‘The Drawing Tutor’ Floor Talk

Floor Talk by Artist Richard Cornes

Date: Apr 10 – Apr 10Space: Main Gallery

Join us at CAN for a floor talk by Richard Cornes, Saturday 10 April at 1pm. Entry is free and all are welcome. 

The focus of Richard’s floor talk ‘The Drawing Tutor’ is organised around his teaching at Essex University over the 2020-21 academic year; due to COVID, teaching he has been doing via zoom from NZ, back to the UK. As he has taught this year he developed images, both expressionist and abstract expressionist, related at least initially, to the tutorial topics concerning public law.

Richard’s floor talk follows the opening of a collaborative exhibition by himself and Carole Cornes, ‘Elysian Fields, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2021.’

Elysian Fields, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2021, is an exhibition about journeys in identities. Not just the conscious identities we tick boxes for on census forms, but identities explicit and tacit, conscious and unconscious, dialogues with our pasts, presents, and surroundings. Identities we often do not know, even as we live them. Identities we discover as we age into them. Identities, which are personal archaeologies, intimately linked to, and in dialogue with, our places in the world, professional and personal, temporal and spiritual.

A premise of the exhibition is that artistic expression – whether a simple doodle in a meeting, through to ‘real works of art’ – is the royal road to gaining some insight into understanding why we see our worlds, whether work or personal, as we do. A royal road to uncovering a deep understanding of ourselves, and the communities we are a part of.

The exhibition presents the creative works of: Carole Cornes, and Dr Richard Cornes (a senior lecturer in public law at Essex University in the UK. Carole and Richard’s works are drawings, paintings, and posters. Michael Cornes, Carole’s husband, framed all the works.

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