Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Cornish Taste to City Gallery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Cornish Taste to City Gallery

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Visitors to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will be able to see a new exhibition exploring the early years of the St Ives Society of Artists in Creating a Splash: The St Ives Society of Artists, The first 25 years (1927-1952).

Charting the high-profile and extraordinary success of the St Ives Society of Artists in its early years, this exhibition features more than 70 works by major British artists. On tour from Penlee House in Cornwall, the exhibition focuses on the 1930s and 1940s and contains work by artists who regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, including Stanhope Forbes, Lamorna Birch, Frank Brangwyn and Laura Knight.

The Society, founded in 1927, was the brainchild of George Bradshaw and Herbert Truman. Bradshaw, a former Lieutenant-Commander in the Navy, trained as an artist under Edward Dingli, a portrait and genre painter, whilst based in Malta.

Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1921, Bradshaw settled in St Ives only to be called up to serve again in the Second World War where he was first stationed at Falmouth and then at Sunderland.

David Tovey, curator of the exhibition, said: "George Bradshaw, one of the instigators behind the formation of the society was in charge of the port at Sunderland during the Second World War, and it strikes me as no coincidence that Sunderland was included in the Society's 1945 tour. …

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