• Image: Liv Preston, Bethamez (Craven) 2019, © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • Image: Bob Robinson, A Preference for Crisps, 1979, © the artist.
  • Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme
    Image: Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme
  • Image: Maeve Brennan, The Drift, 2017, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist. Image courtesy of Chisenhale Gallery.
  • Image: Bedwyr Williams, The Burn, 2012, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
  • Image: Simple Truths, installation shot by Steve Tanner

19 Feb — 04 Jun 2022

The Exchange

Simple Truths is part of our New Voices Programme, which gives a platform to members of our community not often heard, through the curation of works selected from the Arts Council Collection.

The artworks for Simple Truths have been chosen by dads from the WILD Young Parents Project, who we have been working with since March 2021, from their allotment in Pengegon, Camborne.

With each visit to the allotment the dads were asked to select an artwork from the Arts Council Collection catalogues, which were kept in the allotment shed. Marking their choices with a Post-it note and a line about why they’d chosen it, an interesting collection of works has steadily formed. Choices reflect how the dads were feeling in that moment or spoke of a past experience or of future ambitions. Over a brew from a ghillie kettle, conversation flowed, exploring their choices and often providing the starting point for personal reflections around mental health or what was happening in their lives in that moment.

Simple Truths includes paintings, photographs, and sculptures by

David Batchelor / Maeve Brennan / Shezad Dawood / Laura Ford / Dan Holdsworth / Seamus Nicolson / Richard Patterson / Liv Preston / Bob Robinson / Caroline Walker / Bedwyr Williams

Read Simple Truths wall labels as a PDF

Listen to some of the people behind Simple Truths talk about the WILD Young Parents Project and the curation of this exhibition from their Camborne allotment in this Cornwall Live interview.

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, curated by dads from the WILD Young Parents Project.

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is an Arts Council Collection National Partner. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.

Find out more about the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme.

Please note: dogs are not permitted in the gallery spaces during this exhibition but they are welcome in the shop and cafe areas.

Venue: The Exchange
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Open: DAILY, 10.00 - 17.00

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