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Press Release | Neil Canning & Jack Doherty at New Craftsman Gallery | Sept 2024

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Neil Canning | Sense of Space

with ceramics by Jack Doherty

14thSeptember to 11thOctober 2024

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Opening on 14thSeptember as part of this year's St Ives September Festival, New Craftsman Gallery presentsSense of Space, an exhibition of work by painter Neil Canning. Neil is one of Cornwall's most respected and high-profile artists, whose vivid, large scale works respond to the dynamic landscape of West Cornwall. In this new collection, which includes both large canvases and small works on paper, Neil explores the ways in which Cornwall's ever-present ocean impacts his work. Ina powerfully abstract style and high-keyed palette, these works define the artist's sensory interpretation of the coastal landscape, embracing not just visual viewpoints but the essence of light, season and elemental forces, including the dramatic Atlantic storms of winter 2023/2024.

Neil Canning lives and works in West Cornwall. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Exeter for his outstanding contribution to contemporary British art. His work is held in private and public collections throughout the world.

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Jack Doherty porcelain ceramics


Also on show is a new collection of work by ceramicist Jack Doherty.Made during the spring and early summer of this year, these works explore the effect of time and process. Jack is known for his beautiful vessel forms, which are thrown on the wheel before being carved and shaped when the clay is soft to reflect the fluidity of the material. Each of his vessels is made using porcelain for its whiteness and special luminous quality, with the addition of just one colouring mineral and a single firing with sodium bicarbonate. The distinctive colour and surface texture of Jack's works are created by the fusion of fire and soda in the intense heat of the kiln, leaving behind a subtle palette of smoky grey, lemon, russet and turquoise.

Jack was born in County Derry and studied Ceramics at the Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast. He and now lives and works in West Cornwall and has gained an international reputation, exhibiting extensively in the UK and abroad. His ceramic vessels are represented in public collections including the Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, the National Museum of Ireland and the Ulster Museum. In 2016 he received the Janet Mansfield Memorial Award in recognition of his work with soda-fired porcelain. 

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE |



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Editors Notes

New Craftsman St Ives

With an international reputation amongst art and craft collectors for its painting, sculpture and quality studio ceramics, the New Craftsman is regarded as one of the most important spaces for contemporary artists in St Ives. Founded in the mid-1960s by potter Janet Leach, it holds an unrivalled reputation as one of the country's leading art and craft venues. Today the gallery's annual programme of mixed and solo exhibitions continues to support the work of Cornwall's and the UK's very best painters and craftspeople.

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE|


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