Exhibition Archive

Exhibitions in 2018

Volker Stox

Thurs 1st March – Sun 11th March

Preview Party Sunday 4th March 1-3pm

 ‘Turning Tables’

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Volker Stox


Working in Digital Media:

VOLKER STOX explores the use of digital media (computer technology) in the creation of his art-pieces. This working method has produced canvases and prints on paper, many of these have been on show in the above-mentioned exhibitions.

The creative process is in principle no different to working in traditional media, except that it allows for overlaying, blending, distorting and morphing of shape and colour ‘digitally’; by which imagery, colour and textures can be transformed from one plane to another resulting in composite pictures of a distinctive quality. The aesthetics of digital composition and realization play a part here and have resulted in the development of a visual language, which is true to the medium.

The subject matter has recently been informed by the ancient landscape around his studio on the north coast of West-Penwith.  He incorporates found imagery and textures from various sources, and creates a re-interpretation and transformation of textures and images.


VOLKER STOX studied architecture in Germany and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.  After graduation he worked as an architect for Norman Foster and later engaged extensively in the film industry as production designer in feature films, music videos, TV and commercials.

Art has been his main preoccupation through out and creating it digitally using computer  technology and programmes has been dominant in the last 15 years.

Exhibitions include:

PRINT at exchange gallery Penzance



FOUR at Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery

SOLARIZED at OSG Gallery Penryn



REVOLVER – at PZ gallery Penzance


X-POSURE at Space, – Group show May 2003



LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF ART. Los Angeles USA (one man)





ABERBACH FINE ART, LONDON W1 (2 one man shows)

Since moving to Cornwall in 2000 he has curated his first  X-POSURE exhibition at Space Gallery Penzance in 2003 together with the artist Richard Ballinger. This exhibition showed 11 Artists from Cornwall

The 2007 exhibition– REVOLVER (2007) held at PZ Gallery Penzance, which he co-curated with the artist JESSE LEROY SMITH , featured over 60 Artists with connections to Cornwall. This revolving show has been a great success and was well received and publicised.  REVOLVER ART CORNWALL  is the book he wrote and published together with Jesse Leroy Smith in 2008. This book illustrates the Revolver Cycle of exhibitions of the previous year.

Studio Sale

Featuring 12 local artists

1st – 25th February

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Exhibitions in 2017


‘It’s a Cracker!’

The Curated Christmas Show

15 Artists and Makers

Wonderful and original gifts for Christmas from as little as £3…

The Preview will be held on Sunday 3rd December 1-3pm – with nibbles and mulled wine. All warmly welcome!

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Angela Stead

‘Last Rites and Wrongs’

16th – 26th November 2017

There will be a an ‘End of Exhibition Party’ on Sunday 26th November 3-4pm

All warmly welcome!

Come along and see Angela’s joyous paintings!

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The Studio Practice Group

Newlyn School of Art

2nd-12th November 2017

There will be a Preview Party on Sunday 5th November 1-3pm

All warmly welcome

Studio Practice Group

                 14th – 27th October

All are warmly welcome to the Preview Party on Sunday 15th October, 1-3pm

Tamsin Woodford

Tamsin Woodford

This exhibition brings together paintings and drawings made over the last decade. Many have not been shown before.

I studied painting at Falmouth, graduating in 1986 and have continued to paint ever since whilst working, teaching art for Falmouth and Helston Adult Education, until recently also working as a gardener. I have shown some work with the Newlyn Society of Artists in various places including in the Royal West of England Academy and Trenemenheere.  I have also exhibited in Cadogan Contemporary, Kensington

My work is concerned with atmosphere, time passing, outer and internal worlds and an intense feeling for place. The land has always been important to me as long as I can remember.

As an artist I think you can only partly know or explain where your subject matter comes from, how one thing inspires you to paint and another doesn’t. I have a longstanding obsession with painting farms and farm buildings. Often I think I will paint something else and then find I don’t.

My childhood was spent near to and later living on farms. I remember how as a child the fields and the farmyard seemed like the whole world. A very early memory is new cattle arriving and calling all through the night. Later when my Mother and my Step-Dad were dairy farming I saw how the nature and the hard work of farming rooted farmers deeply in the place. I think when I’m painting I go back to the sense of a field or farmyard being a whole world.

Seeing several years’ work together I can see how I’ve returned to the same subjects but approached the way I paint them differently at different times.

I wanted to show my work in Morvah Schoolhouse gallery with the windows all looking out at the fields.


30th September – 13th October

 Simon Kingma and Anne Boss

‘Nature, Naked and Pure’

All are warmly invited to the Preview Party on Sunday 1st October, 1-3pm

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Simon Kingma

‘Using a range of media, Simon Kingma often produces series of works that explore the potential for everyday, overlooked objects to reveal a kind of beauty or aesthetic value through his subtle transformations. For example, the patina of a wall or abandoned tree roots are knowingly crafted into recognisable art objects that reference the by now familiar and revered formal languages of modern art, while retaining something of their humble, original place in the world.

In recent years, his relocation to Cornwall from the Netherlands, and work as a gardener at Trebah – a place that particularly inspires him – have led him to focus predominantly on reworking natural forms. His work encourages the viewer to consider and value the least significant in the everyday environment, to find pleasure and intrigue in the apparently worthless as well as the spectacular.’  by Virginia Button

Anne Boss

My work is an exploration of the essential nature and also often expresses change and process. There is a vitality in all that I paint and in recent charcoal sketches I have been hoping to communicate the vital life force and energy that is ever present.



September 16th – 29th

Preview Party on Sunday 17th September 2-4pm

All warmly welcome

Jackie Hichens and artisans

September 2nd – 15th

Preview Party on Sunday 3rd September 2-4pm

All warmly welcome

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August 19th – September 2nd

Miles Heseltine

‘Penwith Cliffs and Moorland’

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Penwith Textiles and Embroidery Group

Saturday 5th – Friday 18th August


PenTEG is run by artist Sheila Brough and is comprised of many wonderful talented artists with experience in a wide variety of creative textiles.

There will be an Exhibition Preview on Sunday 6th August, 1-3pm to which all are warmly invited.

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22nd July – 3rd August

ArtizAnnes and Figurettes


8th – 21st July

‘Six’ – An exhibition of Sculpture and Paintings

Preview Party and Meet the Artists

Sunday 9th July

All warmly welcome

Six Diana Dixon



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by Tim Knight

May 13th – 26th

Please come along to the Exhibition Preview on Sunday May 14th 1-3pm

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Sat 29th April – Friday May 12th

Paul Richards and Ray Hopley

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Saturday 15th – Friday 28th April


An exhibition of work from five local artists

Painters Nicky Huxham, Lisa Williams & Kathy Gray, Sculptor Ian Sharpe and Embroiderer Rita Williams

Come along to the Preview party

Sunday 16th April from 1-3pm

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Nicky Huxham – Artist Statement

I paint what I see around me. I love where I live and it is my constant source of inspiration.

Although my favoured medium is oil paints, I’m really painting with my feelings.  I am blown away with the beauty of what I am seeing and each painting is a reaction and a response. And throw into that mix a big portion of the mood I’m in at the time I am painting and what you see here is the result.

It’s a kind of therapy.


Lisa Williams  – Artist Statement

My artwork is mainly focused on nature and features both real and imaginary landscapes. I am influenced by children’s book illustrations and also Persian miniatures, as I share their tendency to focus on smaller details and to portray the world in a dreamlike rather than a literal way.

I am interested in how nature and wild places speak to us and provide a sanctuary in which to think and to restore our peace of mind; I aim to make paintings that create a similar effect of peace and thoughtfulness.

