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Future of CACD

Please note that it is possible that the CACD web site will 'fall over' in the near future as the hosting company has been threatening to stop supporting the version of software that has been used to create the site. I will endeavour to keep it running as long as I can.

I now run the Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) purley as a hobby, and do not charge anyone. So if you have recieved such an email please delete it.

Thank you

Choughs Craft Shop

Lucy Reynolds' illustrated cards and prints are now stocked at Choughs in Lostwithiel.

Based at 32 Fore Street in Lostwithiel, Choughs houses a mix of hand-crafted goods, including ceramics, artwork and up-cycled furniture.

They're open 10.00 - 17.00 Monday to Saturday.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Visit Choughs Facebook page



New Etsy shop

Marine colouring pages on EtsyI've recently launched my first Etsy shop at

I'm just selling downloadable products there at the moment, including a marine printable colouring book, some 2019 greyhound calendars and planners plus a selection of pretty background papers for you to be creative with.

Please do visit and let me know what you think.

I'm also now selling the printed colouring books, acrylic pours and home printed note books at Treasure, a wonderful little craft and vintage shop in Penzance, along with a selction of home printed and original note books and some original acrylic pours.

Jayne -

Free entry to Penlee Gallery for local residents

A new scheme at Penlee House Gallery and Museum will extend free entry from Saturdays to throughout the week for local residents. The highly acclaimed gallery, which is owned and operated by Penzance Town Council, was nominated as the sixth best ‘hidden treasure’ in a national Sunday newspaper poll and has a world famous collection of paintings by the Newlyn School artists.

The Penzance Pass scheme is aimed at residents of Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole who already support the running of the gallery through payment of the local precept. Anyone living within this area can collect their free Penzance Pass card from Penlee House Gallery and Museum or the Town Clerk’s Offices on Alverton Street, providing they bring proof of their address with them. 

Director of Penlee Louise Connell says, ‘The galleries get very crowded on Saturdays, so this scheme gives local people the chance to visit for free during the week when it’s quieter, or just pop in for short visits whenever they like. We are hoping to see many more local people of all ages visiting Penlee as a result of the launch of the Penzance Pass.’

The standard entry price for visitors not qualifying for a Penzance Pass is £4.50 or £3.00 concessions, including 60 plus. Children under 18 are free.  Please note that Saturdays will no longer offer free admission for non-local residents. Visitors from outside the local area can still gain free admission if they join the Friends of Penlee House for an annual membership fee of £14 a year, or for £21 for two people living at the same address.

Individual art and design portfolio and careers advice

At Aspire Arts in Falmouth, we offer individual art and design portfolio and careers advice. We envisage that you will bring your portfolio to us for this session, or send an online folder of your work.

The benefit of our individual Portfolio Advice is:
* We get you interview ready
* We enable you to feel organised and focussed
* We can help with diagnosing your specialist area
* We are highly experienced Art & Design Educators
Our Portfolio Advice session includes:
* One to One portfolio discussion.
* Discussion around the nature, content and focus of  your work. 
* Consideration of the art & design processes employed in work and how this relates to application(s). 
* Encouraging reflection upon working process and idea development as an important element in building
a folder.
* The most effective way to present a portfolio for an interview.

* Advice on creating a digital portfolio.
The importance of selecting and ordering work, to best show off your skills.
* Advice sheet.

What you will need to bring :
* Sketchbooks, drawings books and journals.  
* Course work including preparatory studies.
* Any other work that you have made in addition to coursework .
* 3D work if transportable, otherwise photographs. 
* Photography / film work. 
* Garments, Costume, Samples. 
* Drawings / evidence of observation & reflection.
* The questionnaire supplied by us.

1:1 Portfolio Session 1.5 hour £65.00
1:1 Portfolio / Individual Careers Advice Session 2 hours £85.00
 1:1 Portfolio/Individual Careers Advice Session 3 hours £125.00
. Follow up sessions available at £45.00 per hour.

Contact by email on or visit our web site for more information.











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Jewellery making or crochet classes

I have been running craft classes for a few years and now during the Easter holidays I am running two classes in jewellery making and two classes of two different types of crochet, all of which are for beginners. 

