Arts and crafts diary of events in Cornwall

The Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) have compiled this list of arty and crafty events to put in your diary, going on down here in our beautiful Cornwall.

Please note that Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) do not organise any events ourselves, we publish event details for other local organisers, in good faith, but no responsibility can be taken for errors, event cancellations etc. Many of the organisers include contact details and you should always check directly with organisers for confirmation.

There are currently 19 listed here.

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The Drawing Laboratory

Friday, 21st May 2021 until Friday, 1st October 2021

Explore, evolve and expand the practice of drawing with Gillian Cooper, artist and curator.
Experimental sessions in The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery, tutored and self-directed, all abilities welcome.
Fridays, 10.30 – 13.00
Five week focus:
21/05/21 – 18/06/21 Drawing on the coast - Drawing on the edge: the tides, energies and form
02/07/21 – 30/07/21 Botanical explosions -  Drawing growth: moving marks with vegetation
03/09/21 – 01/10/21  Embodied drawing - Drawing the inside out: sensation and the breath
(these sessions involve some basic meditation).
£25 per session, 10% discount on 5 sessions. Booking essential.
Please email gillian.outofplace@gmail.com or call 07917 877 895 for more details or to reserve your place.
All our events and workshops will comply with current social distancing guidelines.
Newlyn Art Gallery New Road , Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/drawing-laboratory/

Perranporth Craft and Gift Fairs

Thursdays

Thursday, 1st July 2021 until Thursday, 16th September 2021
A nice selection of Cornish handmade gifts Over 12 talented crafters every week.
Plus a cafe in the annex serving delicious sandwiches, toasties, paninis, bacon baps.
Cream Teas and homemade cakes. Eat in or take away
We are also supporting Clay Country Cat Care We will be following Covid guidelines with sanitizer on entrances and exits.
Crafters will have hand sanitizer on their tables.
Please respect social distancing and it’s optional to wear a face covering.
Perranporth memorial Hall , Perranporth , Cornwall TR6 0EY


ozzyjames62@yahoo.co.uk

Kitty Hillier

Saturday, 24th July 2021 until Saturday, 4th September 2021

A new collection of two- and three-dimensional work.
Kitty Hillier’s work is rooted in what’s above and what’s below the surface, with a belief that all things are connected. Her paintings and sculptural installations comprise layers of overlapping biomorphic shapes derived from everyday details, made with a diverse range of materials and often painstaking processes of hand-construction that reflect patterns found in nature and the slow formation of structures over time.
Exhibition dates are subject to confirmation and / or change in line with government guidance on when we can reopen.
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road , Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/kitty-hillier/

Shelley Anderson

Saturday, 24th July 2021 until Saturday, 16th October 2021

Paintings and metal sculptural works by Newlyn-based Shelley Anderson.
Born and brought up in the creative environment of West Cornwall, artist and craftsman Shelley Anderson first started toying with metal in his dad’s garage. This led him to train in Silversmithing and Metal Fabrication at Falmouth College of Art. He uses new and innovative techniques to complement his traditional metalworking skills. He is inspired by roaming the coastline and landscape of West Cornwall, and lives and works in the industrial fishing port of Newlyn.
All works are for sale.
Exhibition dates are subject to confirmation and / or change in line with government guidance on when we can reopen.
The Exchange Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/shelley-anderson/

