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INSIGHTExhibition Review Kate West’s quarterly roundup of what’s happening in the local arts scene


Two Temple Place A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach


by Stanhope A. Forbes, RA (1857 – 1947) oil on canvas, 1885


from the collections of Plymouth City Council (Museums and Archives) © Bridgeman Art Library


Two Temple Place Amongst Heroes: th


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e artist in working Cornwall Until 14th April


very year Two Temple Place opens its doors for a few months to host an exhibition, with the specific remit to showcase publicly- owned art from UK regional collections. In 2012, their inaugural year, they held a very successful William Morris exhibition. This year, in partnership with the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, the annual exhibition displays works from 1880 to 1920 by the pioneering Newlyn and St Ives artists who are widely regarded as the English response to French Impressionism.


This beautiful exhibition focuses on the depiction of the lives of working men and women in Cornwall during that time. The artists who worked in the artistic colonies on Cornwall’s Penwith Peninsular were fascinated not only by the landscape and the light of Cornwall but also by the dominant local industries of fishing and farming and the people who worked on the sea and the land.


Paintings by the greats of the Newlyn School, such as Henry Scott Tuke and Stanhope Forbes, are shown alongside contemporary artefacts from the area including net-making tools, a


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mining handcart from St Just and even, as an evocative centrepiece, an oyster dredger.


The venue itself is worth the visit and is one of London’s architectural gems. Built for William Waldorf Astor in 1895 - and known as Astor House until recently - it remained his residence until his death in 1919. The building is now owned by and houses The Bulldog Trust - a charitable foundation. The splendid neo-Gothic mansion sits slightly set back from the Embankment on Temple Place, about 200 yards upriver from Blackfriars Bridge.


Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place WC2 Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 4.30pm Wednesday 10am - 9pm Sunday 11am - 4.30pm Closed on Tuesdays Admission: Free www.twotempleplace.org


Barbican Art Gallery Th


e Bride and th Duch Rausch Until 9th June T


his is the first exhibition to examine the impact and influence of Dadaist/Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)


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on four great modern American artists - composer John Cage (1912-1992); dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg (1925- 2008) and Jasper Johns (born 1930). The exhibition explores their creative exchanges and collaborations and features 25 works by Duchamp, including The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), and more than 30 by Rauschenberg and Johns, as well as music by Cage and live dance performances of Cunningham choreography.


Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre Daily 11am - 8pm Wednesday 11am- 6pm


Thursday Late Opening until 10pm Tickets: Standard £10 online/ £12 on the door


Concessions £7 online/ £8 on the door www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery


Goldsmiths’ Hall Growing T


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Jewellers and silversmith Th


e Goldsmith G Until 13th April


rowing Talent looks at the work of 80 jewellers and silversmiths who first exhibited as recent graduates at the Goldsmiths’ Fair and explores how the Goldsmiths’ Company has supported and encouraged these young designer- makers in the early stages of their careers over the past decade. The curator, Mary La Trobe- Bateman, has taken as her theme ‘something old, something new’ to show the development of these designers. Each is displaying a piece which they showed at their very first Goldsmiths’ Fair together with a new item made specifically for this exhibition.


“It is fascinating to see how all these young craftspeople are developing” said La Trobe-Bateman, “and what is even more encouraging is the fact that


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