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Tickets now on sale for Van Morrison

Sir Van Morrison is the latest stellar name to be announced for this summer’s Eden Sessions.

Saturday, 1st July 2017 will be his first performance in Cornwall for 16 years. The Belfast-born legend is one of the most revered and decorated musicians of recent times. He was knighted last year, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has won six Grammys.

He released his 36th studio album Keep Me Singing in September last year to critical acclaim and a top-ten berth in both the UK and US album charts. Sir Van was inspired by musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly.

His matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much-covered Gloria, Here Comes The Night and Brown Eyed Girl. 

For more informatio visit the Eden Sessions web site.

Mummers troupe in North Cornwall

We are looking to form a new Mummers troupe in North Cornwall. All sorts of help needed; performers, musicians, dancers, stagehands, costume designers, props etc are required.

Please contact us first by email if you are interested.


Redwing Arts and Community Hub - They did it!

On 3rd Mar 2017 Redwing Gallery successfully raised £22,270 of £20,000 target with 48 supporters in 42 days through their Crowdfunder campaign

The group were originally aiming to raise £20,000 by 3rd March 2017 but they reached their target early, stretched their target and went on to raise a whopping £22,270.

The funds were needed to secure a fit-for-purpose long-term base for Redwing to continue. Without this base, artists excluded by the mainstream art world would have nowhere to show their work and cash-strapped individuals and groups would have nowhere to meet. There is no comparable venue in our community with Redwing's inclusiveness and diversity.

Redwing has been based in an empty shop in Penzance town centre since 2013. A tremendous amount of time and effort and the input of many people has transformed an empty, neglected shell into a vibrant and welcoming community hub.

Redwing would like to thank eveyone who supported this campaign for the local community in Penzance.

There really is no other place with the diversity of Redwing in our community.

For more information visit their Crowdfunder campaign page


Tate St Ives New Artistic Director

Starting in spring 2017, Anne Barlow joins Tate St Ives at an exciting time, as the gallery reopens after an 18 month closure. The project, when completed in autumn 2017, will create more space to show art and new spaces for events and activities, transforming how Tate St Ives operates as a gallery.

Anne is currently Director of Art in General, New York. In a wide ranging career, she has worked for the New Museum, New York, and Glasgow Museums as well as curating a number of independent projects, and participating in numerous panels and arts juries in the US and internationally.

For more information visit the Tate St Ives Gallery web site.


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.










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Stalls avalable at craft Healing events

Bookings are now being taken for our first years, 2017 season Craft/Healing events at Perranporth War Memorial Hall, on Thursdays.

Showcasing Cornwalls finest arts, crafters and at times Healers/Alternative therapies. Weekly Tarot Card Readings. Bespoke, individual gift ideas.

£12.50 per table, discounts for multiple tables, extra space and clothes rails.  Dates for Perranporth War Memorial Hall 2017 are Thursdays 9.30-4.30: April 13,20th May 4,25th June 1,8,15,22,29th July 6,13,20,27th August 3,10,17,24,31st September 7,14,21,28th

All enquiries please email For firm bookings of specific dates please email dates and details.Please see event details etc under our Events tab to the right on


Congratulations Tamsin!

Chewing it Over - giraffe pastel painting by Tamsin DearingCongratulations to local artist Tamsin Dearing, who was the featured artist in "Paint" the magazine of The Society of All Artists this month.

Her beautiful painting of a giraffe "Chewing it Over" in soft pastels is on the front cover and there is a two page spread about Tasmins art work as an artist and teacher.

It's lovely to see our local talent get national recognition, well done Tamsin.

You can find out more about Tamsins work through her own web site or visit her Facebook page 'Tamsin Dearing Portraiture'.


"No Label" Photographic Competition

Our "No Label" Photographic Competition in an 'open theme' photo competition in which pretty much "anything goes" - aerial, architecture, black and white, cityscapes, conceptual, creative, fine art, film, landscape, macro, close-up, nature, portrait, seascapes, urban, street, sports, travel, underwater and many more - take your pic.

The contest is hosted by the Alverton Gallery, Penzance and, in addition to cash prizes and certificates for the top three winning entries, the best ten images will be printed, framed and mounted at no cost to the photographer and displayed within the Alverton Gallery's exhibition space for a period of thirty days.

Any photo taken within the past two years will qualify, subject to a small number of exceptions as set out in our full contest rules.

Please email your submissions to

Visit the Alverton Gallery Facebook page, we wish you the best of luck and hope to see your work in the gallery.


Art Studio/Office for Rent

The Cornish Craft House is located on the Woods Browning Industrial Estate in Bodmin and has a studio/office available to rent.

The Upper Studio/Office is approximately 14ft by 10ft and has great lighting with two large windows overlooking the back of the property and window looking down into the main area inside the Cornish Craft House.

This is a great opportunity for someone in the creative sector that is also looking for space to undertake workshops or training.
£220 per month, the cost includes: Heating, lighting, business rates and basic amenities.

Easy in – easy out tenancies.
Access 7 days a week.
On site car parking.
Access to workshop/meeting room facilities in main hall.
Access to communal Kitchenette.
(Fully furnished if required)


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