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Investing in the future...

Investing in the future...

It’s always great to achieve a positive result after eight months of hard work, especially when it means you can offer more to the community around you. In June, we received the fantastic news that at last, we had received a much-needed capital injection from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Community Led Local Development programme. It was a chance meeting at a networking event with Josyanne Clarke (Cornwall Development Company) last April, which started our journey. At the time, we had a rough idea of what we wanted to create but hadn’t located a suitable site...

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Reopening adventures

Reopening adventures

Encouraged by the prime minister's statement that non-essential shops could reopen on June 15th we were a little bit naughty and decided to stick to our pre-lockdown schedule and open a little bit earlier.  It turns out that there are advantages to being a small gallery and controlling the flow of people in and out of the display space is one of them. So we set about creating a route made of masking tape arrows to guide visitors past the paintings and manned the door. We even put markers in the street behind our billboard to space out those waiting.  Then last Thursday...

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Art is not for us

Art is not for us

Now on the cusp of reopening as the lockdown restrictions start to be lifted, we have been looking back to see how we want to move forward. Amongst all the loss and sadness, there have been some silver linings. Like a forest caught in a fire, we survive and start to grow again. Not necessarily in the same way, but we develop all the same. The great thing about being human is that, to a certain degree, we can choose how we want to evolve. So let's not forget the lessons we have learnt and try to carry them forward...

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A fascination with the sea

A fascination with the sea

Our move to Cornwall in 1986 and again in 2015 were both partially motivated by the need to be near the sea. It has provided a place of solace and inspiration in both periods of our lives. We are not alone in our adoration of water. Most Cornish artists have captured the sea as sketch or painting at some point in their career. In fact, our current exhibitor Ella Carty decided to dedicate her whole show to the rockpools at St Ives and the Scilly isles. And our next exhibitor Jon White has documented his memories of the sea as a creative response to his recently...

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Brushing up on some skills

Brushing up on some skills

These are strange times we are living in, and for many artists, it’s very frustrating having to work in a different space. Luckily our studio residents have structured a timetable that suits all, and we have been able to enjoy the creative space effectively without any chance of cross-contamination.   Finding an area where you can work well is a must for writers and artists. Isolation is often essential for times when you need to free your mind from distraction. However, stimulation from different environments or other artists is also invaluable to most artists creative practice. One of the hardest effects...

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