Diane Spiers is a visual artist and member of Lands End School of Art, with an extensive background in Community Arts, Health, Education and Heritage Interpretation. She is a trained teacher, therapist and facilitator with experience of working with a broad range of ages and abilities, and has specialist skills in working with mental health, disability and inclusion. Diane offers courses ini printmaking, drawing, painting and heritage linked arts and crafts.
Spittle came from Birmingham to Cornwall in 1913. Working previously as a figure painter, when he moved to Carbis Bay near St Ives, he turned his hand to marine painting. His working studio was 6, Piazza in St Ives, and he engaged in community art activities (see Tovey).
At Show Day March 1914 the St Ives Times reported that the artist had engaged in figure work before coming to the town. He exhibited at the 1916 Show Day as well.
His early death at the age of 59 came suddenly and unexpectedly, and the artist is buried at St Uny churchyard, Lelant.
Paul Spooner was born in Preston, Lancashire. From an early age he had mechanical interests. In 1964 he completed a pre-Diploma course at Lancaster College of Art where he made a clock and a steam engine from wood. At Cardiff from 1966 to 1969 he studied Art and Design, specialising in mechanical sculpture.
In 1974 Paul moved to Stithians, Cornwall. He made weaving looms for his wife Sue, but mainly worked as a van driver. It wasn’t until 1981 that he made his first edition of automata featuring the Egyptian Jackal-headed God, Anubis.
For the next two years he made small machines usually sold in limited editions through Cabaret Gallery in Falmouth. In 1983 Cabaret became a Mechanical Theatre (CMT) and between 1985 and 2000 it was located in Covent Garden, London, with over 40 of Paul’s machines in the collection. The exhibits now tour around the world.
Since 1986 Paul has collaborated with Matthew Smith on the design of a series of small editions. These are still made regularly for CMT by Matthew under the name of The Fourteen Ball Toy Co.
Paul has also produced two card cutout books; Spooner’s Moving Animals and The Museum of the Mind, as well as the children’s book, Red Roger.
In 1989 he was one of the main artists involved in designing and building the Ride of Life. Since then he has a had number of commissions for larger work including exhibits for the Science Museum and a group of life-size animated figures for Louis Vuitton, the luggage maker (1995). His television programme, Mechanisms (part of the Machinations series), was broadcast by Channel 4 in 1995.
Paul Spooner’s work combines humour and an obsessive attention to detail with delightful and intriguing mechanisms.
Born in Aberdeenshire, the painter Elspeth Spottiswood married (1949) the late festival founder and agriculturist-poet Michael Milburn, and they lived at Bocaddon, Lanreath, Cornwall. Here they brought up four sons and one daughter. He died in 1993.
Her work has been exhibited at the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance.
Latterly she translated works from the Italian by Dacia Maraini (Woman at War, etc.) with the late horticulturist and garden writer, Dick Kitto (d 1999).
An experienced teacher, Mark Spray is a tutor on the three-day Cornish Landscape course at the Newlyn School of Art in Chywoone Hill, Newlyn.
Originally from Derbyshire, he moved to Cornwall in 2000. His art training was taken at Manchester Metropolitan University and then at Goldsmiths, London. His first solo show in Cornwall was in 2007 with the Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth. He works from Trewidden Studios, West Cornwall.
Mark makes a feature of incorporating parts of the landscape within his mixed media paintings.
He was born in Valaparaiso, Chile, and came to England in 1891. He studied art at the Slade School and with Stanhope FORBES at Newlyn - aged 20 in 1901, he was a boarder in the home of Mary Beer at Paul near Penzance.
Later he lived in Chelsea, joining the New English Art Club in 1919. In 1918 he exhibited with the Friday Club at the Alpine Club Gallery in London.
The artist lived at Ross, Herefordshire, Swansea and London (Wood). He exhibited Newlyn at the RBA in 1873, and in the same year, Watergate Bay, Cornwall at the RA. His exhibit At Newlyn, Mounts Bay, Cornwall was shown in 1874 at the RA.