Kate Lockhart

Capturing the Cornish Coast

Saturday 1st April – Friday 14th April

Preview and meet the Artist – Sunday 1-3pm

All warmly welcome

Kate Lockhart


Visions from the Road less Travelled

16th -26th March

Artwork from three artists:Simon Hamling, Angela Annesley and Lisa Wisdom

Meet the Artists Exhibition Party

Sunday 19th March



All in the Mind

An exhibition of abstract paintings

by Julie Milton

2nd-12th March 2017




Thurs 2nd – Sunday 26th February

Studio Sale

Featuring 14 artists in Cornwall. Lots of wonderful varied artworks including painting, textiles, photography, jewellery, prints and cards…. All at reduced prices.

Exhibition Party Sunday 5th February

All Welcome


Exhibitions in 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful!

Thursday 8th December – Saturday 7th January

Exhibition Party Sunday 11th December

All warmly welcome

An exciting exhibition showcasing 12 local artists


Unit 11 – Sue Dove and Friends

10th Nov  – 4 Dec

We are very happy to host Sue Dove and Friends’ exhibition of their wonderfully eclectic textiles and mixed media pieces from 10 November to 4 December.

There will be an Exhibition Party on Sunday 13 November between 1 and 3pm to which you are most warmly invited.



22nd October – 6th November

Featuring 6 local artists!

Exhibition Party Sunday 23rd October 1-3pm

All welcome


Katy Hughes

Katy Sjostedt Hughes is originally from Sweden but made Cornwall her home several decades ago.

She is an accomplished painter, painting local views in her own unique style”.


Hugh Lucas – Woodworker 

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’  William Morris (1834 – 1896)
English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Hugh emerged from a long line of ancestors who have worked and crafted the earth; his work strongly reflects his deep relationship with wood.

Making suitable uses of hardwoods (favouring oak, ash, elm and sweet chestnut) often sourced from The Trelowarren Estate on the Lizard Peninsula. Where possible Hugh uses traditional hand tools and devices; shave horse, draw knives, augers, wooden planes, hand saws, gouges and rasps to create his articles.

Hugh’s journey with wood; falling out of trees (in his early years), trying to save iconic elms from extinction during the height of Dutch elm disease then latterly turning locally grown wood into lasting pieces of quality designed furniture and useful household domestic objects.

Hugh lives near St Buryan, Cornwall, with his artist wife Lisa.

“The good worker loves the board before it becomes a table, loves the tree before it yields the board, loves the forest before it gives up the tree. The good worker understands that a badly made artefact is both an insult to its user and a danger to its source.”

                   Wendell Berry (August 5, 1934)

American novelist, poet, environmental activist, and farmer. Excerpt from Home Economics (Collection of essays 1987)


 Lisa Lucas

 I am a printmaker and painter living and working in West Penwith, Cornwall. My work is expressive and semi-abstract with an emphasis on rich colour, shape, texture and mark-making. Fortunate to have always lived within a mile of the beautiful and varied Cornish coastline I’m constantly inspired by the land and seascapes of Cornwall and my travels around Mexico, the Mediterranean and Morocco.

I enjoy being in the elements…the sight of a tangle of twigs in a Cornish hedgerow, the taste of salt air as I’m buffeted by the wind on a clifftop or breathing in the intoxicating scent of orange blossom as I lean against a sun-baked wall…My senses absorb moments like these and influence the way I work.

Often, in my sketchbook, attempting to capture a memory I’ll jot down a few words similar to a Haiku poem to describe something that has captured my attention and poetry will often be the starting point for a painting…

For me a painting evolves by adding texture then gradually layering with colour and mark-making until an image emerges that resonates with me and I hope, with the viewer.

As a printmaker I frequently combine painting and a variety of printmaking techniques to create colourful monotypes and collagraphs. Incorporating leaves, seaweeds and other flotsam and jetsam, I emboss, stencil and embellish resulting in unique and original prints on paper.

I am a member of the Lands End Guild of Artists.



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Jane McAlwane – Painting and Ceramics


   I have painted for many years, mainly with water-colour, but fairly recently I have started to paint using acrylics.  Since moving back to the South-West eight years ago I have re-kindled my love of the Cornish coastline and I feel that with acrylics I am able to capture the sand, sea, rocks and cliffs of our special coastline and its amazing light far more effectively.  I usually choose to paint locations that people might recognise, where they can recall being at that spot and seeing that view, and relive the happy memories they have of Cornwall.


   An equal passion is in the textures, shapes and colours that can be achieved by working with clay to create something that not only looks and feels good to hold, but is also useful.  My pottery is, therefore, utilitarian in function but is pleasing in its form, its looks, and its feel.  All of my pots are thrown on a wheel before being slipped, glazed and fired.  They are all dishwasher-safe and freezer-friendly, and have all been made to be used.  My aim always is to make pots that give as much pleasure to the user as I have got from making them.



Carole Page Davies

Carole Page Davies was born in 1955. She trained at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1973 – 1977.  Since 1981 she has lived and worked in West Cornwall, exhibiting the Royal West of England Academy, Newlyn Art Gallery, Trelissick Gallery, the Penwith Gallery, Truro School and other venues throughout the South West.  She has worked as an Artist in Schools with the Outlook Agency and has lectured part-time at Falmouth Art College, Penzance Art School and on courses at the Lydgate Art Research Centre, Devizes and at centres in Greece and France.  She is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and one of her drawings is included in the book DRAWING TOWARDS THE END OF A CENTURY which the NSA published in 1996 to mark their centenary. Her paintings feature in Tom Cross’ book on contemporary art and artists in Cornwall, CATCHING THE WAVE, published by Halsgrove in 2002.

During the first few years in Cornwall, landscape was her predominant theme, and in particular the forces of weather, erosion, growth and decay which shape landscape.  Gradually, the relationship between the environment and what might be termed “inner landscape” has come to the fore: emotions find expression through the colours and textures of nature combined with primal symbolic forms such as the cross, the circle and the spiral.

Alongside Carole’s work as a painter runs an interest in textiles – spinning wool, dyeing with natural dyes, weaving, knitting and patchwork. These all contribute to the awareness of colour, texture and pattern which pervades her work. Organic gardening provides ideas and materials for these activities as well as a meditative approach to the natural world. Gardening allows time for sensations to enter the periphery of consciousness and to emerge later as representational or abstract imagery in a painting or collage. Increasingly, she uses photography to explore the surfaces, shapes and spaces of the natural world.

The paintings exhibited in the exhibition ‘ALLSORTS’ at the Schoolhouse Morvah in 2016 are concerned with the emotional content of moments in the landscapes of Cornwall, Devon, France and Wales over the past few years. Often there is a moment of intense light and colour – sometimes a brooding quality –  which heralds a change of weather or season. This is expressed in terms of strong shapes, intense colours and lively patterns.





Melanie Stokes

I live on the wild Cornish Penwith peninsula and create dynamic, bold paintings inspired by life and land.

Originating in my sketchbook, the images come to life in the studio through bold brushwork and vibrant colour in oils, gouache, or mixed media.

I seek to convey the mystery and sometimes paradoxical nature of being here that causes me to want to share my speechless awe.

I studied at Dundee College of Art (BA) and Chelsea College of Art (MA) and have exhibited in numerous galleries.

Brought up in Scotland, I moved to Cornwall from London nearly fourteen years ago and haven’t stopped smiling!

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8th October – 21st October

Sue Lewington and Jackie Hichens



                                                 EARTH SEA AND SKY WORKSHOPS 

Please book here – via website

or phone 07526797559

Tuesday 11th October    11.00 to 4.00pm

Watercolour Workshop with Sue Lewington  £25 per person

This workshop is suitable for all abilities including beginners and will help you to learn and improve techniques. It will also help with problems such as colour mixing, contrast and composition etc.

There will be a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 8.

