CAST studio holder Nina Royle is the senior painting technician at Falmouth School of Art, a role that involves running workshops and tutorials to think through how the materials and the conceptualisation of paintings connect and interrelate. She has been creating the job from scratch and describes herself as learning on her feet, unsure of where it will lead.
Throughout June Nina worked with graduating painting students to produce an exhibition on the Painters Network South West instagram account. Inter Alia asks what it means to translate a physical painting show into one that is virtual: what is lost and what is gained in this translation?
Caught in the rapids of digitisation, painting is a medium that I think of as sticking out awkwardly, like a stone breaking the flow. For some, this suggests that it is a medium that fails to speak to the present, but I have always thought this awkwardness is painting’s greatest strength. As a result of the lockdown, with eyes burning from yet another Zoom or Skype or Teams meeting, I’ve had to think more closely than ever before about this awkwardness and how painting, and teaching painting, can translate onto a screen. How can I teach something which is about the nuance of pigments, the feel of materials and contact via gesture?
Contemplation of these questions led Nina to invite Dan Howard-Birt, painter and director of Kingsgate Project Space in London, to conduct three online conversations with the students, on the theme of painting in relation to Touch, Translation and Present Space.
The participants are Anna Calleja, Livia Gravil, Elizabeth Langley, Danae Patsalou, Sophie Perkins, Natasha Sadier and Catalina Maria Ungureanu.