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Subject:

Archive of artist Tom Cross, former Principal of Falmouth School of Art, now online

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Amy Robinson <[log in to unmask]>

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VADS: the online resource for visual arts

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Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:14:29 +0100

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A collection of images by painter and former Principal of Falmouth 
School of Art, Tom Cross, has been digitised and made available online 
via the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS). The collection was kindly 
donated to University College Falmouth by his widow Pat Cross who is 
keen to ensure the legacy of Tom's work continues and inspires students 
and artists alike, following his death in 2009.

Whilst in the role of Principal from 1976 to 1987, Tom Cross produced 
many paintings and drawings inspired by Cornwall's landscapes and 
seascapes. He felt it was important for students to be taught by 
practising artists and invited many key characters from the St. Ives art 
scene to teach at the College. Prior to his time at Falmouth, Tom lived 
and worked all around the country and abroad, and was influenced by a 
range of popular styles including French Modernism and Russian 
Constructivism, making him a key British twentieth century artist.

University College Falmouth acquired the Tom Cross Archive in 2010. The 
archive provides a personal account of the life and work of the artist 
and former Principal through sketchbooks, diary entries, news-cuttings 
and exhibition catalogues.

Following the donation of the archive, Pat Cross also donated a 
substantial collection of Tomís slides of paintings and drawings, which 
the University College has uploaded into its database 'The Image Space' 
for learning, teaching and research at University College Falmouth. Out 
of this collection, Pat has also kindly donated a selection of images 
for public access via VADS, as she was keen to share the prolific work 
of her late husband with a wider audience. Pat and the Image Collections 
Co-ordinator from University College Falmouth made the selection 
together, based on works which Pat thought were key in Tomís career and 
which showed a cross section of the range of work from different periods.

To view images from the Tom Cross Archive on VADS, please see:
http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/TCA

A case study on the digitisation of the collection at University College 
Falmouth has also been made available on the JISC-funded Look-here! 
project website at:
http://www.vads.ac.uk/lookhere/casestudies

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