Mercedes Smith, director of Fine Art Communications, gives you all you need to know when it comes to buying art for the first time. Open Studios May 19th until May 28th 2018.
As always, this summer’s Open Studios is a real celebration of local talent and creativity. This weekend will be your last opportunity to get out and about and discover your new favourite artist or designer. Nearly 300 individual craftspeople will be opening their doors to the public across the county. But there is one destination >> read more
No trip to Cornwall would be the same for the discerning art lover without a visit to the Tate St Ives. The gallery exhibits British and international modern and contemporary art. The Tate also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The New Craftsman Gallery is the oldest gallery in St Ives and was originally established by Janet Leach, wife of Bernard Leach. The gallery has gained an international reputation amongst artists and showcases contemporary art as well as original paintings by emerging Cornish artists. It also displays a selection of fine pottery and sculptures.
Established in 1996, The Millennium Gallery, based in St Ives, showcases a unique collection of modern fine art and ceramics. Their aim has been to develop a strong non-urban space that can provide much needed representation of an alternative viewpoint.
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Lemon Street Gallery is one of the country's leading contemporary galleries. Situated on Lemon Street, Truro, it has an enviable reputation for offering a vibrant eclectic programme of exhibitions and quality publications. The gallery features a wide range of up-and-coming and established British artists.
Kestle Barton is an ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford River. Having undergone an award winning conservation and conversion project, old barns were converted into a gallery and garden. The gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions, events and workshops, as well as a wild garden and tea hut.
ornwall Contemporary Gallery is situated at the top of Chapel Street in Penzance and is within five minutes walking distance of both Penlee House Gallery and also The Exchange Gallery.
The Jane Adams Gallery has a reputation for being a showcase for Jane's handmade, humorous and quirky animals, which she makes in her ceramics studio in the garden behind the gallery. The gallery itself is housed in a 200-year-old granite building, which is flooded with light, on the main road into St Just. The gallery is known for its wonderful selection of greetings cards and a fantastic array of contemporary work.
Situated just a stone’s throw away from the sea in the ancient charter town of Marazion, The Summerhouse Gallery is a thriving, beautiful space that exhibits a diverse collection of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and glass. The Summerhouse features both established and up and coming painters. The gallery prides itself on being an inviting and friendly space that is both child and dog friendly and looks forward to welcoming you to Marazion.
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For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. The focus at Newlyn Art Gallery is on painting and drawing. Artists working in other areas continue to be a part of the programme on occasions, but the majority of work on display is two-dimensional.
The Lander Gallery in Truro exhibits fine art from across four centuries with rich Cornish flavour and it also boasts a licensed café. Living artists are selected for the quality of their work and they regularly show both popular favourites and artists who are exhibiting for the first time. The gallery café is fully licensed and serves cooked breakfasts and lunches. It also sells tasty cakes and scones to have with your tea or coffee.
The Exchange is a major contemporary art space that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery.
The huge space retains the industrial feel of the original telephone exchange and features a large T-shaped gallery showing national and international contemporary art, plus work by some of the best local artists.
The gallery is also used as a project space, where artists and curators can test new ideas and run workshops, film screenings, live performances and community events.
Beside The Wave gallery is one of Cornwall's best known and well established contemporary art venues with an international following of collectors. Art works are predominantly rooted in the landscape; Cornwall's rich coast, countryside, towns and villages providing the inspiration for much of the work shown. In addition, a number of the gallery’s artists focus on paintings of place in a wider sense, including interiors and still life. With over 30 artists represented and 750 original paintings to choose from as well as a fine collection of artist made ceramics and jewellery, the gallery offers a wide range of exceptional work.
The Leach Pottery, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, is among the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. Over the last hundred years scores of potters, students and apprentices from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to work and train, creating a uniquely international environment on the Cornish coast.
The recently restored Leach Pottery site includes a museum which celebrates the life and work of Bernard Leach and visitors can see the original pottery workshop built in 1920, including the first Japanese climbing kiln in the western world.
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Mid Cornwall Galleries is open throughout the year and located on the A390 east of St Austell, just a stone's throw away from The Eden Project, Charlestown and Fowey. Housed in a former Victorian school, the space has proved perfect for their regularly changing exhibitions. The work for sale is chosen for its quality and originality and even after all this time (they opened in 1980) they never cease to be amazed and delighted at the shows, resulting from the incredible diversity of work by nationally and internationally renowned artists, craftsmen and women.
The award-winning Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, is the only Cornish public gallery specialising in the world famous Newlyn School artists (c.1880 - 1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and Laura Knight. Set in an elegant Victorian house and park, Penlee House also covers West Cornwall's archaeology and social history, and offers an excellent café and shop, with full wheelchair access throughout.
The Fernlea Gallery in St Ives shows a vast eclectic range of both retro and modern works.