Booking is essential and some materials will be supplied.

Wednesday 13th October   11.00 – 4.00pm

Simple Stitched and Folded Books with Sue Lewington £30 per person this is to include all materials.

Learn to make Simple Stitched and folded books suitable for any arts and crafts and writing projects with ideas and help for content.

There will be a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 8.

Booking is essential and all materials are included.

Tuesday 18th October     1.30 – 3.30pm

Learn to Draw Nature with Jackie Hichens  £10 materials included

Learn the basic drawing  techniques  to allow you to sketch things such as flowers, pebbles ,shells and feathers. Try different mediums to draw with such as pen, pencil, ink biro and coloured pencils.

It’s all about gaining confidence with your drawing and learning to see things differently come and have some fun in a relaxed atmosphere and if you have always wanted to learn to draw now is your chance.

There will be a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 8.

Booking is essential and all materials are included.

Wednesday 19th October  11.00  – 4.00pm

Watercolour Workshop with Sue Lewington  £25 per person

This workshop is suitable for all abilities including beginners and will help you to learn and improve techniques. It will also help with problems such as colour mixing, contrast and composition etc.

There will be a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 8.

Booking is essential and some materials will be supplied.

Thursday 20th October   1.30 – 3.30pm

Drawing Nature from a Photograph with Jackie Hichens  £10 per person

Come and learn to draw nature from a photograph .Learn what to put in and what to leave out, composition and tonal drawing to make your subject come to life.If you would like to bring a photo with you please do all other materials will be included.

There will be a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 8.

Booking is essential.

All bookings can be made with Jackie on 07526797559 and a non refundable deposit is required please see our website.

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 ‘silence is a looking bird’

September 24th – 7th October

Ceramics by Michele Cowmeadow, paintings by Maria Heitel and feltings by Rowena Scotney

– inspired by poetry

Preview Party with music -Sunday 25th September, 2-4pm

Refreshments available



Maria Heitel

Born and educated in Salisbury, foundation course at
Salisbury Art school, studied Sculpture and Fine Art at
St Martin’s (London). Married, moved to Bath;  exhibitions
in Bath and Salisbury. Moved to Cornwall, brought up
family. Later lived, worked and exhibited in San Francisco,
Hamburg and Brittany.  Moved back to West Cornwall
exhibited at Penzance Arts Club, Morvah Schoolhouse
and works in Private collections.

Michele Cowmeadow

Michele was born in London with both Celtic and Maori ancestry, (as a child her grandmother sent her Maori fairy tales from New Zealand). She studied Classics in Wales and worked for a few years in London for MAFF – moving to Cornwall at age 24. When her children started school Michele took a degree in Education and taught Art at Penzance Steiner School. She plays Cornish music regularly and is a member of several bands including the Golowan Band. Throughout her life Michele has enjoyed working in clay, and first exhibited her work in 1996 at Newlyn Art Gallery and Penlee House, joining Creftow, Helston in 2000. Michele concentrates on the decoration of her creations, bringing her love of the Classics to her posts, working in blue together with natural colours or gold and brown.  She particularly likes jug forms – with the ideal of eternal water or flourishing – life water. Michele also makes Hares and Indian runner ducks and mythic forms such as Neptune’s horses.



Rowena Scotney

Please see websitewww.rowenascotney@weebly.com 

I am a felt and textiles artist, fascinated by colour and detail, creating works that celebrate local landscapes, animals and wildlife, especially around coastal West Penwith in Cornwall where I live.

My work is often inspired by poetry that I have loved for many years and also by new poets… and certain images, a line or resonance…

I have been teaching English Literature for 14 years but am now hoping to dedicate more time to exploring and developing my artwork. I was drawn to felting from knitting and crochet and practising with flowers, to experimenting with landscapes and sketching, and love the way the feltings grow, evolve and develop by an almost transformative magic. The colours and effects can be surprising and the layering of wet-felting and needle-felting, free from rules, can create very subtle depths. Making mistakes often results in happy accidents and the process for me is such a heartfelt one too and always one of celebration. I also create needle-punch sketches, punching super-fine merino through handmade papers.

I have exhibited my work in Morvah Schoolhouse, Blue Bramble Gallery, St Ives and The Strandline Gallery, Marazion.




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 Horas Kennedy

10th – 24th September

A new exhibition starts today of the late Horas Kennedy’s work (1917-1997), curated by his daughter Lucinda. Come along and see paintings from his ‘eccentric doll collection’ as well as still life and flower compositions and portraits.

There will be no exhibition party on Sunday but please do come along 10:30-4:30 Tues – Sun, as the cafe is always open for refreshments, delicious cakes and lunches.

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North Coast Double Take – Stuart Ross and Tony Minnion

27 August -9 September

We are honoured to host an exhibition by two artists who capture and articulate the primal forces of an inspirational part of the Cornish North Coast in their vital, powerful, energetic and unique landscapes: Stuart Ross and Tony Minnion.

There will be an Exhibition Party on Sunday 28 August between 1 and 3pm and you are most warmly invited.

Chapel Porth Rocks - Tony Minnion Acrylic on Canvas - 41 x 51cm'Coast road' Stuart Ross acrylic, 54x14in, 2010

Gullyn Rock - Tony Minnion Acrylic & Charcoal on Paper - 78 x 56cm'Porthcadjack Cove' Stuart Ross charcoal, 16.5x23.5in. 2016'Portreath Bay Stuart Ross  12.10.15. oil, 12x16.5in. 2015Western Cove 7 - Tony Minnion Acrylic on canvas - 40 x 96cm

Land, Liquid and Light

 13th August – 26th August

Our next exhibition by local artists  Hilary Anderson (paintings and jewellery), Laura Hodgson (paintings) and Tim Wayne (paintings and sculptures) opens on Saturday 13 August and ends on Friday 26 August.

There will be an Exhibition Party on Sunday 14 August between 2 and 4 pm to which you are most warmly invited.

**Please note that (in contrast to what the poster says) we are open on Mondays as well as all other days of the week between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm.**

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‘An Inspiration of Art & Stitch’

Dee-Anne McCoull

Textiles Artist and Painter

30th July – 12th August 2016

You are warmly invited to the Preview Party on Sunday 31st July, 2-4pm.



Psyche’s Playhouse

16th -29th July

Our Next exhibition is Psyche’s Playhouse with paintings by Peta White and sculpture by Andrew Bird.

Come along to the Exhibition Party on Sunday 24th July

We look forward to seeing you!

** Please may we remind you that we are now open seven days a week **

 – from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

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‘The Spirit of Penwith’

2nd June – 15th July

A trio of painters from Penwith celebrating the Cornish landscape and spirit.

All warmly welcome to the Exhibition Party on Sunday 3rd June, 1-3pm



Carrie Taylor

Miles Heseltine

John Nurse


19th June – 1st July


An exhibition is by St Ives artist Sally MacCabe.  Sally is a mixed media painter who also produces jewellery, artists’ books, book sculptures and art dolls.

All are warmly welcome to the Exhibition party on Sunday 19 June between 12 and 3pm.

The exhibition will end on 1 July 2016.

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4th – 17th June

Fur and Feather – Cornish Weather

A curated show by Julia Le Vasseur of Morvah Schoolhouse

Featuring 9 local artists

A wonderful mix of paintings, ceramics, illustration, glasswork and wire sculpture celebrating the diversity of Cornish weather and wildlife!

Please come along on Sunday 5th June and meet the artists!

Refreshments available

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Jill Bevan

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Heather Frary


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Helen Gray

I have always been fascinated by animals and the natural world. I have developed a style of sculpture where I use found, recycled and natural materials such as wire, wood, glass and agricultural wrapping. I twist, knot and combine them to form a kind of three dimensional sketch of some of my favourite creatures. The natural curves, colours and shapes of the materials are used to emphasise the elegance, personality or energy of each subject.

