Sunlit Pleasures: Painting in Newlyn & St Ives

02 Feb - 22 May 13

Blackberrying (detail), 1917, by Harold HarveyOctober, Hosking's Mill by Samuel 'Lamorna' BirchThe Herring Season by Charles Simpson

Blackberrying (detail), 1917, by Harold Harvey

Between about 1880 and 1930, the small Cornish fishing village of Newlyn became a magnet for artists. The work they produced, enhanced by an often-remarked upon quality of light, made the name of this village, and later the nearby village of St Ives, famous throughout the art world – a fame the area retains to this day.

This exhibition will draw on the collections of the Laing Art Gallery, together with key loans from within Tyne & Wear Museums & Archives. Including the work of important figures such as Harold and Laura Knight, Stanhope & Elizabeth Forbes, and Samuel ‘Lamorna’ Birch, it will explore the artistic development of the area and look at the reasons why Newlyn and St Ives has had such a lasting effect on so many artists.

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This stunning stained glass window was designed by J Edgar Mitchell for the Laing's opening in 1904. It was later removed and lay in storage for many years, but was lovingly restored and returned 100 years later as part of the gallery's centenary refurbishment.

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Happy Friday! Here's one of our collection favourites from the Romantic era - Loves Votaries by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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A film about Discovery Museum by the Museums and Galleries Disabled Access Group

A film about Discovery Museum in Newcastle by the Museums and Galleries Disabled Access Group. Find out about Discovery Museum and what you can see here. You can also hear about the access facilities from the members of the group. The group talks about their favourite exhibits and explains what help is available for visitors such as ramps, lifts, audio guides and pre-visit information packs.

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