In Your Hands

Saturday, 24th July 2021 until Saturday, 16th October 2021

In Your Hands is a group exhibition connecting international artists with people in Cornwall in collaborations to realise or fabricate their artwork. The artists will be putting the making into others’ hands, inviting the unexpected possibilities from collaborations. Putting trust into others.
While the pandemic has brought restrictions to international travel and shipping, there is an ever growing desire to make connections with each other. Touch is very much missed, and In Your Hands invites a dance between continents; a call and response with letters and flowers; an ode to the home we all spend so much time in. A celebration of artists’ networks, for support, sharing and dialogue. Bringing people together to perform, to arrange, to make, and stitch.
Arinda Daphine, a poet and dancer, and civil rights lawyer, in Kampala, Uganda, is devising a new multi-discipline performance-for-camera with Shallal Dance Theatre, who have been celebrating diversity, ability and community in Cornwall for 25 years. Daphine is supported by BLACK* Artists on the Move.
Lenka Clayton + Phillip Andrew Lewis, both based in Pittsburgh, USA, is commissioning the oldest net-maker in the UK, Henry Cowls, still working from a factory in Helston, to make a single net that incorporates every variation of mesh that they produce. One impossible net that theoretically could catch everything, and nothing.
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, a Canadian artist based in Paris, will send a personal letter each week during the exhibition to a local florist, who will respond with a floral arrangement presented in the gallery – an intimate conversation developing over the summer.
Klaas Rommelaere, a textile artist based in Antwerp, is creating Home; the fabric walls of a room suspended in the gallery, furnished with cross stitched objects, ornaments and patterns. Over 60 people across Cornwall and the UK are stitching the pieces, including members of our Tea, Cake & Art group, and others who took part in our recent Extraordinary Postcards exhibition.
Kate Rich, artist and trader currently based in Tasmania, presents Feral Business, a redefinition of enterprise as ‘any productive activity that could bring us sustenance‘. For In Your Hands, she will link Newlyn Art Gallery to a number of international endeavours by artists to establish alternative economies.
Other international artist networks will be represented by Mothers’ Days, a book that shares accounts of the same single day from 81 people in 19 countries - all members of An Artist Residency in Motherhood.
Our collective of young artists, the Collaborators, will be invited by artist Georgia Gendall to participate in her ongoing project Forced Collaboration, devising instructions for visitors to create artworks.
A series of Artpods will be released during the exhibition, revealing the conversations between the artists and their collaborators while creating their projects.
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


 


www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/in-your-hands/

 

 

Outside the Algorithm

Saturday, 24th July 2021 until Saturday, 9th October 2021

Revealing the interconnecting links between online culture and human life.
Outside the Algorithm offers a lively space for interaction and reflection, with a range of media and artworks including interactive projections, a controversial electric-acoustic radio album, experimental film from international female artists, creative coding, and meditative GIFs.
Artists and works featured include Damjanski, a contemporary Yugoslavian artist living in a browser, and his experimental software called bye bye camera, an app that seeks to remove any human presence with a taste of the uncanny valley.
Chez Conversations, an all-female New York collective, present The Age of Misinformation, a short film that questions the reality of connection through technology. Viral Energy Game, a new interactive AR game from digital collective Keiken, explores our dependency and animistic nature towards our screens and how these self-centred technologies evoke connection yet can produce loneliness.
Cyber feminist Laurence Rassel and trans-activist Terre Thaemlitz present an excerpt from their electro-acoustic radio drama album (with spoken word), which examines gender politics and features Peggy Phelan. The cutting-edge work was deemed so controversial that German Public Radio banned it from broadcast.
More artists to be announced.
Inspired by a new wave of young creatives forging their practice through online platforms, this exhibition will host a programme of creative workshops for young audiences to develop digital skills throughout the summer.
Investigate digital culture, question your position as an online observer; and dare to ask what has this accelerated reliance on technology done for our mental health?
The Exchange Princes Street , Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/outside-the-algorithm/

SaltFest 2021

Saturday, 31st July 2021

After the cancellation of the Saltash May Fair, the Saltash May Fair Committee have teamed up with the Saltash Chamber of Commerce to run a new event on the 31st of July 2021. Titled "SaltFest", Saltash Fore Street will have a similar feel to the Saltash May Fair, with community stalls, art stalls, art displays, and retail vendors lining the street along with a community stage, whereas Longstone Park will turn into a festival style event, with a large stage, unique drink offering, and some fantastic festival entertainment.
SaltFest will run from 12noon - 6pm on Fore Street, with Longstone Park running on till 10pm (still starting at 12 noon).
The Saltash May Fair would usually attract circa 5,000+ visitors per day over 6hrs, this event runs for 6hrs and 10hrs, depending which area.
Visit our Facebook page
Fore Street, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6AE


info@diverse-events.com

SaltFest 2021

Saturday, 31st July 2021

After the cancellation of the Saltash May Fair, the Saltash May Fair Committee have teamed up with the Saltash Chamber of Commerce to run a new event on the 31st of July 2021. Titled "SaltFest", Saltash Fore Street will have a similar feel to the Saltash May Fair, with community stalls, art stalls, art displays, and retail vendors lining the street along with a community stage, whereas Longstone Park will turn into a festival style event, with a large stage, unique drink offering, and some fantastic festival entertainment.
SaltFest will run from 12noon - 6pm on Fore Street, with Longstone Park running on till 10pm (still starting at 12 noon).
The Saltash May Fair would usually attract circa 5,000+ visitors per day over 6hrs, this event runs for 6hrs and 10hrs, depending which area.
Visit our Facebook page
Fore Street, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6AE