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Nigel Haward 

Brought up in the Fens of East Anglia I was strongly influenced by giant skies, the soft atmospheric  effect of mists over water and the clear light. I use watercolours and acrylics as the media to represent the beauty of the landscape, architecture and wildlife. In Cornwall I’ve added the dynamic nature of the sea.

I have exhibited widely in West Cornwall including two very successful solo shows at the School House Gallery, Morvah ,  annual Christmas shows with Pendeen Pottery and Gallery as well as being a regular participant in Cornwall Open Studios since 2008.

I enjoy painting a wide range of subjects, specialising in landscape and seascapes. I have worked in   the countryside as a volunteer in West Cornwall with the National Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the RSPB since the 1980s and these experiences directly influence subject and content of my images.

This year I am focusing on painting ‘en plein air’ and this approach is reflected in many of the paintings in this show.

I hope you enjoy this show and do get in contact by e mail nigelhaward@hotmail.com , website www.nigelhaward.co.uk, on Facebook or phone 01736 740991.


Joe Mason

Originally from Soke-on-Trent, I moved down to West Penwith with my mum and dad over twenty years ago. I now live and work in Penzance as a freelance illustrator and maker of illustrated goods.

The surrounding area with its beautiful beaches, quirky villages and friendly,interesting people all play a part in my illustrations. I am also greatly inspired by the work of other artists – be they illustrators, designers, filmakers or writers.

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Marg Mason

Original Paintings.Prints,Cards.

After a very brief training at Newcastle-u- Lyme Art College, many many years ago, life, family and gardening took over.

Now from my clifftop garden in Porthcurno, inspired by mother nature’s changing scenes. I draw and paint again!

I feel so privileged  to have been asked to show my work here in this lovely gallery.

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Lucy Molleson

 I live in West Penwith and work as a Natural History Illustrator.

My technical drawings are used in field guides and for conservation research. I spend a lot of time ‘in the field’ observing animals in their natural environment.

The illustrations are used for species identification so they need to be detailed enough to show the unique markings of each bird or animal. I find these patterns, colours and textures fascinating because they are beautifully designed and relate to how an animal lives its life.

The images for this exhibition are a divergence of style for me. I have combined collage technique with watercolour to create simpler, graphic birds.

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Suzy Sharpe

Captivated by the natural world, I explore the countryside and coast in search of wildlife to observe and appreciate. Cornwall is an endless source of inspiration for me whether it is the chaffinch on the bird feeder to the livestock in our fields, the cliffs of the South West Coastal path or the wild and windswept inland moors, but I also enjoy travel to sites of natural and special scientific interest, or bird colonies such as my recent visit to Stokholm Island. On this occasion I became particularly obsessed with the razorbills, although the initial draw to the island was the unforgettable haunting sound of the Manx Shearwaters and its remote location.

I feel compelled to document my experience with a combination of photography and lively expressive sketches of both the landscape and the wildlife I encounter. I find myself completely engrossed by the experience so that time takes on a different meaning, my recordings often the only proof I have of the passing time. These continue to inform my paintings when I return to my studio and for many years after.


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True Nature

 Tues 24th May – Saturday 4th June

The exhibition will feature Penwith artists and makers Cathie Ashley, Graham Russell, Jane Haskings, Justin Holland, Natalia Hamon, Glenda Fletcher and Gillian McWilliam and the work, comprising sculpture, writing, painting, photography and jewellery is an exploration of ‘the detritus, turmoil, joy, beauty and adornment experienced in our everyday lives’.

Please come along on Sunday May 22nd between 2 to 4pm to celebrate the show’s opening, enjoy some refreshments and hear the Chywoone Choir!

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JUST 3 + 2

May 7th – Friday May 20th

The exhibition is an eclectic mix of work by three St Just-based painters, Wendy Denman, Faith Holliday and Jocelyn Snelson, along with ceramic artist Penny Tucker and woodcarver Arthur Warran.

There will be a Preview Party on Sunday 8th May from 2 to 4 pm to which you are all warmly invited.

Come and meet the artists!

Just 3 plus 2 exhibition

‘Strange Coincidences’

24th April – 6th May 2016

Three very different but like-minded artists…

You are warmly invited to the Preview Party on Sunday, 24th April 2-4pm


and you can also meet the artists on the following Sunday, 1st May 2-4pm.


Susi Gutierrez


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Even before I moved to the UK from Peru, I tended to feel like a stranger in a strange land. This feeling of strangeness and being unsettled has been the background (visible and invisible) to most of my thoughts and work. The themes I have developed explore what settling means for people, individually and collectively, during the passage of life. How do various landscapes influence our lives? Are they embossed in our memories exactly as they appear? Or do they take on different forms according to the places we live?

My work is a process that can start with anything that makes a connection with something else – and this mostly occurs at a subconscious level. I do not work using a specific medium: I like painting, drawing, photography and film, and find that reading fiction and philosophy in between adds interest and motivation to my work. My most recent works, in which I meld my own photographic images with both traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques, have been particularly influenced by my travels and observing other people’s behaviours and reactions with an intense curiosity.

 Art education

Art and Design Diploma Foundation, West Suffolk College 2004-2006.

Fine Art BA 2006-2009/MA Printmaking 2011-2014, Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University


  • 2006 The Lounge, Bury St Edmunds
  • 2007 Music Department at Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2008 Ruskin Gallery, Interim Show.
  • 2009 Fine Art BA degree Show, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2009-2010 Marshall Aerospace. Two works selected from the degree show by the company.
  • March 2010, Grafton Centre, Cambridge. Changing Spaces project.
  • June 2010, Displacement and Rediscovery, The Basement, Bury St Edmunds. Solo exhibition organized by Arts-heads.
  • October 2010, Hopscotch, Art cell, Adenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge
  • November 2011, ‘Ink’ RK Burt Gallery, Union Street, London
  • February 2012, Buddhist Centre, Cambridge
  • April 2012, Bury St Edmunds, Gallery Cathedral
  • June 2013, Summer Exhibition at the St Ives Society of Artists, Cornwall
  • November 2013, St Ives Society of Artists
  • December 2013-January 2014, The Sloop, St Ives.
  • December 2013, Penwith Gallery, St Ives
  • May 2013, St Ives Society of Artists
  • June 2013, Art Club, St Ives
  • June 2013, Penwith Gallery, St Ives
  • September 2014: Unscripted Dialogues as part of the MA Printmaking degree show ‘Platform’ at the Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
  • December 2014: Associates Christmas Show at Penwith Gallery, St Ives
  • February 2015: Penwith Gallery winter show
  • June 2015: Penwith Gallery Associates and Members summer show
  • June 2015: Art Cafe, St Ives – solo exhibition: Situations
  • August 2015: Salt House, St Ives, collective exhibition, three artists – Different Stories
  • October 2015: Centrespace Gallery, Bristol – Overflow
  • 2016 Strange Coincidences, Morvah Schoolhouse – Joint Exhibition

Graham Pullen


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My background in screen printing dates back to the 1970s when I first worked for a screen printer and then lectured at the London College of Printing. However, the chemicals used at the time were highly toxic and damaging, so I decided instead to move on to a career in IT and, later, the travel industry.

But I never lost my love of printing, and the introduction of water-based inks a few years ago was enough to entice me into investing in my own screen-printing kit. Moving to St Ives, I’ve been lucky enough to work on commissions for textile pieces based on artworks by Sandra Blow and Terry Frost. I also run introductory workshops on different aspects of screen printing, which I’m hoping to expand this summer.

