Aggie Arts

Aggie Arts offer arts and crafts workshops and holidays in St Agnes, CornwallAggie Arts offer arts and crafts workshops and holidays in the stunning location of St Agnes. Set on the beautiful, rugged coastline of Cornwall we also offer plenty of activities and excursions for partners and friends.

We offer small group workshops in a variety of creative arts and crafts and with the beach round the corner you can’t help but be inspired by this unique Cornish experience. Our workshops can range from a few hours to 4 days so they can be great for a rainy day or a full week’s activity.

For a group of 5 or more you can create your own Aggie Arts – Bespoke Break Away.

We strive to bring you relaxation, quality and inspiration throughout your whole experience. We have endeavoured to combine high quality accommodation and facilities whilst maintaining the quaint charm of the true Cornish Coastal village lifestyle.

You can book additional activities too such as. coasteering, kayaking, surfing, walking tours, fishing, golf, horse riding or tennis. We will book your activity and arrange transport, if needed, so you can just turn up and enjoy.

Supporting our local environment and economy is really important to us. So where possible we use local tutors and course leaders, local hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages. The local restaurants we book and recommend where possible utilise locally-reared meat, line-caught fish and locally sourced fruit and vegetables.

Our workshops include:

Acting SkillsBronze or Silver Metal ClayChildren’s Book IllustrationCropping and Narrative  — Decopatch Fascinator/Head piece making FeltFreehand Machine Embroidery — PhotographySilver Ring MakingSketchbook Watercolour

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Most of our tutors also offer private mentoring sessions. Prices start at £55 per hour. If you’d like to arrange some time with your chosen expert please indicate on the booking form and we’ll find a time to suit you.


Poppy Treffry: Freehand Machine Embroidery

Poppy Treffry: Freehand Machine EmbroideryPoppy Treffry the company (as opposed to the person) was founded in 2003 when it was just Poppy and one cranky Singer sewing machine that her granddad had found on a dump. Poppy put together a small collection of bags, cushions and tea cosies which were quickly snapped up by galleries and boutiques locally and across the UK.

She now produces a much larger range of gifts and homewares all featuring Poppy’s quirky designs and a sense of humour. Her products are either handmade in England or sourced from UK manufacturers and she has tea towels printed in Cornwall, ceramics made in Stoke on Trent and printed cushions from Lincolnshire.

But the cranky Singer sewing machines are still very much at the heart of what Poppy does. She has trained a team of lovely outworkers who stitch all her beautiful embroidered products and they all work on the old Singers. Each stitcher gets a box of carefully cut pieces which they then embroider and stitch up and bring back to us all done. We can just about tell who has stitched what but we are consistently amazed at how good they are at what they do!

The Singers also come into their own for Poppy’s freehand embroidery workshops. Each participant gets to work on one of the lovely beasts to create a start to finish embroidered product.

Poppy has written two books on freehand machine embroidery:

Poppy Treffry products grace the shelves of some very fine stores across the UK, USA and Japan. You can see her bespoke collections in Fortnum and Mason, Bettys tea rooms and Anthropologie, although it is a pleasure to work with these big boys, she also sells to some gorgeous galleries and boutiques who are real partners in selling the Poppy Treffry dream of high quality hand made and UK made products that make you smile.


Caroline Pedler: illustration, painting and drawing

Caroline Pedler: illustration, painting and drawingCaroline Pedler is an illustrator working and living in St Agnes, Cornwall. She started her career in Bath in 1998, illustrating best selling cards for Hallmark, and various series of children’s books for Marks and Spencer. After moving to Bristol and then home to Cornwall in 2005, Caroline has continued to make a successful full-time career from illustration.

As well as her children’s books, Caroline is well known for working with Australian musicians, Angus and Julia Stone, and more currently working with Cornish musician Ruarri Joseph, along with founding art collective hi5, using Truro’s empty shops to create events and exhibitions within.


Caroline Snellgrove: Decopatch and Jewellery

Caroline Snellgrove: Decopatch and JewelleryCaroline Snellgrove runs our Silver and Bronze Metal Clay and Decopatch: Breathing life into everyday objects workshops.

Caroline started experimenting with silver jewellery making in her late teen. Life, career and children got in the way for the next 25 years.  So, after a back operation forced her to re-think work situations, she decided that every cloud really should have a silver lining.



Holly Young: Millinery/Hat Design

Holly Young: Millinery/Hat DesignHolly Young trained at the London College of Fashion, in costume design where she developed her passion for hats and head pieces. Focusing on millinery throughout her course she completed an internship with the English National Opera millinery department and was awarded first class honours for her final dissertation. Holly went on to work with some of London’s most prestigious theatre companies including the English National Ballet and dressing for the cast of Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre.

Holly’s millinery career really took off when she worked with top designers, Justin Smith, Sara Esom and Deryck Walker at London Fashion Week.

Holly, now a respected milliner in her own right, has been designing and creating her own fascinators and head pieces since 2010.


Jo Polack: Felting

Jo Polack: FeltingTalented textile artist Jo Polack runs our Felt Fantastic Workshop.

Jo Polack is a textile artist living and working in St Agnes. For the past decade she has worked in environmental and community arts initiating events, workshops and projects which encourage people to explore the environment through creativity and create nature based art.

Jo then completed studies at Herefordshire College of Art and now has the joy of working from the ‘Hummingbird Workshop’; her studio/gallery by Trevaunance Cove.

As a textile artist Jo creates in whatever media takes her fancy that day.  Under her label ‘Textiles with a Twist’, felt, stitch, own-made collage papers, print, re-used materials and found objects become hanging sculptures, wall hangings, framed art, mobiles, vases and cloth books.


Paul Hoare – Watercolour

Paul Hoare – WatercolourInspired by the Cornish light on the land and sea, Paul Hoare works principally en-plein-air to achieve that intimate ‘connection’ with nature, “I feel it has been a successful work if when looking at it I am transported back to the time and place it was created”. His style is primarily watercolour based combined with mixed media techniques in a highly individual and exciting impressionistic style. He also works in Acrylics, Oils and Pastels.

Paul Hoare has had his work accepted for the past two years by the prestigious Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London. This is a highly competitive selected exhibition featuring the leading artists in Watercolour throughout the UK. He was also a grand finalist in the last edition of Channels 4’s Watercolour Challenge and exhibited at the Mall Galleries as part of that experience. His work also featured on the front cover of their Calendar for that year. Previously he has exhibited in London and the Home Counties, including solo exhibitions, his work being purchased by private and overseas clients and also a Museum, as well as undertaking commissioned works before moving to his spiritual home in Cornwall.

Paul exhibits around Cornwall and also in his studio overlooking Trevaunance Cove at St Agnes, where people are welcome to view the works in a relaxed setting overlooking the Sea.


Adam Barnes: photography

Adam Barnes: photographyAdam Barnes has been a commercial photographer since 1995 after completing a degree in Graphic Design (specialising in photography) at Camberwell College of Arts, The London Institute and undertaking a three year apprenticeship as a photographic assistant.

Since then he has successfully procured hundreds of commissions the world over both in the studio and on location.

Based between Cornwall and London he continues to press buttons, eat briefs and squint a lot.






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