The venue is the Intergenerational Room, which is next door to the Red River Cafe at the Heartlands, Pool, near Redruth.

These classes are for 3 hours at a time and refreshments can be obtained in the cafe. There is parking in the main Heartlands car park and as it is all on the level it is wheelchair and disabled friendly. Age is also no problem but obviously not suitable for small children.  These classes are always light hearted and fun for those learning new skills and being at the Heartlands is the icing on the cake for me and I hope for you as well.

The jewellery classes are on the 8th and the 15th of April and the two types of crochet are on the 10th and the 13th April - these classes are £15.00 per person per session.

Refreshments and toilets are available at the Cafe. Please contact me to book onto a class or for more details - Jill on 07795 830062.

New Falmouth furniture restoration and upholstery teaching studio

New Falmouth furniture restoration and upholstery teaching studioA lovely new furniture restoration and upholstery teaching studio has opened in Falmouth. 

If you've got an old tatty chair that needs some love or a half finished upholstery project that you couldn't quite finish, then bring it along to our studio. We cover traditional and modern restoration, as well as wood restoration and french polishing. You will be taught all the skills you need to turn that old piece of furniture into something treasured and admired. We also take on commissions so if you're just looking for someone to help restore your old furniture, we can help with that too.

Our little studio in the clouds is the perfect place to help kick start your creativity whilst calming the ever busy mind. All abilities are welcome so dont be shy if you've never done anything like this before, you'll be in safe hands with Polly. Polly has been teaching at The Good Life Centre in Borough in London for over 7 years now and she still continues to teach regular sold out weekend courses there.

We will be holding regular 5 day and weekend courses where you can bring your own project and also weekend courses to make a traditional footstool, where all materials and the frame are provided (these will be added to our summer calendar very soon). Courses start from £140 and include refreshments, lunch and a scrummy afternoon tea. We will be adding more artisan craft courses in the near future so please join us on social media to keep in formed. 

Facebook - pollianderVintage   Instagram -  polliander_studios   Website -



New Installation

PH Media at Roche, St Austell have recently installed Cornwall's first multilevel 3D scanner. This unique facility allows us scan oils, watercolours and textiles whilst picking up a relief of up to 8mm's. Final printed results using our large format printers give the tactile impression of the arts sense of texture, tone and colour.

Lucy Reynolds at Bodmin Visitor Centre

I’m happy to say that my work is now stocked at Bodmin Visitor Centre. You can find a mix of my illustration and photography there, including greeting cards, prints, postcards and bookmarks. You can also see samples f my art work on my web site at

Crochet workshops and courses

Sharing the crochet love...

Kitty Clarke Crochet is running regular 'learn to crochet' workshops and courses this winter and spring 2019, in Truro and surrounding areas.

Crochet is easy to learn, and you can work at your own pace to create unique handmade items, with just a simple hook and some yarn. With so many different stitches and endless patterns, you can really develop and indulge your creative side.  

The ryhthm of working crochet stitches is relaxing.  It can help to clear your mind of clutter and encourage more focus on the present moment, helping you to feel calmer and mentally wind-down.

Kitty Clarke has been teaching beginners how to crochet for over five years, through workshops, one-to-one lessons and crochet club gatherings.

Check out our events calendar - more events coming soon for April and May 2019.


International export support and advice

The Department of International Trade, South West is curreuntly working with regional artists and creatives to ensure an international strategy and plan. 

This support includes workshops and 1:1 support from Intellectual property to Digital Advice and eCommerce advice. 

If you are looking to go onto a eMarketplace or selling on Etsy or other platforms and want to maximise international business then contact Dawn Musgrave for further information. 


Tara Montane workshops and demos - playing with paint and texture

Now available for painting demos and workshops for your local group. Come along and learn unique and playful ways with paint and texture that will enliven your practice. Also suitable for beginners and those who feel they can't paint or draw.

By playing with mixed media and experimenting with paint and water we can return to a child-like, freer way of working. Letting the paint do the work for you and introducing an organic element into your art, perfect for landscape artists and abstract artists. 

Visit my Facebook page for more information and contact me to book me for your group or society.


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