info@diverse-events.com

Drawing Tours

Saturday, 31st July 2021

Drawing Tours Trewidden Garden Penzance
Explore the exotic plants and hidden corners of Trewidden garden through drawing and short, fun practical exercises, with Artist Gillian Cooper Last Saturday of the month 2.30-4pm.
£20 includes entry, all levels welcome £14.50 with season ticket
Bring: sketchbook preferred size, 4/5B pencils and rubber, hot/wet weather attire as appropriate Optional: charcoal, pastels/waterbased paints sketching stool booking essential: 07917877895/gillian.outofplace@gmail.com
Trewidden House & Garden, Buryas Bridge Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8TT (SatNav: TR19 6AU)


www.gilliancooper.org.uk

Sea and coast

Monday, 16th August 2021 until Wednesday, 18th August 2021

This exciting three day course takes place at dramatic coastal sites around West Cornwall where artist Kit Johns will help participants to explore a wide variety of different painting approaches. This course will encourage an experimental approach to using painting and drawing materials, often resulting in new exciting and unexpected results.
Kit will share his deep knowledge of depicting the sea from Cornwall's coastline and he will demonstrate the different tools, brushes, paints, sprays and inks he uses in his work. Participants will paint on a variety of surfaces including various papers and Kit’s trademark vintage maps.
A fantastic hands-on course enabling participants to paint under the guidance of one of Cornwall's most exciting young artists.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this course as there will be some coastal path walking and walking over uneven surfaces to get to a few of the venues.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

 

 

Drawing Tours

Saturday, 28th August 2021

Drawing Tours Trewidden Garden Penzance
Explore the exotic plants and hidden corners of Trewidden garden through drawing and short, fun practical exercises, with Artist Gillian Cooper Last Saturday of the month 2.30-4pm.
£20 includes entry, all levels welcome £14.50 with season ticket
Bring: sketchbook preferred size, 4/5B pencils and rubber, hot/wet weather attire as appropriate Optional: charcoal, pastels/waterbased paints sketching stool booking essential: 07917877895/gillian.outofplace@gmail.com
Trewidden House & Garden, Buryas Bridge Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8TT (SatNav: TR19 6AU)


www.gilliancooper.org.uk

Sarah Woods

Wednesday, 8th September 2021 until Saturday, 30th October 2021

A new series of work by Sarah Woods, who works from her studio in Newlyn.
This collection features studies from the coast surrounding the studio, focusing on simple forms and the balance of being beside the water. To me, this space is grounding and immediate. The process of each print is slowly worked by hand with simple markmaking and movements, and the time it takes brings focus and calm. Each study reflects this time spent along the coast.
The etchings are very much inspired by the beginning and end times of day, first and last light by the sea and this reminder that the tide will always rise and fall. The rhythm of the ocean brings a chance to reset. This collection of coastline etchings are printed to a small edition in my Newlyn studio. Sarah Woods – March 2021
All works are for sale, please ask for a price list.
Newlyn Art Gallery New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ


www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/sarah-woods/

Drawing Tours

Saturday, 25th September 2021

Drawing Tours Trewidden Garden Penzance
Explore the exotic plants and hidden corners of Trewidden garden through drawing and short, fun practical exercises, with Artist Gillian Cooper Last Saturday of the month 2.30-4pm.
£20 includes entry, all levels welcome £14.50 with season ticket
Bring: sketchbook preferred size, 4/5B pencils and rubber, hot/wet weather attire as appropriate Optional: charcoal, pastels/waterbased paints sketching stool booking essential: 07917877895/gillian.outofplace@gmail.com
Trewidden House & Garden, Buryas Bridge Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8TT (SatNav: TR19 6AU)


www.gilliancooper.org.uk

The modern portrait

Friday, 22nd October 2021 until Sunday, 24th October 2021

The portrait continues to be an enduring and powerful subject for artists to this day. This fascinating three day course will help students to develop their own response to portraiture with the choice of using a variety of source material from historical figures, popular culture, friends and family to self-portraits or the imagination. A variety of materials and processes will be used during the course from drawing and painting through to collage and the use of a polaroid camera. Jesse Leroy Smith has been working with the portrait throughout his career with painting, photography, printmaking and film and he is a passionate advocate of the power of portraiture in a contemporary context.
The course will include looking at a number of modern and contemporary artists who have worked with the portrait from Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud to David Hockney, Luc Tuymans, Jenny Saville and Gillian Wearing among others.
With lots of hands-on work and a constant flow of inspiring exercises and examples of related artists’ work; this exciting course will give students an unforgettable immersion into the world of the modern portrait.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

