Falmouth and Art

Along Shore Fishermen by Charles Napier Hemy 1890 - courtesy of Falmouth Art Gallery

Along Shore Fishermen by Charles Napier Hemy 1890 - courtesy of Falmouth Art Gallery

The rich artistic heritage of the Fal area has played an important part in Cornwall’s international reputation for the arts. J.M.W Turner visited Falmouth in 1811 and was arguably the first artist to capture the special Cornish light that continues to inspire great artists today.

Charles Napier Hemy, Henry Scott Tuke and William Ayerst Ingram were all Falmouth based and their reputation as artists attracted visiting painters of the quality of John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler. Ben Nicholson stayed at Pill Creek on the Fal, and during a day trip to St Ives discovered Alfred Wallis – an event that changed modern British painting.

In 1937 the Surrealists stayed at Lambe Creek on the Fal river, including Eileen Agar, Paul and Nusch Éluard, Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Man Ray and Dorothea Tanning. Today artists of international reputations are attracted to the area including Tacita Dean, Kurt Jackson, Richard Long and David Nash.

Falmouth Art Gallery

Recognised as one of the leading small art galleries in the country. Its a must visit when in Falmouth, with works by Gainsborough, Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon. To check out this and other galleries in Falmouth click on the link.

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Falmouth University

Falmouth University incorporating Dartington College has ensured that the area remains the creative hub of Cornwall producing talent that reaches worldwide. The creative industries in Cornwall have an annual turnover of £421 million, helping make the UK the global leader.

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