Artistic tales from the Riverbank launch next week

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ON THURSDAY, May 7, the Riverbank, Truro will be celebrating the launch of its fourth exhibition of local artists.

The exhibition, which will be on show until July features four emerging local talents: Richard Viner, Dan Wood, Sophie Capron and Malcolm Lawrie.

Richard Viner – Born in Kenya, the artist developed a love for Africa and its people. After graduating in horticulture in the UK he moved in 1969 to reside and work on agricultural development in nine developing countries, first the Pacific (Fiji), then SE Asia and Africa.

Often living in remote areas, this gave an opportunity for insight and understanding of rural people, their culture and some of their developmental problems.

Digital photography became a hobby in 2004, eventually developing a distinctive style of “bleaching” photos. Subjects are mainly ordinary working people. All proceeds go towards Photos-4-development charity which supports women’s groups.

Dan Wood – Dan is an internationally exhibited artist who graduated with a degree in painting from Nottingham Trent University in 1998. He has taken part in exhibitions in Gothenburg, Sweden and Dublin and travelled in Australia, SE Asia and Europe since 2002, spending time in Cornwall and Devon while in the UK.

Sophie Capron – Sophie grew up in Cornwall, leaving to pursue her studies in art and textiles in Winchester and Japan, and is now a teacher in her subject at a local secondary school in Truro. Sophie is inspired by the idea that nature will inevitably impact on everything that is man-made; in doing so reclaiming its prominence and regenerating our interest time and time again – “It is the weathered brick wall that has something to say.”

Malcom Lawrie – Having originally studied 3D design, Malcolm has worked with many materials over the years. He is currently working with photographs building them into collages and three dimensional pieces. A lot of his inspiration comes from the natural world and could loosely be called sacred art.

Next Thursday will be the exhibition’s launch night, with live music from Truro’s own Jazz Funk Orchestra, led by Larry Johns. It will be a night of music, art and entertainment, as well as a chance to come and meet the artists.

Lauren Munding who organises the events with Rose Hatcher said: “This is our fourth exhibition at the Riverbank. I am really excited to see this new venue for art grow in success and become a rung in the ladder for aspiring artists.”

The exhibition runs until July in the Riverbank, Old Bridge St, Truro. The opening night runs from 7pm until late.

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