disappearing en route.

In Search of the Miraculous includes artists who have not necessarily taken direct influence from Bas Jan Ader but have made works that have a yearning for the sublime, a playful pursuit for new experiences and journeys, or a romantic contemplation of the sea and what may lie beyond the horizon.

The exhibition is primarily photography and film and includes Francis Alys, Game Over, Chris Burden, Ghost Ship, Mat Collishaw, Blind Date, Simon Faithfull, 0.00 Navigation, Andrew Friend, Device for Experiencing Lightning Strike, Gunnar Jónsson, Hringsól, Antti Laitinen, Its My Island, Jessica Ramm, Listening Beyond The Horizon, and Guido van der Werve, Nummer Acht:Everything is going to be alright.

Matt Collishaw made a blindfolded trip from London to Madrid to view Velasquez’s painting Las Meninas for exactly three minutes, then returned blindfolded (Blind Date, 2000, video projection). Francis Alÿs made the decision to drive an old VW Beetle into a tree, commenting afterwards “… in that lapse of those final 65–50–35–20–10 feet, the absurdity of the human condition became so glaring to me, so absolute.” (Game Over, 2011, video). Jessica Ramm’s Listening Beyond the Horizon is a search for the unknown; a solitary figure perched in a gothic mountainscape, (2013, photo etching on zinc plate).

Simon Faithfull’s journey obsessively follows the meridian as the only possible path; fences climbed, properties crossed, streams waded, hedges crawled through till he re-enters the sea continuing north (0.00 Navigation, 2009, video), while Gunnar Jónsson directed a fishing boat to circle seemingly endlessly in the sea; utterly futile but mesmerizingly beautiful (Hringsól, 2012,video).

Guido van der Werve’s Nummer Acht: Everything is going to be alright (2007, 16mm to HD video) shows the artist striding ahead of an icebreaker like a 21st century version of Caspar David Friedrich’s intrepid explorers in the painting The Sea of Ice (Das Eismeer). Andrew Friend, like 19th-century scientists who physically put themselves at risk exploring the power of nature, created a Device for Experiencing Lightning Strike which he set up on a Cumbrian mountain (2010, photograph).

Chris Burden took the concept of the solo yachtsman to the extreme level with a crewless, self-navigating sailing boat that took to the seas utterly alone (Ghost Ship, 2005, video and documentation). Antti Laitinen playfully set out to sea on his own primitive vessel (Bark Boat, 2008, photograph) and created his own island (It’s My Island, 2008, videos on 3 monitors).

In Search of the Miraculous is at Newlyn Art Gallery 27th June – 19th September 2015.

Throughout the summer In Search of the Miraculous will provide inspiration for a variety of poets, musicians and performers in a number of public events. As part of the exhibition, a flotilla of small vessels with an eclectic crew of experienced skippers with artists and young people, many who may never have been to sea before, will make a day’s sail from Newlyn to Falmouth.

For further details please visit Newlyn Art Gallery or telephone 01736 363715.

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

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Penzance Celebrates St Piran’s Day

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There was glorious sunshine in Penzance this morning as, in a change of route from previous years due to St John’s Hall undergoing extensive refurbishment, the St Piran’s Day Parade got underway from the top of Causewayhead.

Led by Penzance Mayor, David Nebesnuick and Cornish Grand Bard, Maureen Fuller, the parade, which included various dignitaries and hundreds of schoolchildren from the local area, wound its way from Causewayhead to Market Place and then onto Morrab Gardens.

Music from the Golowan Band and Newlyn School amongst others added to the tremendous atmosphere and, once everyone had gathered in Morrab Gardens, the Penzance Guize Dancers performed a traditional Cornish dance on the bandstand.

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Following an introduction from David Nebesnuick, Cornish Grand Bard, Maureen Fuller gave a rousing speech to the assembled masses.  From the obvious delight at Cornwall achieving minority status to the uncovering of St Piran’s Oratory, Ms Fuller’s speech also noted the Gorsedh Kernow “Do Something for Cornwall” Challenge. The challenge is about using your skills to help others – for example, raising money for a Cornish charity.

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Events in Morrab Garden drew to a close with the singing of “Trelawney” before the parade started back to the centre of town.

You can learn more about Gorsedh Kernow and the “Do Something for Cornwall” Challenge by visiting the Gorsedh Kernow website.

To see more photos from the 2015 St Piran’s Day in Penzance please visit our Facebook Gallery.

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Penlee Lifeboat Station Fundraising Appeal

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The crew at Penlee need your help to build a new Lifeboat Station.  The current lifeboat station was built in 1983 and comprises office space, crew room and a small crew changing area.  Unfortunately, now 31 years on, the station is no longer fit for purpose.

With around 25 volunteer crew and additional shore crew as well as fundraisers, there is an urgent need for more space.  The small crew changing room can see anything up to 10 volunteers changing at any one time and is simply not adequate.

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A dedicated crew training room is now essential as fewer RNLI crew are coming from maritime backgrounds and need access to an appropriate environment in which to complete the continuous training required in order to operate the charity’s state of the art lifeboats and navigation systems.

Subject to planning permission, the new station will be rebuilt on the site of the existing boathouse.  It will be a two storey building – twice as long as the current station – and will include a larger crew changing and shower room, a galley area and larger crew room where they can rest and get warm after a shout, a dedicated office, a visitor attraction and a separate training room.  The training room will be available  for use by groups in the local community working and training in the maritime area such as MCA, sea scouts etc.

England rugby player, Jack Nowell, recently paid a visit to Penlee lifeboat station to show his support for the new appeal. Jack grew up in Newlyn and could see the lifeboat launching from the station from his window.

To support the appeal you can donate online via Virgin Money Giving or, for more information contact Guy Botterill, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager – 07774 436265 –  guy_botterill@rnli.org.uk

You can follow Penlee Lifeboat Station on Twitter and Facebook.

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