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Cawsand Bay Guitarfest

An exciting new classical guitar weekend is coming to the Rame Peninsula with international players Craig Ogden, Eden Stell Guitar Duo and Alison Smith

The Cawsand Bay Guitarfest, 13th - 15th September 2019 will take place in the picturesque twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. Combining great music in an area of outstanding natural beauty inspires creativity. There will be public concerts and a weekend course which includes concerts, a master class, workshops, ensemble playing, a guitar luthier’s exhibition and talks, cream tea, sea view dinners and lots of fun in a friendly environment led by top professional players and teachers.

This is a weekend not to be missed with a superb line up of Classic FM chart topping Craig Ogden, one of the world’s finest guitarists (Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music), Mark Eden & Chris Stell (Eden Stell Guitar Duo) internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity (teaching positions at the Royal College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) and Alison Smith, one of the UK’s most exciting and lyrical guitarists, who often leaves audiences spellbound by her sensitive playing (teaching position University of Plymouth and previously Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Friday 13th September, 8pm, Eden Stell Guitar Duo, one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, will perform at Cawsand Congregational Church, Garrett St, Cawsand, PL10 1PD. They will present a fantastic programme including Giuliani, Scarlatti, Poulenc, Mompou, Tedesco & Brahms. “I was hanging on almost every note….a riveting experience” The Independent. Tickets £13.50 in advance, £15 on the door

Saturday 14th September, 2pm, Alison Smith, a highly acclaimed classical guitarist will perform at Cawsand Congregational Church. She is a Willowhayne records recording artist and will play a selection of works from her new album Poético, including Chopin, Lovelady, Tesar & George Shearing. “...enthralling….demonstrated sheer virtuosity….superb technique and sensitivity.” The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door,

Saturday 14th September, 8pm, Craig Ogden, one of the most exciting artists of his generation will perform at Maker with Rame Community Hall, Jackman’s Meadow, Kingsand, PL10 1NB The Australian born guitarist has been described as “a worthy successor to Julian Bream” (BBC Music Magazine) and he will play a delightful, varied programme including Dowland, Bach, Coste, Legnani, Albeniz, Barrios & Ryan. Tickets £13.50 in advance and £15 on the door.

The public concerts are open to all ages and the weekend course is for any classical guitarists aged 18 years and over and must be booked in advance. To discover more and for full details of what is included, cost and booking, please visit the festival website

Cawsand Bay Guitarfest 13th September (3pm) - 15th September (5pm)
Cawsand /Kingsand, Torpoint PL10 - various venues

Tel: 07906 884606


Place - Alchemy Of Nature by John O'Carroll

‘Place – Alchemy of Nature’ is an exhibition by artist John O’Carroll and is set to be the principal summer show at Cornwall’s Circle Contemporary Gallery for 2019. Inspired by ancient methods of painting, alchemy and ultimately the feeling of place, the exhibition features paintings which draw on Egypt’s ancient landscape and culture and the coastlines of Cornwall, both places which are critical to the artist, providing constant themes in his work. This solo show follows on from O’Carroll’s highly acclaimed exhibition at the Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam in 2018.

The work of John O’Carroll (Cornwall, 1958) is built upon cumulated and curated impressions from his travels, particularly through Texas, Mexico, New York and Holland. Now with studio spaces both in Egypt and Cornwall, he is uniquely positioned to explore a range of landscapes, both cultural and physical. A trustee on the Dakhleh Oasis Project, John spends a portion of each year as an archaeological illustrator working on ancient dig sites and tombs in Egypt, documenting the historic finds, with each of these discoveries revealing the daily lives of a forgotten people. This time uncovering ancient stories and processes has led to John O’Carroll’s experimentation in his own work with methods and natural pigments from these landscapes.

“I was drawn to the Dakhleh Oasis Project when I heard about it through American artist Jenny Leimert and Director Professor Tony Mills who encouraged me to join. Documenting neolithic rock art, pharaonic temples, tomb inscriptions and excavated objects, I was immersed in a history of mark making - from line drawings to hieroglyphics and Greek, Arabic and Roman inscriptions” reflects John O’Carroll. “Taking part in the excavations I am able to study how cultures come and go, merge and disappear, engulfed by the vast landscape, reabsorbed into the colours and forms of nature, slipping back into the great silence of the beginning”.

The wide-angle gestural paintings and the shaped wooden panels within ‘Place – Alchemy of Nature’ emulate the vastness and silhouettes of the Egyptian landscape, a sense of space drawing on John O’Carroll’s time spent in the big landscapes of Western Sahara. His study of the structure and soil conditions of the Egyptian desert landscape and the artifacts uncovered there, add depth and further reference in his paintings with the untamed Cornish coast bringing its own inspiration. In his systematic, compelling way, O’Carroll brings the most remarkable of these various worlds together.

