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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Anthology of Rural Life - Photographic Archive at Newlyn Art Gallery

The project will be open on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th between 10am - 12am.

Open to all!



The Anthology of Rural Life is a collaborative photographic project whose intention is to produce a record of life in rural communities across Europe. So far work has been produced in Cornwall, south west Finland and the Italian Alps with new work being planned for eastern Poland in July 2017.





The project has involved working in partnership with, amongst others, the Cornish Studies Archive, Arts Council England, SARKA (the Finnish National Museum of Rural Life), Plymouth University, the Institute of Contemporary Photography, Milan and the University of Life Sciences in Warsaw.

As part of our residency with the Transitions programme we would like to invite x3 groups of individuals from the local community into the Newlyn Gallery on Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of February between 10am and 12 am.


Photographer Colin Robins is on hand to talk about the archive...


There will be an opportunity to view the exhibition of ARL work, to speak to the photographers, discuss the work on show and to get involved with editing a journal of the work which can be taken away and kept by the participants.

and your selected prints can be arranged and taken away in book form.



We are very aware of the history of the involvement between artists and the Newlyn community which goes back to the Newlyn School of Painting of the late nineteenth century. It seems apt and appropriate to acknowledge that history with this contemporary community project.

Deep-sea trawler skipper, Mevagissey.

Colin Robins, one of the photographers says:

"Ideally we would like to have representatives from three distinct, but related groups:

• Retired fishermen and/or wives of retired fishermen
• Those involved in the contemporary fishing industry
• Women from the local Newlyn community (perhaps wives of working fishermen)

The ARL’s involvement with the Newlyn Gallery will allow for the interaction of members of the contemporary fishing community with a project that documents rural life now. The intention will be realised through discussion about the work within the gallery and the physical engagement of working with photographs (editing, sequencing and binding) which will then be taken back into the Newlyn community.

One of the significant things for us is the history of artist's interactions with the Newlyn (fishing) community which of course goes back to the C19th & is commemorated at Penlee House in Penzance. The Newlyn Gallery was established as a showcase for 'Newlyn School' painting so seems an appropriate venue to explore this relationship today. However we're keen to kind of reverse the trajectory and have the community look at us rather than the other way around."