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Cornish Light

The Nottingham 1894 Exhibition RevisitedOld Sea Dogs - William Holt Yates Titcomb Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

3 April 2015 to 7 June 2015

In September 1894 Nottingham Castle opened a Special Exhibition of Pictures by 'CORNISH PAINTERS of NEWLYN, ST IVES, FALMOUTH, etc'. The exhibition gave a comprehensive overview of a new wave in British art, sweeping in from what seemed at the time to be a remote, little-known area of the country. It aimed to bring to Nottingham the very best paintings that Cornish artists had produced in the preceding 10 years. Paintings were gathered from far and wide, from artists' studios in Cornwall, from the Royal Academy in London and from international exhibitions in Paris, Chicago, Munich and Vienna. Nottingham was quick to buy two major paintings from the exhibition for its own collection. The 2015 exhibition reunites works from 1894 and reappraises this ground-breaking exhibition from the early years of the Castle Museum and Art Gallery for 2015. This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Messum's.

In partnership with Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance.

If you would like to purchase Cornish Light: The Nottingham 1894 Exhibition Revisited, an exhibition catalogue to accompany the exhibition is available.


Seated talks and lectures by the Curators of the exhibition and experts on Cornish painting*:

  • Saturday 11 April, 1pm to 2pm: Sarah Skinner, Curator of 'Cornish Light'
  • Saturday 9 May, 10:30am to 11:30am: David Tovey, writer of 'Cornish Light'
  • Saturday 9 May, 2:30pm to 3:30am: David Tovey, writer of 'Cornish Light'
  • Saturday 16 May, 1pm to 2pm: Andrea Gates, Director, Messums Fine Art
  • Saturday 30 May, 1pm to 2pm: Louise Connell, Director, Penlee House Museum and Art Gallery

* Booking essential as places are very limited.  All talks are free, but normal entry fees apply.  PLEASE NOTE:  Not all of our meeting rooms have wheelchair access.  If you have access requirements, this must be stated at time of booking.  Call 0115 876 1433, or email, to reserve your seat.

Natasha Daintry

OceanOcean - Natasha Daintry Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

3 Apr 2015 to 7 Jun 2015

A major work by outstanding contemporary British ceramicist Natasha Daintry. One thousand slip-cast porcelain pots are cleverly arranged to form an 'ocean', exploring Daintry's fascination with nature, water, movement and colour theory, and our emotional responses to colour and form. She says:'Studying water has...encouraged me to cultivate my own tiny internal ocean, a kind of salty spirit-level, to help me find a position of equilibrium on life's continuously shifting ground, minute by minute, second by second, pot by pot.'


Events Ocean talk Artist Talk with Natasha Daintry* :

  • Wednesday 13 May, 1pm

*Please note, this is not a seated event and will take place within the exhibition galleries. This talks is free, but normal entry fees apply. No booking necessary for this talk. Please also move the logos to the bottom of the page as opposed to underneaith the information about Natasha Daintry.

Purchased jointly with Gallery Oldham, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Touchstones Rochdale and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust through the Contemporary Art Society's craft acquisition scheme with support from the Art Fund, 2012.

The Café Table CommissionsBlue and White Coffee Table Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

3 April to 7 June 2015

David John Scarborough: Dekay and Ruyne

In conjunction with Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Dekay and Ruyne has been selected and curated by University of Lincoln MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice student, Danielle Bastiaens. Artist David John Scarborough was invited to produce six new artworks exclusively for the café tables.

A survey in 1525 of Nottingham Castle stated that there was much 'dekay and ruyne of said castell', reporting the need for essential repairs. Dekay and Ruyne touches on ideas of formation and deterioration, relating directly to Nottingham Castle and the network of caves beneath the City. Scarborough has used repetitive Plasticine forms to remind the viewer of geological processes such as longshore drift, landslides or erosion, and implied movement indicates both decay and growth.

Upcoming Exhibitions

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People Dragicevic Milena

20 June to 6 September 2015

A Hayward Touring and Arts Council Collection exhibition, curated by Jennifer Higgieā€‹ editor of Frieze.

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People' looks at the everyday theatricality of the body and includes a selection of 20th century paintings by acclaimed artists such as the beautiful study of a woman by Walter Sickert from 1906, her forehead patterned like a diamond; the acute, light-filled brilliance of Lucian Freud's portraits of the 1950s; and the exuberant explosion of Pop channelled through representations of the body in the 1960s and '70s, in the work of artists such as Bob Robinson, Richard Hamilton and David Hockney.

In more recent years, the Arts Council Collection has acquired a group of fantastically interesting paintings by artists including Michael Fullerton, Rose Wylie and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Other works that could be considered 'expanded painting' by contemporary artists include Enrico David, David Noonan and Rene So - who explore painting's potential through tapestry, silkscreen and sculpture - and who place the body centre stage, sometimes literally."

A new Arts Council Collection exhibition of paintings of the figure opened in Leeds in March 2015, followed by a tour to Nottingham, Southport and Eastbourne.

George Chinnery: Small porcelain romances George Chinnery

20 June to 6 September 2015

Since they were first commissioned in 2006 by former artist-led gallery Moot, the Nottingham Castle café tables have continued to provide a platform for regional artists to present work to the public in an unusual yet accessible display format. George Chinnery was invited to produce six new artworks exclusively for the café tables.

George Chinnery's practice is concerned with national identity, the gentrification of rural life, and contemporary obsessions with nostalgia and heritage. Fictional narrators or performative objects reflect these conditions or themes. Each table - or unit - functions as a quietly theatrical space to coax ambiguous, humorous and poetic relationships between images, text and objects. The effects of digitised content and its breakdown hang loosely throughout all six arrangements, each of which present us with a different playful narrative.

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