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St Ives International (Pt 1) A Quality Of Light

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A Quality of Light (1997) was an international visual arts event featuring 14 artists from the UK and abroad. It was organised by 'St Ives International', a charitable company established to coordinate arts initiatives in Cornwall.

'The original impetus came from a discussion between Falmouth College of Arts and Tate Gallery St Ives which focused on the tendency to look back at the regions artistic history rather than towards new possibilities, including the work of the contemporary art practitioners in the locality'.


Geevor Tin Mine: Glen Onwin 'Blood of the Pelican'


St Ives Parish Church: Carol Robertson 'St Ia's Light'


Newlyn Art Gallery: Carl Cheng 'Ghostships'


Penzance Railway Station: Peter Freeman 'Light at the end of the tunnel'


Copperhouse Pool, Hayle: Ron Haseldon 'The Diver'


Newlyn Art Gallery: Mona Hatoum 'Current Disturbance'


Botallack Count House: David Kemp 'The Art of Darkness'


St Leonards Chapel, St Ives: Roger Ackling 'Untitled'



Other locations and artists:

Eastern House, Porthcurno: Paul Ramirez Jonas

Tate St Ives: Victor Grippo, Martina Kramer, Bridget Riley

St Nicholas' Chapel, St Ives: James Hugonin

Various locations, St Ives: David Medalla

click here for interview with Glen Onwin on 'Blood of the Pelican'