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New Client : Newlyn School of Art

The Massey Partnership is delighted to announce that we are now representing Newlyn School of Art, the renowned art school in West Cornwall.

Newlyn School of Art was founded by local artist Henry Garfit in 2011 and is a dynamic and innovative art school situated in the heart of the famous artistic colony of Newlyn in Cornwall offering painting courses and mentoring to aspiring artists from around the country.

The art school shot into wider public consciousness last year when the BBC National Television News covered the art school for a piece about its record attempt successfully gathering around 1,000 artists to paint simultaneously on the cliff tops at Land’s End. The event went on national television as far afield as Australia and Pakistan. In 2020 the art school is being featured on the primetime More4 TV show Devon and Cornwall and on the new series of TV chef James Martin’s Highlands and Islands.

*Image courtesy of Jay Williams*


Newlyn has been a mecca for artists since the early 1880’s when many talented artists began to arrive in the area, drawn by the wonderful coastal landscapes and famous light. Newlyn offered these artists a wealth of local models and cheap accommodation within a beautiful fishing community which had been untouched by the industrial revolution. The term ‘the Newlyn School’ is used to describe this group of early artistic residents of Newlyn who were bound together by their shared belief in the importance of ‘en plein air’ (outdoor) painting.

Many well-known artists have lived and worked in Newlyn, including Sir Alfred Munnings and Dame Laura Knight both depicted in the 2013 box office film Summer in February staring actors Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper. Other well-known artists of the Newlyn School include Walter Langley, Elizabeth Forbes (nee Armstrong), Henry Scott Tuke and Thomas Cooper Gotch amongst many others but the artist most associated with Newlyn has to be the ‘Father’ of the Newlyn School of painters Stanhope Forbes.

Nowadays the area is hugely popular with working artists, with several thousand artists based in the peninsula. Newlyn School of Art welcomes artists of all levels to attend its courses, from complete beginners through to those more experienced artists who are mentored over a year. The short courses range in length from a weekend through to a One Week Landscape course tutored by three different leading landscape painters or the five night painting holidays on Tresco in the Scilly Isles. From March 2020 a new helicopter service will be running from Penzance to Tresco Island making the trip just a matter of minutes from Penzance which itself can be reached by train direct from London Paddington. This is the first time in nearly ten years that flights of any kind have gone from Penzance to Tresco.

Students who sign up to courses at Newlyn School of Art can enjoy learning from a host of Cornwall’s most talented artists through over twenty-five different art courses on everything from painting landscapes in oil or mixed media to experimental figure painting always in an energised and encouraging environment. Penwith is an area teeming with inspiration for artists, with a plethora of art galleries and studios. The inaugural Penzance Art Festival will run in June 2020, bringing together hundreds of local artists for a week of insight, exhibitions and seminars.

For further information or images please contact Diana Massey on 020 76373220