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Redwing Arts and Community Hub Crowdfunder

Redwing Gallery  has temporarily transformed an old disused building on the corner of Penzance's historic Bread Street and Wood Street to create a pop-up arts/culture and community hub. We need to raise funds to ensure the future of this project in Penzance's conservation area.

The building was originally a granite-walled open coal cellar, which served local businesses with a smoke house in an adjoining building.The site is built of traditional Cob. In the early twentieth century, the walls of the coal store were built up and a roof added to create shop premises. Up until World War II the building was occupied by  Misses Rawle (Sisters) Sweets and Confectionary and by Opie's Photographic Studio. Later it became Knees department store and more recently a pet shop selling live animals and reptiles to the local community.  Many people who visit the Redwing project have memories of using the building in one of it's previous lives. Sadly, in the last decade the building has fallen into neglect.

We plan to revitalise the building and to retain it for community use. If we are unsuccessful it is likely that the building will be demolished and replaced by modern flats or even a car park.

Improving the attractiveness and productive use of the building will help revitalise and draw people through the area, which is a key objective for regeneration of Penzance town.

Redwing have already raised £20,000 through it's first Crowdfunder and the project has  received support from local people, Arts Council England and the Santander Changemaker Fund. We intend to build on this to establish a long-term base for the project and to care for this much-loved building.

For more information visit their Crowdfunder campaign page



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.


"Month of May" Photo Contest

Our latest photo contest presents a particular challenge in that all entry photos must be taken between 1 May 2017 and 31 May 2017 inclusive, anywhere in the world. The "Month of May" theme is open to interpretation but we would particularly like to see images celebrating late spring and the coming of summer in terms of wildlife, birdlife, butterflies, flowers, trees and other natural history, public celebrations (May Queens, maypole dancing, floral parades and street celebrations) as well as landscape, seascape and sunrise/sunset photography.

The contest is hosted by the Alverton Gallery, Penzance and, in addition to certificates and cash prizes for the top three entries, the best ten images will be printed, mounted, framed and displayed at the Alverton Gallery for thirty days.

Any photo taken during the month of May 2017 will qualify, subject to a few exceptions as set out in our full contest rules.

Entry fees apply. Please email your submissions to

We wish you the best of luck and hope to see your work in the gallery.


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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Hayle Art Society painting and craft exhibition

Hayle This years painting and craft exhibition put on by the Hayle Art Society will be on Sunday, 30th July 2017 until Sunday, 6th August 2017 from 10am - 6pm on Monday till Saturday and Sundays 10am - 4pm at the Phillack Church Hall in Hayle.

Each member of our group is allowed to display up to five works of art, many of which will be for sale and there will also be a variety of crafts avalable too.

Again ths year there will be a special table with artwork donated by members which will be for for sale to raise funds for St Julia's Hospice in Hayle.

Please help support this event by telling your freinds and family about it and if possible displaying a poster for us. We would love to see you if you can come along and support us.

Click here to download an A4  poster for this event or Click here to download 2 x A5 posters for this event.

Craft Kiln summer opening

Summer opening times at the Craft Kiln are now 10.-.5.30

The Old Workshop Charlestown is a wonderful historic building situated at the heart of Charlestown in Cornwall. Originally converted from an old gunpowder store built around 1800, after extensive refurbishment, It now houses three very interesting businesses and we have more crafters displaying more work than ever before so why not pay us a visit.

We are  located next to the main car park in the Cornish harbour village of Charlestown, near St Austell.

Visit our web site for more information.


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'.


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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