It’s no surprise visitors return year on year to the wonderful Atishoo Gallery in historic Charlestown.
Founded by Liz Hackney nearly 20 years ago, and based in the beautiful, historic harbour village of Charlestown for the last 13, Atishoo Gallery is the perfect place to pick up a gift or that special something for the home. Liz and her partner, artist and picture framer Paul Clark, put their success down to their family-friendly service and a philosophy of showcasing talented independent artists, many from Cornwall.
Liz and Paul are often helped by six-year-old daughter Eileen, who has been coming to work since she was six months old. Nowadays she’s always eager to help with displays, sticking on price labels, and even modelling the stock. “Customers come back every year asking where the baby is!” says Liz. Equally, they’ve followed their customers’ lives, many returning every summer. “Only this week a regular couple from Wales visited with their elderly dog, Suzie”, recalls Liz. “I remember when she first came here as a puppy!”
“Our artists, suppliers and customers have become our friends, and we love to stop for a chat”, adds Paul. “Regulars often pop in to buy birthday cards and gifts as they can trust that we’ll have a great selection. We are happy to find out extra information about our artists for people, and if we haven’t got quite what you’re after, we’ll do what we can to find the right piece.”
The gallery aims to offer British made, quality art, crafts and gifts with a quirky, fun feel, such as the homeware range from Emma Ball, with coasters, tablemats, trays and aprons. New this year is a wonderful range from Port Isaac artist Caroline Cleave, with her distinctive seafood designs featuring lobsters and crabs.
Liz continues: “We’ve seen a lot of changes to Charlestown over the years. When we opened it was quite a sleepy place, but many restaurants have opened since, and with the filming of Poldark the village seems to have suddenly been discovered. But, hidden up a little courtyard there’s still an air of tranquillity about our little bit of the village. We love being here, and are very grateful to the people of Charlestown for making us so welcome over the past 13 years – we hope to spend many more years here.” With a charming family business in a beautiful location, this seems pretty likely to us!
71 Charlestown Road, Charlestown,
St Austell PL25 3NL