Recreating the ground-breaking exhibition held at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery in 1894 which brought together the best paintings produced by Cornish artists in the preceding ten years.
The ‘Special Exhibition of Pictures by Cornish Painters of Newlyn, St Ives, Falmouth etc’ consisted of over 200 works by 50 different artists, including Frank Bramley, Elizabeth Adela Forbes, Stanhope Forbes, Norman Garstin and Edwin Harris.
These were the leading names of British avant-garde art, pioneering methods acquired from their French contemporaries such as painting outdoors with square-tipped brushes. Less inclined to Impressionist tendencies, the Cornish artists were social realists who painted the local people and places in a characteristic grey light.
Curators from Nottingham and Penlee have worked tirelessly to source many of the paintings from the 1894 exhibition, shown alongside alternatives where the originals could not be traced.