Art exhibitions in Cornwall

There lots of art exhibitions in Cornwall as we have such a wealth of talented arts and crafts people here. Also see our art galleris in Cornwall section. There are currently 5 listed in this section.

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.

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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

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

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

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

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.
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Fore Street, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6AE



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


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




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