I find the flexible nature of screen printing entirely engrossing: whilst you can control and be very precise about the images you produce, the process also allows you to be highly experimental with colour and light exposures. It really is a strange coincidence that Susi and Gary invited me to exhibit with them, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating the series that I’m exhibiting: an abstract take on the sea and shoreline discoveries.


Certificate of Education, 1977, London University

HND Computer Studies (Distinction), 1982, Plymouth Polytechnic

BA, (Technology/Computing/Mathematics), 1987, Open University

MBA (Distinction), 2002 Graduate School of Business, Grenoble, France


  • 2016 Strange Coincidences, Morvah Schoolhouse – Joint Exhibition

Gary Rogers

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I simply enjoy the creative process. There is a childlike absorption of working with your hands (and your head) to transform paper, paint etc into something else – sometimes a practical/functional object, at other times a complete abstraction.

I now work mostly with papercrete – a mixture of paper, cement and sand – that I can mould into objects for indoor living spaces or outdoor gardens and patios. I have found a material and way of working that is both physically satisfying and allows me the creative freedom to see where it can take me and it.

Art education

Art ‘A’ Level, 1977, Isleworth Grammar School

BA in Art in the Community, 2005, Thames Valley University

Printmaking, 2005, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berks

Five-day Throwing Course, 2014, Leach Pottery, St Ives


  • 2005 Printmakers’ Exhibition, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berks
  • 2006 Elysium Arts Joint Exhibition, Bank Gallery, Chobham, Surrey
  • 2007 Elysium Arts Joint Exhibition, National Trust Gallery, Runnymede, Surrey
  • 2008 Mencap Photographic Collage Prize Winner
  • 2009-2011 Artist-in-Residence and Gallery Manager, Runnymede Gallery, Surrey
  • 2013 Winter Joint Exhibition, Morvah Schoolhouse, Cornwall
  • 2015 Glinary Pots sold by Surreal Succulents at Tremenheere Sculpture Garden
  • 2016 Strange Coincidences, Morvah Schoolhouse – Joint Exhibition



April 10th -22nd

A wonderful variety of artworks from members of PenTEG (Penwith Textiles and Embroidery Group).

We request the pleasure of your company at the Preview Party on Sunday 10th April between 2 and 4 pm.

Light refreshments available.

Come along and meet the artists!

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Sheila Brough, the inspirational art teacher who runs PenTEG, provided the following statement:

PenTEG – The Penwith Textile and Embroidery Group – return to Morvah Schoolhouse this April with an exhibition that focuses on many different kinds of textile art by a well-established group of artists.

Work ranges from large pieces to miniatures and there is an equally diverse range of techniques. There are traditional items, including counted thread, gold work, crochet and weaving, but also individually dyed and hand-painted textiles, rag-rugging and silk painting. We are also happy to include wood-turning by guest exhibitor Ron Gries.

We will be displaying several themed topics, garnered from our workshop sessions, including weaving on card, working with a pre-felt piece from ‘Poundland’ and dyeing with the use of a micro-wave or pressure-cooker.

Some of the work will be on sale, other pieces have been kindly loaned by friends and families of the exhibitors.

We meet every Tuesday during term-time at St. Thomas’s Church, Heamoor and there are morning and afternoon sessions at £6 per 2.5 hour session.


Twenty exhibitors will be showing their work.


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Jeanette Bancroft

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Heather Hammond James

Individual, Unique Textile Sketch Book Covers. Their use is as wide as your imagination.  Handmade in West Penwith.

Alan James

Wildlife & Scenic Photographer -selling cards and pictures

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Sally Hopper Stainsby

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Anne Whalley

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Angela Worrall

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The Soul Carters

22nd March – 8th April

Preview Party Sunday 27th March from 2-4pm

Come along and meet the artists!

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John Soul, b. 1945. Graduated from Falmouth School of Art 1973 with a BA Honours Degree.

He has taught painting and drawing in England, Cochin in India, Sri Lanka and Iceland and is now retired and lives in Cornwall.

He is pleased to present some work (past and recent) here at Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery.


Julie Carter


Tim Knight


From 10th – 20th March

This is our exhibition of photography, ‘Petrified’ by a new artist to the gallery, Tim Knight. Tim’s work focuses on an exploration of organic matter and connotations surrounding the concept of petrification.

The exhibition runs from the 10th to the 20th of March and it would be wonderful to see you.

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I had no ability in Art at school and my attempts to draw now are still a source of hilarity to my grown up children! I am a Chemistry Undergraduate from Imperial College, London and have taught science for thirty years now, first in an Inner City Comprehensive in Leicester, 21 years at Brannel School in St Stephen and in the last year at St. Joseph’s in Launceston.

Two crucial moments in my development as a photographer were my brother buying me an Olympus Trip camera for my 21st birthday and my family moving to Cornwall in 1990, as it felt as if I had come home at last and in that homecoming I had found my subject. Not only did I love the landscape, the remote beaches only accessible by scrambling, the granite tors that stood like ancient sentinels on the hilltops and the antiquities, not ‘red rose’ but surely still half as old as time but also it felt as if I could express my feelings through them in a way that I hadn’t been able to do elsewhere.

I still use slide film for my photography and perhaps this is linked to my being a Chemistry Undergraduate with chemistry still being central to capturing the image. Not only that but, the final image will not be the same as the one that I see and I have to try and ‘perceive the world as the film sees it, making for a fascinating and creative game.

Recent Exhibitions

Agora Gallery New York, November 2014

Trevisan Gallery, Bologna – December 2014

Morvah Schoolhouse March 10th – March 20th 2016.

Contributor Getty Images (istock) August 2015 onwards.

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The Great Annual Studio Sale!!

Thursday 28 January until 6th March


An excellent opportunity to pay a visit to the Schoolhouse and to have coffee, tea and cake or lunch and to have a browse and possibly find a very reasonably priced piece of art….

Exhibition Party on Sunday 31 January between 1 and 3pm.

All warmly invited.

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 Exhibitions in 2015

Sue Dove and Friends

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from Thursday 10 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016

Exhibition Party on Sunday 20 December from 1 to 3pm

All Welcome




From 12th November to 6th December

Come along for some festive fun to our Exhibition Party

Sunday 15th November,  1 – 3pm

Mulled wine and mince pies galore!

All warmly welcome.

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Artists taking part:

Hilary Anderson: painting

Dymphna Hermans: textiles

Steve Driver: painting

Sue Lewington: painting, handmade books

Jackie Hichens: painting, bookmaking

Sharon McSwiney: jewellery and metalwork

Jane McAlwane: pottery

Tim Casey: blown glass

The Exhibition is an eclectic mix of eight local artists all inspired by Cornwall’s diverse landscape.


Jane McAlwane – Pottery

Jane’s principal focus has been on the production of practical pots using a Donyatt clay mix, traditional methods with ash and local mineral glazes. Her pots are water, oven, dishwasher and weatherproof.

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Dymphna Hermans – Textiles

Dymphna has been quilting for over thirty years.  Initially traditional quilts but has now developed her own style.  Her present work is inspired by her long distance walk along the South West Coast Path.

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Sue Lewington – Paintings, handmade books

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Jackie Hichens – Painting, Book-making

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Hilary Anderson – Paintings and Jewellery

For as long as I can remember, I have been captivated by colour and texture.

So it’s not surprising that I am fascinated and absorbed by the ever-changing landscape beneath cloud shadow and sunlight.  In a second the light can change over rocks, grass, walls and sea surfaces.  I find myself pursuing that elusive moment, hoping to capture some part of it in my work.

I would love to think it might evoke perhaps a memory, or some other emotional response as you enter my world.

Thank you for sharing it with me.

