Falmouth School of Art (1968-71)
|Mike Wilson: Technical Assistant and general fixer at the school has donated his collection of negatives from this period (1967-72). Most of the 35mm negatives were taken by John Wilkinson (Head of Photography Dept.) and are exceptionally sharp (he was the only one to own a Nikon camera with a great set of lenses).|
|Nothing was too much trouble for John Wilkinson, his enthusiasm kicked off as soon as the idea was being formulated, he seemed to be as young as the students. These pages contain photos he took especially for the prospectus and start from the year 1967 to 1972.
Paul Reece is on the right.
|Paul Reece would make meticulous constructions out of Perspex, I remember the edges were perfectly chamfered.|
|Julie Kendrick designed and organized a ballet based on the chess board, she carefully choreographed the actors to synchronize with the music she made.|
|Between 1969-70 there was a big influx of money coming into the art school and one of its priorities was to step up the music side as some of the tutors were beginning to open up the constrains of the traditional learning map. The new Sound Dept. was headed by Howard Rees who purchased one of the first synthesizers, the VCS3. This was cutting edge for those times and we were able to mix down onto two reel to reel Revox tape machines. Below Howard is showing Barbara Allen some of the first tricks with the new oscillators.|
|Clive Dilnot and Roger Clemens were in my year, they spent there time under the guidance of Ray Exworth (Head of Sculpture)|
|Dave Westby joined that year and produced powerful images that surprised the staff.|
|Leonie would organise trips outside the school and the village of Flushing (across the river) would be popular, the odd easel would unfold and some people would catch winkles in the rock pools where they would be cooked and eaten within the hour. .................mouseover image for names.|
|We'd get a visit from Bruce Lacey every year or so, with all the money sloshing around he had a great time wrapping up the students in plastic and throwing paint everywhere, maybe a few sacks of rotting cabbages thrown in for good measure............|
|Meanwhile John Wilkinson would be taking pictures of model Susan Yates with those irresistible Jill Donald jellies......|
I was touched by the letter that former student Martina Weatherley wrote about Lionel (Letters & Obituary) that I felt it necessary to reproduce it here, she writes:
I don't know why I never thought to look up Lionel on the internet before now. I was momentarily very taken aback and very sad to learn that he had died, but then I found it impossible to think of him for more than a few moments without feeling very happy. I was a student at Falmouth School of Art between 1979 and 82, so it was my great good fortune to catch him or be caught by him, just before he left.
|Below is a ceramic Lionel made in the 60s: Hare-Woman..........He describes the imagery as '...like the super-human animal
headed Egyptian Gods, the black back for night, the pale front for day, the black Pluto figure in his Underworld tomb...and the two dancers for the music of existence.' She was found under a caravan near Goonhavern in 1996 and is on loan to the Museum of Witchcraft................................................................................................. (photo courtesy of Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle).........Witchcraft Museum website
|Louis Turpin painted and made films during these years and the photography department had just started to introduce filmmaking on a regular basis. It was a good time to experiment as we were the first year to set foot on that territory.|
|Below are some scenes from Louis film 'Capricorn' that was shot in the Ship & Castle pub.|
|Francis Hewlett: Painting Dept. Principal Lecturer||David Heseltine: Ceramics Dept. Lecturer / Demonstrator|
|Derek Wilshaw: Lecturer in the Ceramics Dept. looks as if he might have influenced Jill Donald with his work but it was the other way round.|
|Jill Donald's ceramics for the Diploma Show - 1970|
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