Art informs more in our lives than many of us realise and is an essential building block of all that we have ever learned. From language development and decision making to cultural awareness and improved achievement in all areas of life, there is much that can and should be taken from having art in the home and in our world.
Alvaro Tamarit is an award winning painter, sculptor, installations artist and designer, creator of furniture as art and one of our amazing artists here at St Mawes Gallery. He uses primarily ‘stranded’ or reclaimed and recycled materials to produce work of extraordinary beauty and power. He also produces work that looks and feels intimate – expressing his conviction that art should be close and intelligible. (You can see some of this work in our gallery.) It is a conviction that he not only believes but lives; since 1999, his exhibitions have been accompanied by “learning experiences and the development of educational workshops”.
As it turns out, in 1999 he was ‘ahead of the curve’ in terms of our understanding of the relationship between art, learning and cognitive development. Because of what we now know about that relationship, we also know Tamarit, (and those like him who bring art into the lives and experiences of as many people as they can), have been providing an outstanding and much needed service to humanity! Why is this?