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Sharon McSwiney: Jewellery and Metalwork

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Steve Driver – Painting


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The Poetry of Animals

29th October to 8th November 2015

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As the woodlouse replied to the poet, ‘Can I close dead ears against the rush and resonance of things? …I am likewise the created, – I the equipoise of thee’.

From ‘The Poet and the Woodlouse’ by A. C. Swinburne (c.1904)

The exhibition is a poetic celebration of animals, both as metaphor for the human condition (as expressed in the many poems which inspired the artworks here) and for the creatures themselves, with ideas explored around experience, curiosity, journeying, growth, transience, life and death. Some of the artworks also communicate the delicate balance and bond between human and animal and how this is disrupted via threat and survival in nature.

From the universal to the tiny insect, with seriousness and with humour, the exhibition aims to celebrate the cosmic life force and energy which suffuses us all, unravelling, as the poet Mary Oliver expresses in ‘Wild Geese’, ‘[our] place in the family of things’.


Rowena Scotney

Please see websitewww.rowenascotney@weebly.com 

Living in the wild and beautiful West Penwith, surrounded by the sea, I am constantly inspired by the seasons, the weather, the colours, land and seascapes…tiny details of colour, shadows and patterns in rocks, plants, clouds and the many birds and wildlife. I am fascinated by the energy of the landscape and the human/animal relationship.

I’ve been teaching English Literature for 14 years but have recently hoped very much to dedicate more time to exploring and developing my artwork. I love to combine poetry with my work and am often inspired by lines in poetry and novels and the ‘colour’ of words as well as the rhythms and shapes of certain words together. I also like to ‘paint’ conversations and their movement and energies.

I was drawn to felting from knitting and crochet and practising with flowers, to experimenting with landscapes and sketching and love the way they grow, evolve and develop by an almost transformative magic. The colours and effects can be surprising and the layering of wet-felting and needle-felting, free from rules, can create very subtle depths. Making mistakes often results in happy accidents; the process for me is such a heartfelt one too and always one of celebration.

I am learning about different fleeces, fibres and textures and their effects and also combining unusual embellishments, as well as beads, sequins, wire and stitching. In looking forward to further exploration and new paths, my dream would be to develop my work into a full-time business. I have gained so much confidence with three local exhibitions, and with selling original work, cards and prints on a regular basis.

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The Cat and the Moon (Minnaloushe) – W B Yeats
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The Red Wheelbarrow – W C Williams (Porthmeor, the Zennor Road)
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The Poet speaks to the Woodlouse – A C Swinburne
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Wild Geese – Mary Oliver Canada Geese over Marazion Marshes
‘There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow’ – Hamlet
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The Cat and the Sea – R S Thomas Godrevy Lighthouse
James Bartley – Man and Whale
‘A foraging wild creature, intent above all upon survival, is as strong as the grass’ – Richard Adams


Suzy Sharpe

Please see website http://www.suzysharpeart.com

Captivated by the natural world, I explore the countryside and coast in search of wildlife to observe and appreciate. Cornwall is an endless source of inspiration for me whether it is the chaffinch on the bird feeder to the livestock in our fields, the cliffs of the South West Coastal path or the wild and windswept inland moors, but I also enjoy travel to sites of natural and special scientific interest, or bird colonies such as my recent visit to Stokholm Island. On this occasion I became particularly obsessed with the razorbills, although the initial draw to the island was the unforgettable haunting sound of the Manx Shearwaters and its remote location.

I feel compelled to document my experience with a combination of photography and lively expressive sketches of both the landscape and the wildlife I encounter. I find myself completely engrossed by the experience so that time takes on a different meaning, my recordings often the only proof I have of the passing time. These continue to inform my paintings when I return to my studio and for many years after.

 A Creative Response to the Natural World. 

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My father was a butcher and I find the fascination I had then a chickens foot or a bulls eye remains in that I find myself unable to walk by a road killed crow or a slightly rotting sea bird without stopping to admire its beauty even in death. It is not only the enchanting beauty of the Birds and Animals that entice me to create, during my encounters and observations, by their movements and reactions; I am unavoidably confronted by questions around the human-animal relationship. I engage in thoughtful projects such as the ‘Ghost of Gone Birds’ project at the Migration Festival in Camden, painting extinct birds as an attempt to resurrect them through art. These highlighted the fate of current endangered birds and the way in which humans had impacted or were often instrumental in the extinction of the birds I was painting. I like to support charities such as Compassion in World Farming, The Wildlife Trusts and The Mousehole Bird Hospital, who do such an amazing job in raising awareness, protecting and helping birds and animals locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2014 I completed my MA in Authorial Illustration, I created a contemporary bestiary, bringing together a variety of elements of the multi-faceted human-animal relationship; intended for display as an installation and catalogue entitled The Beautiful and The Damned. I brought my own ideologies into question and the paintings became a stimulus for conversation. Many people found the paintings moving, dark and disturbing.

I seem locked into an unceasing attempt to create a dialogue around the human/animal relationship, exploring, confronting, celebrating and try to rationalise my understanding it. Whether it is through a subtle glint in the eye of a bird, the non-verbal communication in the stance of a hare or the literal depiction of an issue I am compelled to confront.

In all of my work I hope to raise a smile or a question and share a little of the pleasure that the creating of the work brought to me.


Michele Cowmeadow

Michele was born in London with both Celtic and Maori ancestry, (as a child her grandmother sent her Maori fairy tales from New Zealand). She studied Classics in Wales and worked for a few years in London for MAFF – moving to Cornwall at age 24. When her children started school Michele took a degree in Education and taught Art at Penzance Steiner School. She plays Cornish music regularly and is a member of several bands including the Golowan Band. Throughout her life Michele has enjoyed working in clay, and first exhibited her work in 1996 at Newlyn Art Gallery and Penlee House, joining Creftow, Helston in 2000. Michele concentrates on the decoration of her creations, bringing her love of the Classics to her posts, working in blue together with natural colours or gold and brown.  She particularly likes jug forms – with the ideal of eternal water or flourishing – life water. Michele also makes Hares and Indian runner ducks and mythic forms such as Neptune’s horses.




  From 15th October – 25th October

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 Nicky Huxham

As eating is essential for physical health and wellbeing, so I find painting essential for mental spiritual and emotional health and wellbeing.

And as I hadn’t painted in quite a few years I found myself in the pit of despair.

Sometimes the ordinary, the necessary and the everyday take over and leave no time in your life for you.  This is a dangerous place to be, drifting through life with no sense of direction, purpose or balance.

This is where I was when I started to paint once again.  I was going to paint something but I didn’t know what, so I just started.  I was listening to some music and a song came on called ‘You Make Me Brave’ by Amanda Cook and Bethel Music.  ‘You make me brave, you make me brave, you call me out beyond the shore into the waves………’

And there we have it; I painted a wave. I stood back and felt sea sick. I am not brave. I have lived by the sea most of my life and have barely ventured out beyond knee deep.

I loved that song and I loved my painting and something needed to change. I needed to change. I wanted to paint more waves but I also wanted to experience what I was painting and to paint the sea from beyond the shore.

I decided to stop watching others and do it for myself.  I booked surf lessons.

I had to overcome a lot of fears to take those lessons, but on my daughters first day of school last September, I had my first ever surf lesson, down at Sennen with Smart Surf School. It was exhilarating, exhausting, scary and liberating all at the same time, with some seriously emotional highs all thrown in; and over the following 12 months I went from the pit of despair with a packet of anti depressants to the crest of a wave pill free. All because of a painting, a song, a surf lesson and a bit of bravery.

I can say that every other painting of mine in this ‘Eternal Blue’ exhibition has been painted post surfing!

And yes. I do still.

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Kathryn Stevens

Since graduating from Bath School of Art and Design in July 2013, BAHons Fine Art, Kathryn Stevens has had an exciting start to her career so far.

