Wet Auction 2016

Image: Wet Auction (Photo: Steve Tanner)

01 Oct 2016

Newlyn Art Gallery & Off Site

As an innovative fundraiser, we are holding the south west’s first ever Wet Auction on Saturday 1st October. 

In recognition of Newlyn’s history of ‘plein air’ painting, artists will be invited to leave their studios, equipped with materials and a packed lunch, and spend a day working outdoors in Newlyn, Penzance and further afield in Penwith. At the end of the day at Newlyn Art Gallery, buyers will have the opportunity to bid on the works created that very day, which may, in some cases, still be wet.

With more than 50 artists taking part this fundraising event should prove to be a fun opportunity for residents and visitors to spot artists at work in and around the town, as well as at some of our partner venues including Newlyn Filmhouse, The Gurnard’s Head, The Old Coastguard, Jubilee Pool, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, and even one artist sailing to the Isles of Scilly and back on the Scillonian.

You can follow their movements throughout the day via social media using #wetnewlyn.

By 19.30, the works – a spontaneous snapshot of a West Penwith day – will be hung in the upper gallery ready to be auctioned. The Wet Auction, like the day, will be fast-moving and fun; with music, food from Little Wonder Café and the Studio Café Bar open. Viewing from 18.30.

Wet Auction Artists

Richard Ballinger, Sam Bassett, Simon Bayliss, Nicola Bealing, Romi Behrens, Lizzie Black, Virginia Bounds, Alice Ellis Bray, Nicky Carlyon, Ilker Cinarel, Richard Cook, Jess Cooper, Gillian Copper, Ali Corder, Mary Crockett, Connor Darling, Bob Devereux, India Dewar, Naomi Frears, Anthony Frost, Luke Frost, Catherine Haines, Ken Gill, Stacey Guthrie, James Hankey, Becky Haughton, Mark Jenkin, Judith Kerr, John Keys, Elizabeth Loveday, Jonty Lees, Peter Lower, Alice Mahoney, Annie Metcalfe, Roy McInnes, Mat McIvor, Callum Mitchell, Dena O’Brien, Maggie O’Brien, Caroline Pedler, Jill Pierre, Michael Porter, Jane Pugh, Rachael Reeves, Ben Sanderson, Jayne Anita Smith, Jesse Leroy Smith, Lucy Stein, Mark Surridge, Steve Tanner, Marion Taylor, Shelly Tregoning, Jason Walker, Kate Walters, Pete Webster, Lucy Willow and more names to be confirmed.


En Plein Air
En plein air, or plein air painting, is a phrase used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. Artists have always painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the various schools of painting, including the Impressionists. The Newlyn School is considered a major proponent of the technique in the latter part of 19th century.

Catalyst: Evolve is a scheme offering funds matching any philanthropic gift designed by Arts Council England to encourage and celebrate public and business support of arts organisations such as Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. As well as the opportunity to acquire some very fresh (perhaps even wet) new work, buyers can enjoy the fact that all proceeds will be matched pound-for-pound by the Catalyst:Evolve scheme, thereby DOUBLING all funds raised towards the gallery’s programme of support for young artists from the region.

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