Following the outbreak of Covid-19 and the restrictions announced by the government in a bid to combat the fast spreading virus, hundreds of galleries and artistic hubs have shut their doors. Thankfully, this hasn’t meant that Cornwall’s creative communities aren’t doing all they can to still reach their audiences and from online auctions to virtual exhibitions, dozens of artists, makers and galleries are continuing to bring stunning and captivating art through the virtual world with Penlee House Gallery & Museum being one of them.

Penlee Inspired Online is the latest venture the team at the gallery and museum have set up to bring a range of exhibitions and artwork from shows past and present to their digital platforms.

They’re also asking for professional, amateur and beginner artists to join in and produce paintings, pictures, poetry and more.

Penlee House will be displaying their favourites across their digital platforms and want you to tag them in your creations. Use the hashtag #penleeinspired2020.

The exhibition is open to all ages and the closing date is 1st May 2020.

Every week Penlee will be hosting a Penlee Inspired Challenged and will want artists everywhere no matter their experience or medium to use a chosen item from the collection as inspiration for a piece. This could be a sketch, poem, shorty story or painting!

T C Gotch, Ruby, c1904


1. Take a photograph of your work and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag Penlee House in any of your creations relating to the Penlee House Collection.

2. Make sure to use the hashtag #penleeinspired2020 and #penleeinspiredchallenge

3. You can post on Facebook @PenleeHouseGalleryMuseum, Instagram @penleehousegallery and Twitter @PenleeHouse

4. Finally, have fun! This challenge is meant to be a fun and creative task that can be completed in 5 minutes or 5 days.

In these difficult times, creative outlets such as this are a perfect way to de-stress as well as offering a chance support local creative communities. Whether it’s your first time picking up a brush or pencil, now is the time to explore our creative sides and to keep our cherished art communities connected. Whilst artistic hubs such as Penlee House may be temporarily closed, we can all still support and enjoy the fantastic work they do online.