The New Craftsman has undergone an exciting transformation. Purportedly the longest running gallery in the town, the latest phase in this gallery’s long relationship, with St Ives and its artists has seen an evolution of the space itself, alongside an exciting new programme of exhibitions. After a seven week refurbishment, the New Craftsman has re-opened to reveal a bright, dynamic space.
Having celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2012, The New Craftsman is the oldest gallery in St Ives. Originally established by Janet Leach, wife of Bernard Leach and an acclaimed potter in her own right in the 1960s, Janet was later joined by Mary "Boots" Redgrave as business partner. Boots in turn brought with her Michael Hunt as manager, a position he still holds.
The New Craftsman is currently owned by Paul and Ylenia Haase, who are delighted to be involved in such a fascinating Gallery. The team of staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about the work displayed in the gallery and the craftspeople who produce it.
Initially focusing on paintings, sculpture and quality studio pottery, New Craftsman gained an international reputation amongst discerning art and craft collectors. It was regarded by some as one of the most important spaces for contemporary painters in St Ives, nurturing the reputations of figures such as Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Bryan Winter, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon. It then widened its range and now also shows original paintings by emerging Cornish artists alongside a varied range of contemporary crafts including glass, automata, wood, handmade jewellery, ceramic sculptures and metalwork. The downstairs gallery harbours a treasure trove of art and contemporary craft and the space above stairs is dedicated to solo exhibitions.
The Gallery aims to have something of quality to suit everyone and can be found at the foot of the hill that leads from Fore Street to the Barbara Hepworth Museum.______________________________
John Miller at the New Craftsman
We are delighted to announce that the main upstairs gallery at the New Craftsman in St.Ives is now dedicated to showing original work by John Miller (1931 - 2002). The paintings include oils and gouaches of local sea and estuary views, gouaches of Venice and Goa, figures, landscapes, and flower compositions.
John Miller was very closely identified with the gallery, and his lifetime partner, Michael Truscott, kindly allowed this association to continue following John's death in 2002, including two very successful exhibitions in 2005 and 2006.
The paintings will change regularly so that the gallery remains fresh and interesting for visitors - all work is for sale. The work can be viewed on the dedicated John Miller web site by clicking here or on the menu above.______________________________
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