SEEN

Saturday, 23rd October 2021 until Saturday, 8th January 2022

SEEN is curated by young LGBTQIA+ people from Cornwall aged between 11 – 19 working in partnership with LGBT+ charity Intercom Trust.
Through workshops and conversation about contemporary art the young people have explored the importance of representation within art and culture and the many sides of what it means to be seen. The expanding subject of Queer art involves an important history of reclamation, resistance, love and freedom and often explores personal experiences as well as depictions of LGBTQIA+ cultures.
This exhibition increases young LGBTQIA+ people’s engagement with contemporary art, allows them to create a platform that speaks to them, for new voices to be heard and for them to be seen.
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is an Arts Council Collection National Partner. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.
The Exchange Princes Street , Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2NL


www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/seen/

 

 

Experimental figure

Monday, 8th November 2021 until Wednesday, 10th November 2021

A fantastically liberating course where a grounding in looking is partnered with an energised journey of different experimental and expressive approaches and techniques. Faye is a very inspiring person to be around and her teaching is both considered and structured and yet vital and empowering.
This exciting new course guides students to learn how to convey a sense of the weight, depth and volume of the body through techniques that utilize a broad range of drawing and painting materials and their resulting effects and marks. Some more experimental techniques will include working on a large format and drawing and painting with long sticks to help students work more freely. Much of the course is spent on looking at aspects of the anatomy in an engaging way so that you can create more convincing images of the human form; while the poses that you will work from range from traditional standing and seated poses through to more energised and thrilling examples such as learning to capture the figure in motion.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

Painting with oils

Thursday, 11th November 2021 until Sunday, 14th November 2021

A four day workshop surveying the fundamentals of representational painting focusing on tonal values, composition, form, colour identification and mixing and mark making. The subject will be a range of still life set ups with practitioners working in oils. The aim will be to understand the foundational skills of painting. The course is suitable for beginners and improvers with students taught largely on a one to one basis with the Tutor coming around to each person teaching to their level and helping them overcome any obstacles that arise. Jon will also share with students the process by which he paints and offer some short demonstrations at different stages to illustrate what he is teaching to the group.
The course includes advice on studio practice such as how to set yourself up at home with the right brushes, paints and setting out your palette with practical exercises over the three days. This indoor course takes place in the beautiful period school studio.
All drawing materials, brushes, supports and paint will be supplied by the art school.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

Painting with oils

Thursday, 9th December 2021 until Sunday, 12th December 2021

A four day workshop surveying the fundamentals of representational painting focusing on tonal values, composition, form, colour identification and mixing and mark making. The subject will be a range of still life set ups with practitioners working in oils. The aim will be to understand the foundational skills of painting. The course is suitable for beginners and improvers with students taught largely on a one to one basis with the Tutor coming around to each person teaching to their level and helping them overcome any obstacles that arise. Jon will also share with students the process by which he paints and offer some short demonstrations at different stages to illustrate what he is teaching to the group.
The course includes advice on studio practice such as how to set yourself up at home with the right brushes, paints and setting out your palette with practical exercises over the three days. This indoor course takes place in the beautiful period school studio.
All drawing materials, brushes, supports and paint will be supplied by the art school.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

The modern portrait

Monday, 13th December 2021 until Wednesday, 15th December 2021

The portrait continues to be an enduring and powerful subject for artists to this day. This fascinating three day course will help students to develop their own response to portraiture with the choice of using a variety of source material from historical figures, popular culture, friends and family to self-portraits or the imagination. A variety of materials and processes will be used during the course from drawing and painting through to collage and the use of a polaroid camera. Jesse Leroy Smith has been working with the portrait throughout his career with painting, photography, printmaking and film and he is a passionate advocate of the power of portraiture in a contemporary context.
The course will include looking at a number of modern and contemporary artists who have worked with the portrait from Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud to David Hockney, Luc Tuymans, Jenny Saville and Gillian Wearing among others.
With lots of hands-on work and a constant flow of inspiring exercises and examples of related artists’ work; this exciting course will give students an unforgettable immersion into the world of the modern portrait.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

 

 

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