Take a look at highlights from Bridgeman Studio and the Artists’ Collecting Society’s trip to Cornwall in March 2017

Last month, the Bridgeman Studio team took a trip down to Cornwall to visit a number of artists and their Porthmeor Studios. Whilst in Cornwall, we also took a trip to Falmouth Art School where we visited the studios, met with students and gave a talk on all things Bridgeman Studio!


Porthmeor Studios is one of the oldest artist studios complexes in the UK. The studios became an inspiring workplace and exhibition space for internationally acclaimed artists, including some of the big names of 20th Century British painting, such as Julius Olsson, Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon, Patrick Heron and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Today their paint marks still decorate the studio walls where important pieces of work were created.



Naomi Frears’ studio was once used by Francis Bacon, the figurative painter known for his bold, grotesque, emotionally charged and raw imagery.



Sax Impey’s work often covers his experiences at sea.



Whilst in Cornwall, we visited various galleries including the Newlyn Art Gallery and the Lemon Street Gallery, currently showing a great exhibition by artist David Martin and also the Belgrave Gallery showing a retrospective of artist Brian Rice.



The trip was initially organised by the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS), a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that administers intellectual property rights on behalf of visual artists. They are giving one student at Falmouth University a £1,000 prize to cover costs of materials during their final year of study. They travelled down to meet with the candidates of the ACS Materials Prize and to give talks to fine art students at Falmouth and to artists at the Porthmeor Studios on intellectual property rights, which the Studio team contributed to.

ACS then met with auction houses to discuss Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) and how they can help artists to receive these royalties. They also even found the beneficiary of an estate who is due to receive thousands of pounds in royalties – despite their many letters he hadn’t yet signed with ACS and while they were in the area for the Falmouth University prize, Artists’ Collecting Society Senior Manager Kim thought she’d pop in to see him, much to his surprise!

Are you a fine art student or recent graduate? Enter the ACS Studio Prize 2017 to be in with the chance of winning £6,000 for your artist studio:  www.acsstudioprize.com 



Bash, 1971 / Eduardo Paolozzi


Find out more

See what’s on at the Newlyn Art Gallerythe Lemon Street Gallery and the Belgrave Gallery

Discover how you can commission a Bridgeman Studio artist

Listen to our podcast of Bridgeman Studio chatting to ACS

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