Pool Academy to officially launch its art gallery

Pool Academy’s Art Gallery is due to be officially launched this month displaying work from Cornwall School’s Art Collection.

The finishing touches are being made to the gallery ready to show work and sculptures from artists including Jacob Epstein, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallace and Terry Frost.

The gallery, called Pool School Gallery, is being created to put art at the centre of everyday life in the communities of Camborne, Pool, Illogan, Redruth and the Mining villages.

It will also allow the academy to host workshops and exhibitions from visiting artists for its students.

The gallery, which is being assisted be members of Cornwall Museum Partnership, Roche Court Education Trust and the Royal Cornwall Museum, will be open to the wider community on Fridays.

Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “We are very excited about Pool Academy’s Art Gallery.  

“We are currently blocking up windows and painting walls in readiness to receive our first selection from the Cornwall Schools’ Art Collection.  

“Our hope is that the Gallery will be used by our students and also the local communities.  

“We have been working with our artist in residence, Turner Prize nominee Hilary Lloyd, who has been helping us think about what our gallery should be like. 

“This month we will be inviting the community to the launch of the gallery.”

Pool School Gallery is a community interest company (CIC) with a board currently comprising Miss Meakin, Sara Matson, Curator at Tate St Ives; Lara Read, a Pool Academy Student, and Jonty Lees, Director at Pool School Gallery.

The gallery was recently given £950 of funding, thanks to Cornwall Councillor Philip Desmonde, through the Community Chest grant.

Christiana Richardson