Following her passion for art, oil paint and colour, she moved back to Cornwall and became a resident at Krowji creative studios.

The materiality of paint is something she has been exploring in her work; how paint works, the movement of paint, and the physicality of paint on the canvas. There is a playfulness between the controlled and uncontrolled method of painting. The paintings have a raw ‘in the moment’, unique and subtle quality to how the marks and colours were created.

She also supplies her work to galleries in Bath, Dorset and Oxford.

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                                                     From Sunday 27 September to Friday 9 October 2015

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Preview Party on Sunday 27 September between 2 and 4pm

All warmly invited.


Enduring_Seed[1]Melanie Stokes makes radiant and contemplative paintings of the beautiful Cornish landscape around St Michael’s Mount, St Ives and St Just-in-Penwith.
Originating in her sketchbook, the images come to life in the studio through bold brushwork and vibrant colour in oils, gouache or mixed media.
She seeks to convey the mystery of being here that causes her heart to want to share her speechless awe.

Painting, for her, visits the fluidity of creation to ask: how an I evolve my perceptions and expectations of the landscape – both as genre and process – beyond the habitual and predictable? She believes we become co-creators of new possibilities, in art and life, when we look at the world with gratitude, joy, reflextion…and love.


Melanie replacementtShe first daubed her wellies in West Scotland and then studied art in Edinburgh and Dundee, gaining a grounding in Scottish Colourism allied to a passion for gesture and semi-abstraction. She followed this with an MA at Chelsea College of Art, London, and worked successfully in London as an artist and muralist. She moved to Cornwall in 2003 and had a child with her partner, David.
Her painting has continued to develop in exciting ways and is regularly shown at Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion and Bank Square Gallery, St Just and now,                                                                                                                  for the first time, at the Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery.

From 12 to 25 September 2015:


Steve Payter



The camera never lies.  But it often tells only part of the story because a camera’s digital sensor has a limited ‘dynamic range’ and can’t capture the entire spectrum of light and dark in the way the human eye automatically does.  The challenge to recreate the missing details is the driving force behind the work of photographer and image maker, Steve Payter.

In his early career, Steve used photographic darkroom skills such as ‘dodging’ and ‘burning’ to fully exploit an image during the developing and printing process.  However, the move from film to digital opened new opportunities for a self-professed ‘photo-geek’ like Steve and radically changed the way he worked.

He now employs HDR bracketing techniques during shooting (i.e. taking a series of simultaneous shots at varying exposure levels), before returning to the studio and editing each image within a complex and experimental digital workflow to draw out the natural luminance and tone in both the shadows and the highlights. He unlocks and reveals every detail vital to the integrity of the subject, and his ultimate aim is to make the viewer feel as if they are physically immersed in the scene and not simply looking at a photograph.

Coastwatch is a study of the beautiful Penwith Peninsula, from the magic of its stunning sunsets to the mystery of its Megaliths, the decaying memories of its mining heritage and the ever present influence of the sea.  All images are printed and finished by Steve himself in the studio, giving him control over the entire process from ‘shooting’ to ‘hanging’.

Although his work has sold internationally, he now finds it hard to drag himself from his adopted home in Penwith, discovering more than enough inspiration here to keep his camera switched on, his editing skills honed and his creativity buoyant.



Lea Cammack

From Sunday 30 August to Friday 11 September we are hosting Lea Cammack’ wonderfully colourful pictures. The Preview Party is on Sunday 30 August and all are welcome.

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Lea writes this about her life and art:

All I can really say about what I paint is that it is almost entirely from my imagination with only a small input from outside of me. Some of that inspiration comes from my journeys; real, imaginary and virtual. There is nothing ethereal about my work and I do not ever intend to describe it in any other way than I just have.

I don’t like the texture of canvas so cover it with different types of texture.  I find this often influences the shapes and enhances the strong colours.

My interest in art began when I was 9 years old. That year I first visited Cornwall, got to know the Art Gallery in Birmingham and for Christmas had a book on contemporary art.

I went to Gloucester Art College and studied photography. I have no formal art training other than a Foundation course.

After that my life took me in a multitude of directions but I kept my love of art. I have written, worked for theatre companies, run a festival and done manual labour.

Not until three years ago did I start painting again. I explored different techniques, varied surfaces and the liquidity of paint. Last year I bought some old brushes from a wonderfully weird shop in Penzance and my work started changing.

This exhibition is simply an expression of how colour can move between other colours.

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Photography by Simon Cook 01736 360041


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15 to 29 August 2015

An exhibition of paintings, books, craftwork and workshops for all the family, inspired by nature

You are very welcome to the Preview Party on Sunday 16 August between 2 and 4pm

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There will be daily workshops in the Gallery every day during this exhibition. Please see the schedule below or consult the website: www.travellingartclassesandholidays.co.uk

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1 to 14 August 2015

You are warmly invited to the Preview Party on Sunday 2 August between 2 and 4pm

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Dee-anne is a versatile textile artist, painter and designer based in Cornwall. Her work has been seen and collected all over the world including Australia and the USA. One of her most successful pieces is of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. It is a large 3d structure using wire and stitch portraying the trauma and devastation we all felt at the time.“Never a dull moment” describes her colourful life. Her inspiration comes from Cornwall. She manages to capture the emotion of the sea in her work, making it wildly powerful and evocative.

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18-31 July 2015

We are very exited to host a selection of Horas Kennedy’s paintings.  You are warmly invited to the Preview Party on Sunday 19 July between 2 and 4pm.

Horas Kennedy spent much of his youth in St Ives with his grandparents who were both painters. He pursued a career as a diplomat and painted whenever he could find the time – not always easy with an exacting career and a family of five children.

He retired to Nancledra almost 25 years ago and has been painting seriously ever since. He has shown his work at various  galleries and venues in Penwith over the years: the Sandpiper Gallery in Mousehole, Zennor Village Hall,  Duke Street Gallery in Newlyn and La Tienda in St Ives among others.



Beasts, Books and Barrows (2 to 17 July 2015)

This show is curated by Julia Le Vasseur on behalf of Morvah Schoolhouse. It runs from Saturday 4 July to Friday 17 July 2015. There will be a Preview Party on Sunday 5 July between 2 and 4pm.

Exhibiting artists are: John Allen, Michelle Cowmeadow, Chris Mowe,  Deryl Petrucci, Suzy Sharpe, Lee Stevenson and Hebe Vaizey

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Chris Mowe

Chris has been self-employed for most of his working life. He started out as a butcher’s apprentice at the age of 11, and later worked as a lorry driver. He ran a mobile grocery shop until he discovered a love of antiques and began buying, selling and restoring them in the 1960s. This developed into making furniture from reclaimed timber based on old patterns and painted in an antiqued style. Now retired Chris spends his time in his workshop on the beautiful coast of Penwith producing works in relaimed wood. Decoration in a simple folk art style with an honest simplicity gives a rustic, time-worn feel to all his work.

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Hebe Vaizey

Having finished a foundation course in Art atBraintree college, Hebe went on to complete a degree in Visual Studies at Norwich School of Art and Design in 2002. A year of travelling followed this and then a very short career in fabric design. Eventually, Hebe started up her own business in recycled metal sculpture which was fairly successful until a job at The National Theatre presented itself quite suddenly. The next seven years were spent working backstage in the Construction department. She started as a metalworker and then progressed on to the Armoury and Special Effects department making anything from chandeliers and staircases to leather scabbards, giant rain effects and fireball explosions on stage. She also found herself repairing firearms and training actors in how to use them which was part of the reason why she decided it was time to move on.

