Cornwall Living 2016

Art news & views

Coastal inspiration at Spindrift Gallery on the Roseland

Overlooking the sea at Portscatho on the Roseland peninsula, Spindrift Gallery showcases work both of the area and by the people who live and work there. The artists and craftspeople featured produce a varied selection of work – ceramics, fused glass, paintings, prints, sculpture and jewellery are displayed amongst driftwood, beach finds and quirky automata inspired by the stunning surroundings of beaches and coves of the area.

The gallery team have been kept busy this summer with a particular surge in visitors this September, as Cynthia Greenslade from Spindrift explains. “New visitors to the area, many from abroad, the rise in the area as a wedding destination and the return of valued existing customers who over the years have supported us so well have made it a brilliant start to the autumn for us – so thank you all!”

The gallery is open throughout the year from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 5pm, and if unable to pop down in person, have a look at its stunning collection on Facebook and Etsy.

For more information call 0187 2580155 or visit www.spindrift-gallery.co.uk

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Introducing Nicholas Smith, artist in residence at the Bank Square Gallery, St Just

Artist Nicholas Smith started painting when he was just 15 in his native Fenland surroundings. Subjects as small as butterflies, bees and ants were commonplace in his photorealistic wildlife paintings but now, 40 years on and living in Cornwall, his eye is turned towards the interaction between the sky and the sea and the quite distinctive light of the Penwith area.
Oils on board or canvas capture the changing moods of our rugged coastline with its granite outcrops and manmade sculptures of engine houses and farm buildings.

The Bank Square Gallery is open all year round and can be found opposite the clock tower in St Just, where Nicholas can often be found working on his latest painting. There are over 160 signed limited edition reproductions available through his website.

For more information call 01736 788222 or visit www.nicholassmithartist.com

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Christmas at Truro Arts

If trudging around the shops this Christmas doesn’t inspire, Truro Arts is the place to give you a festive lift.

Nestled in the leafy heart of the city, Truro Arts is one of the gems of Truro. The beautiful building offers the most comprehensive selection of art supplies in the south west alongside a fascinating range of imaginative, arty and just plain gorgeous gifts. If you’re finding it difficult to choose, gift vouchers are available too.

You can sign up for one of the Christmas art workshops that will be held on the mezzanine floor, or if you just need a break you can enjoy a delicious lunch in the airy café space or an artisan coffee on the fireside sofas. To spread some Christmas cheer, Truro Arts is offering a complimentary tea or coffee with this article, so bring it along and sample the atmosphere of this unique place for free!

Find the Truro Arts Company at 26 River Street in Truro, next door to the museum.

For more information call  01872 240567 or visit  www.truroartscompany.co.uk/truroartscompany

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Local and distinctive designer artworks at The Poly Guild

From established names to the next generation, The Poly Guild stocks a range of beautifully made work from artists and craftspeople who live locally or who studied at Falmouth University. Work includes jewellery, ceramics, prints, glass and 3D work, exclusively available through the Poly Guild, making the range truly local and distinctive.

The Guild is an Own Art gallery, which makes buying original art easy and affordable by enabling you to spread the cost of your purchase over ten months with an interest-free loan. The Guild is proud to support our local makers and works with them to bring unique, intriguing and high quality craftsmanship to the high street.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm, at 24 Church Street in Falmouth TR11 3EG. For more information call 01326 319461, follow us on Twitter@thepolyguild or visit www.thepoly.org

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Always something new to see at The Poly Galleries

The Poly Galleries are also based in the iconic Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society building in the heart of Falmouth. The ground floor gallery, the Spring Gallery, is the place to see work by a wide range of contemporary artists and craftspeople. Exhibitions change every week, so there’s always something new to see.

The second floor is home to the Main Gallery, the Poly’s largest exhibition space. The Annual Members’ Summer Exhibition is held there every August, with over 40 members taking part. It also houses a number of Falmouth University’s end-of-year shows and has been used as a venue for seated musical concerts, a wedding and theatre performance this year.

Both galleries are available for booking – contact the Poly team for details.

For more information call 01326 319461, email info@thepoly.org or visit www.thepoly.org

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