You may think we have covered everything you could possibly want to know about Cornwall, and we very nearly have. However, one aspect of Cornish life we haven’t written about yet is art.
Whether you are interested in visiting galleries and museums to experience the works of some of the greats, or you would like a more hands-on approach in the guise of art classes and workshops, Cornwall has something to suit you. As we have all learned by now, the region really does have something to offer everyone.
For a little art and culture in your Cornish itinerary, here’s where to start your search.
Discovering the art of Cornwall
Exhibitions and Galleries
Whichever school of art your preferences lie in, the Artists in Cornwall website is an excellent place to start. From a guide to which artists to look out for in your chosen field, to plenty of useful resources, the website even has an online shop so you don’t need to do any legwork to find some excellent pieces.
Although the Tate itself is closed until Spring 2017, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden remains open and is definitely worth a visit. The museum offers a valuable insight into the life of the 20th century artist, with an array of sculpture, paintings and more on display.
Of course, if you’re planning to visit Cornwall after the Tate St Ives reopens, we would highly recommend adding it to your shortlist.
Some of the other galleries worth exploring during your Cornish trip include the following:
- Art Space Gallery, St Ives
- Guild of Ten, Truro
- Jo Downs Glass Gallery, Various Locations
- John Miller Paintings, Online
- Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery, Penryn
- New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives
- Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance
- The Exchange, Penzance
- The Poly, Falmouth
- Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance
- Whistlefish, Various Location
St Ives has long been a base and muse for painters, making it a must-see on the itinerary of any art enthusiast.
Art Classes and Workshops
Sometimes simply appreciating great art isn’t enough – sometimes it inspires a desire to create something of your own. Perhaps it’ll be the push you need to rediscover a neglected favourite pastime?
Newlyn Art School offers a wide range of art courses, many of which are taught by well-known artists based in and around Cornwall. The 35 courses listed in the prospectus include 1 week-long landscape painting, weekend courses running over the course of a year and painting holidays on Tresco Island.
The list of tutors is just as impressive as the list of courses.
Remember to book in advance if you intend to take some classes at Newlyn.
As we mentioned earlier, St Ives has long been a favourite with the artists of Cornwall, making it entirely unsurprising that the town hosts an excellent art school.
From art holidays and long courses to more casual evening workshops, this is the place to go if you want to improve your painting skills in Cornwall.
Again, make sure to book in advance once you spot a course you’d like to attend.
This residential art school in the Tamar Valley offers a range of courses suitable for artists of all abilities, from complete novice to seasoned expert.
The courses are either one, three or six days long, with accommodation in a 4-star Georgian townhouse available.
Have a look at the Callington Art School website now to see what’s running during the remainder of 2016.