The theatre had also introduced her to the world of film and television so with all of these under her home-made belt, she decided to move to Cornwall where there was very little of any of the above, but plenty of creativity and inspiration! She now works as a metal girl again in a shed in Zennor and also does a bit of drawing on the side. She makes and sells her sculptures locally and also does gates, railings and a bit of structural stuff. Every now and again however, you might find her doing random things like making an 8 metre ‘brain sculpture’ for a show in London, working in the local café, building a burning Christmas tree for The Eden Project or making a film in any number of unusual places.


Lee Stevenson

Lee Stevensonwas born in Penzance and grew up in Penwith. So it is no surprise that this landscape has become such a big influence to his work.

Although drawing is the foundation of his working  method, he finds that the printmaking process can lead to a great deal of innovation. What develops out of the original subject matter often acquires an unexpected life of it’s own. Accidents are often fortuitous. It is his inability to predict the final outcome that makes print-making so fascinating.

His paintings show a more immediate response to their subject matter. They are often painted within a few miles of where he lives as he usually  returns to the same place several times before finishing a piece. He thinks it is the constantly changing light and weather conditions in Cornwall as much as the fascinating landscape that makes Cornwall such a joy to paint.

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Suzy Sharpe

Suzy’s practice is broadly based, she recently graduated with distinction from the MA Illustration:Authorial Practice at Falmouth University following a her BA in Fine Art at Plymouth, her interests are held together with a continual attempt to create a dialogue around the human/animal relationship. She is a part time Lecturer on the BA hons Contemporary Creative Practice at Cornwall College  and currently lives in rural west Cornwall where a variety of non human animals, including livestock, pets and wildlife punctuate her days and inspire her work.  Issues relating to food, farming, wildlife, pet keeping and the effects that humans have on the environment are always at the for front of my mind and research.  Using he work as a vehicle she  explores, questions and celebrates the relationships between humans, animals and the environment that we share. 

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Deryl Petrucci


6 June to 3 July 2015

(not 19 June as advertised on the poster)

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The Exhibition is an eclectic mix of seven local artists all inspired by Cornwall’s diverse landscape.

Pottery by Jane McAlwane – her principal focus has been on the production of practical pots using a Donyatt clay mix, traditional methods with ash and local mineral glazes.   Her pots are water, oven, dishwasher and weatherproof.

Joan Speight – tutored by John Piper and Mercedes Smith (MA) works mostly in oil and has been painting and selling her work for ten years.   Her work can be viewed in the Market House Gallery, Marazion.

Dymphna Hermans – has been quilting for over thirty years.  Initially traditional quilts but has now developed her own style.  Her present work is inspired by her long distance walk along the South West Coast Path.

Judith Vincent – has been painting in oils since 2003 with initial tuition from Mercedes Smith (MA).  She takes her inspiration from local surroundings and aims to create atmospheric paintings.

Angela Challacombe – loves to work in recycled materials when making bags and is inspired by the colours around Penwith when designing her hats.

Lesley Bickley  – tutored by Reg Watkiss, Bill Pickard, Colin Scot and Nicola Tilley she paints flowers, seascapes and the countryside with both oils and acrylics. For this exhibition she has focused on flowers.

Keith Bennett – wanders the west Coast of Penwith finding suitable subjects for his paintings. You simply must come and see them.


23 May to 5 June 2015

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Julia Kerrison’s paintings and pastels explore the hidden beauty in seemingly mundane natural finds – a branch of pine cones is magnified and spotlit to become an elfin wand, the distant smoke of a bushfire charges the empty fields with rainbow colours, tiny jewel-coloured birds are symbols of hope in a dark land.  Julia trained initially in the theatre, focusing on scenic art, puppetry and mask making, before moving into fine art and illustration. This theatrical element is reflected in her work – rich colours and dramatic lighting are softened by a delicate, multi-layered technique resulting in atmospheric scenes which appeal to both the senses and emotions

She chooses her materials carefully to reflect the mood and subject of each piece, from delicate pencil drawings to darker, more atmospheric pastel work and vibrant acrylics.  Julia has worked and trained in both London and New York. She was the house artist for Trapdoor Theatre Company from 2000 – 2004, has worked at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and her paintings have been exhibited as far afield as New Orleans and Australia.

Her more recent exhibitions include “With New Eyes” at the Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery, all 4 “100 Square Foot” shows in Leytonstone, the Trannack Secret Art Sale which she also led workshops for, the 100 Journals Project, and artwork for the 2011 Brighton smash hit “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues”.  She also curated the 2009 and 2010 “Volunteers on the Ramp Wall” exhibitions for The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery.

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Clive Daniels has traveled extensively and lived all over the UK, spending many years as a travelling artist for hire doing private commissions and selling to collectors.  His work has ranged from the political (a protest mural in Israel) to more organic work inspired by ancient legends and fairy tales.  He now lives in Cornwall, and much of his work in this exhibition is influenced by the dramatic landscape and beautiful underwater colours found in the South West.



Kate Hocking trained initially at Redruth Art School (then Camborne College), gaining A levels in Fine Art, Printing & Pottery.  She continued her training at Penzance School of Art and her pottery has featured in their annual exhibitions every year since 2003.

Kate combines several art forms to produce truly unique work, etching fine art drawings onto clay pots using a wide variety of techniques including underglaze pencils, graffiti, slabbing and throwing. She is passionate about history, especially Cornish history, and explores in particular the poverty of early Cornish communities. Kate depicts mining scenes and crafts engine houses from materials carefully chosen to reflect these themes of age and utility.  Her earthenware pieces and coloured glazes reflect the local landscape and vividly capture the local industry and community of the 1900’s.

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Graham Bewick  started painting a couple of years ago and this is his first exhibition and we are very pleased to have him.


27th April to 22nd May

Maria Heitel and David Lewis


Richard Guy
Richard Guy SOLD

From the Coast Road – 20th to 31st July

Three St Just artists interpret our unique landscape around  Morvah

Justus Hattam, Jane Adams and Richard Guy

Christine Spencer-Green
Christine Spencer-Green

Place – 5th to 18th July

An exhibition of art inspired by a sense of place

Geoffrey Bickley, Jill Bevan, Lisa Harrison, Katie Hughes and Christine Spencer-Green.

Ellena Fries
Ellena Fries

Figures in the Landscape – 27th June to 4th July

An exhibition of sculpture and paintings inspired by natural forms

Clive Daniels, Ellena Fries and Alan Tugwell

Peter Williams

WILD – 7th to 20th June

An exhibition of photographic images and works on paper;  including an artist in residency project

Peter Williams and Andrea Carr

Julia Kerrison SOLD
Julia Kerrison SOLD

Bright New Things – 24th May to 6th June

A vibrant exhibition of paintings and pottery

Julia Kerrison, Clive Daniels and Kate Hocking

Fergus Hilton

Fergus Hilton  –  10th to 23rd May

A painting retrospective

Dawn Hankins
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Spring Time Splash – 28th April to 9th May

An exhibition of art work, ceramics and jewellery from West Penwith

Janette Huddle, Dawn Hankins, Gilly Georgiou, Jacob Bodilly and Rosemary Evans

Belinda Landini
Belinda Landini

Five Go Down to Morvah – 13th to 24th April

Paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery

Jill Bevan, Peter Charnley, Diane Hadden, Belinda Landini, Mary White


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Lisa Harrison SOLD

Earth, Wind and Fire – 1st to 11th April

Environmental arts from five artisan makers: blacksmith, greenwood worker, basket maker and two painters

Lisa Harrison, Sue Lewington, Hugh Lucas, Angela Stead, Tish Smith

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Rowena Sadler SOLD

Mingling Elements – 20th to 30th March

Paintings, textiles and ceramics inspired by West Cornwall

Shelia Brough, Alan Brough, Seth Marshall, Sue Marshall, Rowena Sadler, Astrid Sapion, The Raveled Sleeve