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28 Mar Shared Histories – Kim’s art on show in St.Ives in April


Shared Histories – 

Susan Kinley, Kim Bentley & Sally Spens

Salthouse 2, St.Ives

Shared Histories is the work of three artists with a common history, Sally Spens, Kim Bentley and Susan Kinley. Three artists who studied and developed in art together, each with successful national and international careers, be back together again for a special show at the historic Salthouse 2 in St Ives.

The three met and trained together at London’s Goldsmiths College. Independently hs moved from London to Cornwall and this spring they are combining with an exhibition of their work; held the same week that Tate St.Ives reopens after a major refurbishment.

Upstairs there is the simple and compelling humanity, and wit, at the heart of Kim Bentley’s painted and embroidered images of beach life, and beyond. Sally Spens’ intricate and delicate etchings often recall the subtleties and richness of textiles, while Susan Kinley’s translucent, jewel-like enamel panels encapsulate fragments of ancient landscapes across Britain.

From their starting points at Goldsmiths they have developed different areas of expertise, from large scale public art commissions to an internationally renowned textile design partnership, Bentley & Spens.  Downstairs the lower gallery is showing this wealth of experience including photographic documentation and larger scale works in glass and textiles, also interesting connections with Japan where all three have worked and exhibited.

The three former students and friends have rediscovered many common strands of work: a love of drawing, composition, fine detail and layering, and a deep love of the maritime county they all three live and work in. This and a fascination with material processes and experimentation that resonates in their individual work.


Salthouse 2, Norway Square, St. Ives, Cornwall. April 1-7     Open daily 10.30 – 6