What’s On

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

The Heseltine Gallery is open for public viewings on Saturdays 10:00 – 15:00 and Wednesdays 17:00 – 20:00

If you have any queries regarding the Heseltine Gallery please email: heseltinegallery@truroschool.com

Current Exhibition

If I Were A Blackbird I’d Whistle And Sing – Bernard Irwin

18 October – 27 November 2019

Bold colour, striking abstraction and a commanding presence typify the paintings of Bernard Irwin. They invite us into an abstract world convincingly evoked through colour and line. Much of their power lies in the finely balanced relationship between the spaces of the often very brightly lit flat colours, which lend an artificial feel to foregrounded shapes, and the endless spaces they occupy – fluid, airy spaces created with multiple washed layers of paint.

These unexpected images surprise and delight, they are lyrical, quirky, sometimes humorous, with influences that range across the poetry of Rilke and William Carlos Williams, music [especially piano], gardens and Greek myth.


Upcoming Exhibition

Depiction- the human form

Heseltine Gallery, Truro is inviting expressions of interest from Artists and Sculptors to respond to the theme of Depiction – the human form. This is a figurative open art exhibition at Heseltine Gallery in Spring 2020, with submissions being selected by the Heseltine Guild and invited guest artist. Artists may interpret the theme in any medium. The Heseltine Gallery is set within the heart of Truro School and offers a large and commanding space with a vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows to allow work to be viewed at a distance and intimately.

We wish to encourage emerging and established artists to apply from across Cornwall and beyond. Work selected for this show will be hung alongside some of the figurative pieces from the Truro School Art Collection assembled over 40 years; a prestigious selection of works in many mediums created by Cornish Artists or artists with links to Cornwall, including works by Peter Lanyon, Eileen Cooper, Sir Terry Frost, Bernard Leach, Tom Cross, Elizabeth Hunter and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

How to Submit

Artists can submit up to two works.

Submissions should be JPEGS, ideally 1- 2MB and high resolution of 300dpi.

Images must not be smaller than 250KB nor larger than 2MB.

  • Fill as much as possible of the image with the work
  • Avoid any distortion in the image, e.g. take the photo directly in front of the work
  • Do not include watermarks or copyright on the work
  • Please include title, size of piece (framed and unframed), medium, weight of sculpture and year of making.
  • Works need to have been made within the last two years
  • Links to your website and maximum of 100 word statement on your artistic practice and response to Depiction.
  • There will be an administration fee of £30 for each selected artist. The exhibition will open in February 2020 and run for six weeks.

The Private View will be held on the evening of Friday 14th February.

Please email your submissions to heseltinegallery@truroschool.com by Wednesday 11th December.


Past Exhibitions

The Summer Student Show

The spectacular Summer Student Show will be available for viewings on Wednesdays 5 – 8pm and Saturdays 10am -3pm throughout the summer holidays and showcases student work from all year groups (Pre-Prep to Sixth Form).



Ashley Hanson

Journeys through the real and the imagination…

22 March – 22 May 2019

The Spring exhibition at The Heseltine Gallery, Truro, showcases the glorious colour of one of Cornwall’s leading painters, Ashley Hanson. His sensuous, enigmatic, canvases, painterly responses to place and the novel, blur the borders between fact and fiction, abstraction and figuration. A selection of paintings from his Cornish, ‘City of Glass’ and ’20 Books=20 Paintings’ series, will hang alongside works from many of the artists who inspired him – Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost – from the Truro School Collection.

A former architecture student who switched to Fine Art after being enraptured by a Peter Lanyon exhibition in 1978, Ashley Hanson is a prizewinning artist with an extensive national exhibition record including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, National Open Art, and The Discerning Eye. Recent exhibitions include Wells Art Contemporary and ‘Discovery: Contemporary Art Perspectives from England’ in New York.

The Heseltine Gallery is open for public viewings on Saturday 10:00 – 15:00 and Wednesday 17:00 – 20:00



4 – 15th March 2019
The Whale Song Scroll

Nine bands and solo artists from record labels Bella UnionTransgressive, and Lost Map Records, amongst others, passed an imaginary musical baton, each set of artists creating a track that only responded to the track that had gone before.

The initial band Landshapes brought the project to conclusion when they also made the tenth and final response.

The Whale Song Scroll used the abstraction of dance and physical movement to translate the sounds into gesture, then gesture into a purely visual medium.

Over a year in planning and making, the scroll is an artefact 10m in length, and uses traditional materials such as ink, gesso, and gold leaf to capture the essential dynamism of each track.

4 – 15th March 2019
The Heseltine Gallery is open for public viewings on Saturday 10:00 – 15:00 and Wednesday 17:00 – 20:00