14 November 2016

Midas Exhibition showcases Cornwall’s best Fine Artists

An exhibition offering some of Cornwall’s leading arts graduates a kick-start towards a professional career has been officially opened at Newlyn Art Gallery by Steve Hindley, Chairman of South West construction firm Midas.

The annual Midas Exhibition provides graduates with an invaluable opportunity to gain experience of exhibiting their work in a public gallery.

Midas Construction, part of The Midas Group, has supported Falmouth University’s Fine Art course for more than 10 years. Once again, Midas is working closely with partners Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Anima-Mundi Contemporary Art Gallery (formerly Millennium, St Ives) and Falmouth University.

(L-R: James Green, Steve Hindley, Professor Anne Carlisle and Dr Ginny Button open the Midas Exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery)

Ten students from Falmouth University’s BA(Hons) Fine Art course were selected by a panel of judges to showcase their work at the exhibition, alongside a solo show by Falmouth graduate Linda Straehl, who won last year’s competition, sponsored by Midas, to receive materials or studio space worth £1,500 and a year’s mentoring from an art tutor based at Falmouth.

Artists Ella Caie, Finbar Conran, Tanya Cruz Gilmour, Rob Davis, Joe Fenwick Wilson, Nick Griffin, Zoë Pearce, Bharat Rajagopal, Isabel Ramos, and Calum Rees Gildea were selected to exhibit this year, based on the strength of their degree show work. The art on display covers a variety of different media, including painting, sculpture, video, film and kinetic and sounds installations.

The exhibition was opened on Friday, 11th November, with speeches from James Green, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange; Dr Ginny Button, Director at The Falmouth School of Art; Professor Anne Carlisle, VC & CEO Falmouth University and Steve Hindley, CBE, Chairman of The Midas Group. It runs until 7th January, 2017.

Steve Hindley, chairman of The Midas Group, said: “Midas is delighted to continue to support inspiring young artists based in Cornwall to get a foot on the ladder towards a successful career. As a construction company, we believe the significance of creativity and culture is as important to the future of Cornwall as its physical regeneration. The standard of work continues to impress and it is wonderful to see Linda Straehl back exhibiting here after winning last year’s sponsorship.”

Dr Ginny Button, Director of The Falmouth School of Art, said: “The Falmouth School of Art supports the development of distinctive, individual Fine Art practice across a range of media, and I’m delighted to see this so strongly reflected in the Midas Exhibition. We are again grateful to Midas for its continuing commitment to supporting Falmouth University’s Fine Art course. Making the transition into the professional world is tough for emerging artists so inspiring opportunities such as this are invaluable.”

Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, exhibition continues until 7th January 2017.


Photo Captions: (Credit Andy Smith)

Top: A video and sound installation called Sphere of Living Marks by Isabel Ramos

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