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Dame Laura Knight RA Catherine Wallace Wednesday 10 October 2018

Laura Johnson was made a Dame in 1929 for her services to art and in 1936 became one of the first women to be elected as a full Royal Academician. She was also a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of Painter-Etcher. This talk will trace the artist’s style of painting from her early years as a student at Nottingham School of Art followed by the work she did at Staithes in Yorkshire. There is then a particular emphasis on her time in Cornwall between 1907-1919, as the light, landscape and artists she encountered there had a powerful effect on her art. Her important years as an official war artist in the Second World War complete this overview.


Catherine Wallace studied Fine art at Leeds and Canterbury followed by a Master’s degree in Art history and Museum studies at St Andrews University. She moved to Cornwall in 1993 where she managed Falmouth Art Gallery for 8 years, ran her own arts agency promoting Cornish contemporary art for 4 years and then managed a commercial gallery selling historic and contemporary art in Cornwall for nearly 10 years.