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Exhibitions // Coming up // POSTPONED: Tide and Time
31 March

POSTPONED: Tide and Time

Unfortunately, this exhibition has been postponed following careful consideration of the current course of the Covid-19 pandemic, please see here for information. The new dates will be 29 March - 3 April 2021.

Lindsey Morgan Lundie


My work at the moment is exploring a journey through perspective, using collage, paint and drawing methods. Using bright colour palates and geometric shapes inspired by John Tunnard and other 1920-1940 artists.


Vicky Cucknell


Vicky Gould ‘s abstract compositions depict aerial views of coasts, reefs, bathing areas and shorelines of the great Atlantic and Pacific; where ocean meets earth.  As a keen long-boarder and water lover, an obsession with the sea has been a constant source of inspiration for her work in painting and more recently, etching. This current series of work explores paddling patterns for water users on the North Coast of Cornwall.

Sue Newell

Light and colour are essential catalysts for my creativity. Elements of nature and textiles also feature in my work due to my love of the outdoors and a passion for fabrics

I am drawn to the atmospheric paintings of the European impressionist painters, and, in particular, the seascapes of Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla.


Maxine Whitbread –Abrutat

Maxine’s practice questions the power, structure and beauty of the Cornish landscape, looking at the nature of its sweeping energy and ravaged appearances. The 20th century Cornish artists such as Peter Lanyon, Margo Maeckelberghe, Wilhelmina Barns Graham and the more recent artists, Jeremy Gardiner, and Carolyn Genders, have encouraged her to explore ways of capturing the climate and interpretation of the Cornish coastline, expressing changes of weather, temperature and light.

Much of her work explores a starting point that entices the viewer to consider the texture of landscape, light, colour and mood of the surrounding environment. ‘As an artist, I want the viewer to question where they are within the landscape and what they might experience’.

She works with a variety of materials including, acrylics, oils, inks, paper and canvas focusing on layers and surface texture, working to capture realism and abstraction in her work.

Maxine is also part of ‘The 5 Collective’, who continue to work together and exhibit in Cornwall

Lucy Joines

I have been fortunate enough to have recently started up my Ceramic practice again, after a break of 16 years as an Art Teacher.

I have been enjoying throwing functional and sculptural wares on the pottery wheel, using local stoneware clay from Dobles. Inspired by Japanese ceramics, after being awarded a scholarship to study there, I really began to appreciate the Japanese philosophy of the importance and ceremony of everyday use ceramics.

“Pottery is similar to clothing in that you use every day. As a utensil, it is the closest thing to us physically.”  HIROSE ICHIRŌ, Manager of Toukyo Gallery  

Another huge inspiration is from the Leach Pottery, where I work as a volunteer. I love been immersed in the history Bernard Leach’s legacy and his connection to the East and of course being surrounded by beautifully made ceramics.

I decorate my pieces with underglazes and gold lustre for a touch of magic, exploring the beauty of the natural world within Cornwall and a slight obsession with rainbows, because they make me happy

Tanji Cork

My pastel art work is a reflection of the changing elements of the beautiful Cornish coastline with its wonderful spectrum of colours and constant moving and shifting of the sea and clouds

Russell O’Connel

Russell lives in Newquay and has been a ceramicist for over forty years, with a particular interest in the sculptural side of the art form.

His knowledge of the sea is informed from a lifetime of surfing and swimming; he is awater-man and his art is a manifestation of his understanding of nature’s extremes. In his work, surfaces are eroded as if by strong currents, forms are clustered, colours reflect the ocean’s ability to change. Storms, tidal surges and erosion shape Russell’s ceramic landscape.

An understanding of the demands of the ocean, immersion in the sea and particularly the power of the sea to create, destroy and rebuild, inform his art.

Mike Brett

Michael's work explores the landscapes, seasons and histories of West Cornwall. The wind -swept heights of the cliff tops offer vertiginous perspectives; lines and shapes drop away, colours hover taking the viewer on a weightless journey over the edge and away...  





Intermediate Large Scale Ceramics

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CANCELLED: Shanty Concert: All Shipshape and Bristol Fashion

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