Speaking of his series of PLACE paintings, John says “Many of my works in this series depict a white mound - it’s a real place in the white desert, a limestone desert shimmering in space that could be mistaken for ice burgs. The round bent and curved panels are based on geological forms taken from the landscape, each creating shadows and light as the sun moves”.

The PLACE paintings pay homage to ancient metallurgy and his understanding of natural pigments. reflecting the timelessness of essential nature through alchemy. Making prominent use of gold leaf, gesso and tempera in his latest series, O’Carroll has also integrated copper leaf into his paintings, enhancing its oxidation process to striking effect. Using these exceptional, delicate materials, O’Carroll creates a spectacular interpretation of the various landscapes he occupies.

“Natural materials are significant to me and my work because they are embedded with the energy of the earth and place they are from. Making my own pigments has been important as it concentrates the mind. I am also interested in the symbolic meaning of the colours” comments O’Carroll.  “ I prepare my wooden panels with layers of gesso, running down each layer, letting some of the panel show through, I then apply metal lead which is often not seen at all but provides a radiant background. I start painting, always with a large brush, applying layers of prepared tempera paints, days upon days building up a story of time, place, energy and imagination.”

“My work evokes places that are serene and powerful, happy without the touch of humanity
and a place that evokes a timelessness”, John O’Carroll.

John O’Carroll’s exhibitions include: Holly Soloman Gallery, New York - USA; Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam - NL; Nanky De Vreeze Gallery - NL; PAN - Amsterdam - NL; Kunst Rai, Amsterdam - NL

Notable projects and collections include: Treasures of Ancient Rome - BBC 4; Treasures of Ancient Egypt - BBC 4; Valley of Nobles - Supreme Council for Antiquities; Saquarra Valley Temple Project - Ted Brock; Valley of Kings - Ted Brock;  NL Embassy - Egypt;  Holly Soloman Collection - USA; British Embassy, Mondriaan Foundation - NL

Circle Gallery is a Fine Art Gallery located between Padstow and Wadebridge in North Cornwall, Circle shows a selection of abstract and figurative artists whose primary inspiration is the natural landscape.  A principled gallery showing paintings, prints, sculpture and fine crafts, Circle are committed to showing beautiful art that stems from living in harmony with nature.

“ From a city dwellers perspective, landscape-inspired art practice is often dismissed as romantic and unquestioning. However, I believe art born from true dialogue with nature is life-affirming, ever present and continually evolving.” Commented Circle Gallerist Lucy Thorman. “Environmental sustainability and climate change are the most pressing topics of our age - as a contemporary gallery we believe we are setting a good example”.

'Place - Alchemy Of Nature' by John O'Carroll showing at Circle Gallery
20th July until 20th August 2019
Circle, Hawksfield, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7LR , UK

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.

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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

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. 

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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

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.


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.


Opera On A Summer's Evening

Celebrate summer in style with live opera at Trevince estate gardens

Trevince is to host ‘Opera on a Summer’s Evening’ in their beautiful estate gardens this summer.

Taking place on 30th June, this alfresco evening will feature Intimate Opera Cornwall, a small and perfectly formed local group of professional singers who tour the South West of England. This talented group will be performing heart-warming and hilarious opera scenes and excerpts from two of Mozart’s most famous operas, The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro as well as Verdi’s La Traviata – complete with dragons and the odd bird catcher or two! Compered by the world-renowned, Richard Jackson, an outstanding singer, teacher and director who has just sat on the Kathleen Ferrier Prize jury for the second time, this promises to be an evening that would be a tragedy to miss.

In the event of wet weather the show will go on with a performance under cover.

Trish Stone, owner of Trevince Estate commented: “We’re delighted that Intimate Opera will be performing in our estate gardens, which is the perfect setting for this spectacular event.

There will be fizz and ice cream available and guests are welcome to bring along a picnic, blankets and chairs as well as raincoats and sun cream for a fun-filled evening, whatever the weather!”

Cheryl Brendish from Intimate Opera Cornwall is looking forward to this exciting evening: The estate gardens at Trevince are an enchanting place and a perfect setting for the opera excerpts that include mistaken identities and heart-breaking romance. We are really looking forward to performing in this unique and very special garden to delight and surprise the audience. We are fortunate that Richard Jackson will be hosting the evening with his extensive knowledge and highly entertaining and engaging ideas of opera and performance, to captivate and inform along the way.

Tickets are available to purchase on the Trevince website, at £35 per person to include a free glass of fizz on arrival.

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