Cornwall Living

An artist’s emporium

Join us, as we look forward to a celebration of Atishoo Gallery’s two decades of providing a unique creative space in the heart of Charlestown.

Hidden behind pretty cottage gardens opposite the Old Charlestown Chapel, Atishoo Gallery will be celebrating 20 years in the town in 2023. Sometimes overlooked by visitors and locals alike due to its tucked-away location, it is a place well worth seeking out if you are in the area. Full to the brim with original art, prints, glassware, ceramics and homewares – from plush faux velvet cushions to beautiful lampshades – it’s not what you would expect from a normal formal gallery space and that is part of its elusive charm.

Owned and run by artists and bespoke picture framers Liz Hackney and Paul Clark, you’ll find originals and prints by both of them displayed amongst the eclectic collection of art and crafts from artists and designers across the UK, including Stephanie Axtell from Wadebridge and Duporth artist Alan Arthurs. New for this year, Atishoo is delighted to introduce collage artist Dawn Maciocia, based in Fife, Scotland. Her artwork, made with torn paper, includes foxes, hares, owls and British garden birds. She prints her own fabric from the designs and produces lampshades, cushions and tiles as well as limited edition prints of her stunning work. The lampshades are completed with recycled coloured glass lamp-bases and colourful flexes all handmade in the South West. Another new addition this year are raku clocks made by the incredibly talented Stonesplitter Ceramics which complement the colourful paintings that hang in the gallery. If you look very carefully, you’ll find a little mouse hidden on each clock!

Liz and Paul also offer a bespoke picture framing service from the onsite workshop with over 40 years of combined experience between them. Atishoo is the official picture framers for some of Cornwall’s leading artists, including Amanda Hoskin and Ben Taffinder; with an eye for detail, they are known for their quality framing work and are often booked up four to six weeks in advance, so it’s worth planning ahead if you have a show coming up and require their services.