Naomi Frears

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Born 1963


1982-86 Sunderland College of Art. BA (Hons) and Printmaking Prize
1981-82 Loughborough College of Art. Foundation

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Beaux Arts, Bath
1999, ’01, ’03, ’05, ‘07 New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives
1998 Glasshouse Gallery, Truro

Selected Group Exhibitions


Beaux Arts, Bath, Solo Exhibition
London Art Fair, Beaux Arts, Bath


Artists of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts, Bath


Beaux Arts, Bath, Solo Exhibition
Beaux Arts, Bath, 20/21 British Art Fair


Beaux Arts, Bath, Summer Exhibition
Beaux Arts, Bath, 20/21 British Art Fair


Artists of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts, Bath


Crossing Over Beaux Arts, Bath


Art London, Chelsea, London with Beaux Arts Bath
Art Now Cornwall, Tate Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall
London Art Fair, Islington, London


Artists from the Porthmeor Studios, St.Ives Society of Artists, Cornwall
From the Edge, Sherborne House, Dorset
London Art Fair, Islington, London
Porthmeor Printmakers Show and Porthmeor Studios portfolio, Tate Café, St.Ives, Cornwall


Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Coningsby Gallery (Sam Pease and Linda Stoneman), London
Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath


Critic’s Choice (John Russell Taylor) Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Art London and Lighter Brighter Oliver Contemporary, London
Porthmeor Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall
New Cornish Art Edgar Modern, Bath
London Art Fair, Islington, London
Drawing? Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

Critic’s Choice, (Joan Bakewell) Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Conflict and Resolution, Harbour House Gallery, Devon
ID, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
ART 2003, London with New Millennium Gallery


Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester
The Corporate Connoisseurs, (Sam Pease) London
A View of St.Ives, Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall



From the Heart, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Freelance Show, Tate Studio, St.Ives, Cornwall
A View of St.Ives, Belgrave Gallery, Cornwall



St.Ives Collyer Bristow, London
Cornwall Works Art for Interiors, London
Bank Street Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent



The New St.Ives Artists Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Kent
Freelance Show, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall
White Gallery, Brighton
Gallery 27, London
Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Living On The Line, The Count House, Botallack, Cornwall


ART 98, London (Marsden Contemporary Art)
Off The Wall, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Private Chambers, Truro Crown Court, Cornwall
New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall



Spectrum, Contemporary British Printmaking, Manila, Philippines
Freelance and Print Show, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall
Cornwall Now, Art for Interiors, Cornwall
Lineart, Ghent, Belgium
Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair
Adam Gallery, Bath
ART 97, London (Marsden Contemporary Art)



20th Century British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
ART 96, London (Marsden Contemporary Art)
Freelance Show, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall
St.Ives Now, Collyer Bristow, London



Lineart, Ghent, Belgium
Print Show, Tate, St.Ives, Cornwall
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol



National Print Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Freelance Show, Tate, St.Ives, Cornwall
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall
Treliske Hospital, Truro, Cornwall



Print Show, Restaurant, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall
12 Contemporary Painters, Trewithen House, Cornwall
Rainy Day Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall (in three person exhibitions each year until 1999)

Penwith Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall (in exhibitions until 1999)
Penlee House Museum, Penzance, Cornwall



Will’s Lane Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall
Penlee House Museum, Penzance, Cornwall



Falmouth College of Art
Sunderland University
Cornwall County Council
Royal Cornwall Museum Truro
Slaughter and May London
Truro School


1993 Twenty-two Painters…. Marion Whybrow
2001 Behind the canvas Sarah Brittain / Simon Cook, Truran
2002 ARTNSA Newlyn Society of Artists
2003 Catching the Wave Tom Cross, Halsgrove
2006 Art about St.Ives Roy Ray and Colin Orchard

Catalogues include Living on the Line (1999) and for solo exhibitions at the New Millennium Gallery in 1999, 2001, 2003 (foreword by Elizabeth Knowles), 2005 and the gallery’s winter 2003-2004 catalogue.

Work in Education & Residencies

Tate St.Ives (1993 – 2007)
As one of the education department’s regular freelance artists, devise and lead practical sessions with teenagers, adults and specialist groups in gallery spaces at the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum.

Newlyn Art Gallery (1995 – 2006)
Design and lead occasional courses for adults.

Porthmeor Print Workshop, St.Ives (1995 – 2006)
Teaching and co-ordinating printmaking courses in monoprinting and collagraph.

Dartington Hall Dartington, Devon 1999
Experimental Landscape Printmaking course
(Reviewed in The Times by undercover journalist participant)

Royal Cornwall Museum 1998, 2000, 2001
Organised and lead various printmaking courses for teenagers, families and adults

The King’s School Worcester November 2001
Artist in residence

Vyner’s School London. November 2002 and November 2005
Artist in residence

Public Relations

~ Featured artist on Coast (BBC TV) Nov 06
~ Subject of Process a film by Stuart Lansdowne 05/06
~ 2004 December 18 Guardian Artist of the Month.
~ Elected member of Newlyn Society of Artists 1999
~ Member of Porthmeor Printmakers, from 1991 involved in fund-raising, setting up and running of only open-access non-profit making print studio in Cornwall
~ Painting chosen for cover of Write for Life by Nicki Jackowska.
~ Commissioned to design gallery activity packs by Tate St.Ives (1998)
~ Painting chosen for cover of Guardian Supplement Living on the Edge ~ Discovering Cornwall’s Creative Scene (June 2004)
~ 1987–1989 Made 25,000 mile motorcycle journey through Europe, Asia and Australia, visiting English speaking prisoners for Prisoners Abroad in jails in Turkey, Pakistan, India and Nepal.
~ 1991 Organised, curated and transported an exhibition of British contemporary work to two venues in Bangkok, the profits from which built a school in a Red Karen village in the far north of Thailand.