Supported by Decibel, Arts Council South West, the Esme Fairbairn
Foundation, Creative Skills Consortium
and Tate St Ives Members
Partou Zia, In Times Relief, 2003
© Partou Zia
Tate St Ives in partnership with the Borlase Smart,
John Wells Trust, has launched an important new initiative
to provide artists living in Cornwall with a residency fee and studio
to support the development of their professional practise.
This ambitious scheme will have a lasting legacy in
terms of the support that Tate St Ives offers each artist. Using
one of the historic Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, previously occupied
by Borlase Smart, Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron, each artist will
have the opportunity to raise the scale of ambition in their work.
The pilot year has involved Partou Zia who has been
offered an exhibition at Tate St Ives alongside Alan Davie (25 October
2003 – 25 January 2004). Persian born Zia has lived in Newlyn,
Cornwall since 1993, and during her residency at Porthmeor Studios
she was invited to respond to the work of an artist represented
in the Tate Collection.
Zia has been inspired by the prophetic writing and
illustrations of William Blake, and her work explores a personal
journey of self discovery. Through these vibrant, painterly canvases,
she draws the viewer into the poetics of her world. The colour and
depth of these symbolic works unfold in a cultural, spiritual and
philosophical inquiry as Zia reconciles a sense of her isolated
existence as an Asian female artist practising in South West England.
In response to Blake’s visionary language, Zia’s
evocative paintings offer relevance in relation to the human condition.
The work of William Blake will also be on show at Tate St Ives from
25 October 2003 – 25 January 2004.
Each artists’ residency will be accompanied
by a publication, including an essay by a writer based in Cornwall.
Dr Virginia Button will write the first essay on Partou Zia’s