Constantine Cornwall

Falmouth Art Gallery

August 2019

The Group’s last visit of the 2019 season in August was a “Behind the Scenes” exploration of the Falmouth Art Gallery led by Falmouth’s Cultural Director Henrietta Boex. Whilst small groups accompanied Henrietta into the depths of the Art Gallery there was much to see for those that remained in the current “Stuff and Nonsense” exhibition plus the display of marine art.

“Stuff and Nonsense” included a focus on children’s stories, most known to members as children. The complex automaton by Keith Newstead, which focussed on the current political situation, was demonstrated by Henrietta at the end of the visit.

Below stairs in the store room is the Council’s collection of art. Members descended to the depths in the gallery’s lift. Here are several pieces by both Hemy and Tuke. Smaller works of art are carefully stored in acid free cases and use standard frames and mounts. There were several impressive large pieces which Henrietta showed members. All accompanied with a lively and interesting commentary.

Members learned about Tuke who married the Catholic Amy Freemen (a daughter of the owner of several of the granite quarries in Constantine) later becoming a catholic himself and about Hemy who resided in the 1880s with a family at Swanpool, several of whom became his models.

Three members returned to the gallery at a later date to further investigate some of the below stairs works of art.

The first lecture of the season will take place on Friday 20th September at 19.15 in the WI Hall, Constantine. John Sheppard will share his research on Goongillings and Polwheveril. The September and October talks have been swapped. Visitors and new member are always welcome. Contact 01326 250604.