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Time to meet Painters and Posers

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

  • What did the posers wear? Alan Shears will be showing some of the clothes and jewellery worn by folk who 'posed' for the early Newlyn artists.

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NEWLYN'S artistic heritage dates back to the end of the 19th century and now that long and fascinating history is set to become the topic of an exhibition.

Newlyn Archive's first open day of 2013, Painters and Posers, is this Saturday and visitors will have the chance to delve deep into the scandal, intrigue and lives of the artists of the past.

Archivist Pam Lomax said: "This is the first major open day since we received £3,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery towards integrating the West Cornwall Art Archive into the Newlyn Archive and we hope to have a number of interesting display folders and files from that source for people to browse through."

Archive chairman David Tredinnick coined the term 'posers' for the models that were used by Newlyn painters, past and present.

Friend of the archive, painter Bernard Evans has made numerous paintings of Newlyn Fish Market and the men who work there and his photos and paintings will be on display on the day.

Members of the archive will be asking people to identify the posers in his pictures.

Mr Evans recently wrote about Newlyn's history for an exhibition about the village in the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

He wrote: "Newlyn has changed in many ways since the first painters of the Newlyn School arrived 150 years ago.... The black or grey fishing luggers of Victorian times with their brown sails have been replaced by diesel or outboard powered boats of every kind in a great variety of colours.... The colours here too have changed dramatically. The fishermen now wear brightly coloured waterproofs as do the market porters. The fish are carried round in red, blue and green fish boxes. These new colours reflect advances in art where the earth colours of the Victorian painters have been supplemented by the new bright pigments available to the contemporary artist."

The open day will be held from 10am to 3.30pm at the Trinity Centre, Newlyn.

Penlee House will host a display about Newlyn fishwives and there will also be examples of the clothes and jewellery worn by posers on show.

For more information, call 01736 362876 or visit the archive on Friday mornings from 9.30am to noon at the Mount's Bay Room at the Trinity Centre.

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