Cornwall Living 2018

Art news & views

The Customs House Gallery looks forward to spending another year sharing with you some of the best Cornish artwork

A gallery found overlooking the stunning and inspiring harbourside town of Porthleven, The Customs House Gallery, boasts a varied and impressive exhibition of local and locally inspired artists. Here, amidst pieces of artwork that perfectly capture the diverse and captivating landscape we live in, you can find art that is attainable by anyone. Due to the gallery’s hugely successful inclusion in the Own Art scheme you can purchase your perfect piece of art and spread the cost over ten months with no interest, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the fantastic artwork Cornwall produces.

But that isn’t all this local favourite has to offer. Pop in and make use of the bespoke framing service, which has gone from strength to strength this past year thanks to increasing and returning local business as well as from visitors.

In 2017 the gallery will be holding ‘meet the artist’ sessions, in which gallery artists take residence in the gallery for a day or two to demonstrate their painting techniques, the dates for which will be released soon.

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Plymouth College of Art staff provide pointers on the perfect portfolio

It can be a daunting task putting together a creative portfolio, so we caught up with some Plymouth College of Art programme leaders to get their top tips on the application process. One of the standout impressions taken from portfolios is clear passion for the subject and the sense that you will genuinely love what you’ll be studying. They also want to see process of thought throughout your portfolio choices, such as the journey of design and what you felt worked. “Each portfolio choice should be something that has a story to it,” says Kevin Jenkins, BA (Hons) Product Design and Innovation.

In fact, by combining passion and reasoning your portfolio, should be brimming with projects that exemplify your thought progressions, skills and ambitions. Of course, the ideas and your ability to be open minded are paramount, as Mohini Chandra, BA (Hons) Photography discusses: “We want to see your willingness to experiment and try something new – we’re
all about pushing boundaries and broadening your knowledge.”

If you are struggling with your application, get in touch with Plymouth College of Art’s Admissions Team on 01752 203400 or, or you can sign up to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Open Afternoon on Saturday 11th February.

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