Cornwall LivingAutumn 2021
Framed in family
Celebrating its 19th year in the World Heritage port of Charlestown, Atishoo Gallery continues to evolve in an ever-changing world.
Founded in a small studio in 1997 by artist and designer Liz Hackney, Atishoo Gallery has been a permanent fixture of Charlestown since 2003, located in a charmingly converted stable that was formally the village butcher’s shop, and now houses the many treasures you can expect to find at Atishoo. Owned and run by Liz and her partner Paul, another artist and picture framer, the family run gallery exhibits their own original paintings, prints and arts cards alongside art, jewellery, crafts and homewares by more than 50 artists and designers from across the UK.
When 2020 came around and presented a perfect opportunity for Liz and Paul to explore ways in which they could use technology to improve their business and give their customers every choice available, they ran with it. Not only were they able to spend time increasing the amount of art and homewares available from their online shop while offering local and national delivery as well as a click and collect service, they invested in an advanced new till system that integrated with their website. The launch of their online bespoke picture framing service has meant that customers can upload their photographs, input the measurements, browse the stunning range of frame options and see virtual images of how the final framed picture could look, and with a wider variety to choose from, you can catch a glance of this virtual image in store too before making a final choice. Understandably, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive since the team implemented this fantastic option.
Having always focused on promoting UK-based artists, designers and makers, Atishoo makes a determined effort to stock items made locally and within the UK, with Devon-based illustrator Michelle of Dollyhotdogs being one of their most popular designers. Influenced by the coast and countryside, Michelle’s illustrations of octopuses, jellyfish, bees and seahorses are printed onto plump cushions, aprons, tea towels and cosmetic bags made from 100% unbleached cotton. Another Devon designer whose illustrations hark back to the 1930s’ travel posters with a modern twist belong to Becky Bettesworth, with one of her latest celebrating the Cornish pastime of outdoor swimming.
Open all year round from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, and positioned just up the hill from the harbour, Atishoo Gallery is ready and waiting to welcome you into a world of artistic creativity.