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Etsy Makers Christmas Fair

This Etsy Makers Christmas Fair, at The Guildhall, in St Ives, is part of the national Etsy Made Local weekend (Friday, 1st December until Sunday, 3rd December 2017): and following on from a fantastic fair last year (we had over 3000 visitors) we've got some brilliant things planned for this year. 

It'll be a modern Christmas fair with a magical Narnia theme, taking place in the heart of St Ives, kicking off the same night as Father Christmas arrives by boat with a special, woodland cocktail party.

We were pleased to be awarded a generous bursary by Etsy to help with the cost of putting on the fair: so this has allowed us to keep the price of stands very low for makers, providing an inclusive event encouraging the wealth of talent we have in Cornwall. It's great for us to collaborate and share our skills, experience and ideas to put on the best show ever. We've also collaborated with other local organisations and businesses including: * providing a collection box for Food Bank, * local musicians will be performing * hosting a pop-up deli cafe from the Green Deli * Renowned Newquay bar Tom Thumb will be keeping us well-oiled with woodland-inspired cocktails on the opening night party.

From over 140 applications for stands, we whittled down the exhibitor list to 40 makers selling the very highest quality products for people wanting to buy modern, handmade, unique presents for Christmas. We've got some brilliant, award-winning companies exhibiting, including Katy Luxton Jewellery, Amy Cooper Ceramics, Helen Round Textiles and Lou Tonkin, print-maker. Shoppers will be able to see: * modern ceramicists * stylish home-wares * hand-printed textiles * unusual jewellery designers * experienced glass-makers * found sculptors.

We will be keeping our social media accounts updated with news and information about the event so yuo can follow is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We're aiming to keep this group going as a non-profit group to support local makers in Cornwall, and put on regular contemporary craft events in the future.

CACD blog interview for Hand on Art

I stumbled onto the Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) the other day. It appeared on the first page of my Google search for ‘Cornwall art’ and I was intrigued to find out more.

I’m always inspired to see people reaching out and pulling together a community - to be able to do this successfully you need to be visible - and this website is.

I immediately sent a request to join the directory. I received a very quick and friendly response and my listing for .my business Hand on Art.

However following on from this I wanted to find out more about the owner; what was the thinking behind the website, how and why does it exist? Below is an insight into the creator and owner of Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory; Jayne!

You can see the interview now on my Hand on Art blog.


Congratulations Tamsin!

Chewing it Over - giraffe pastel painting by Tamsin DearingCongratulations to local artist Tamsin Dearing, who was the featured artist in "Paint" the magazine of The Society of All Artists this month.

Her beautiful painting of a giraffe "Chewing it Over" in soft pastels is on the front cover and there is a two page spread about Tasmins art work as an artist and teacher.

It's lovely to see our local talent get national recognition, well done Tamsin.

You can find out more about Tamsins work through her own web site or visit her Facebook page 'Tamsin Dearing Portraiture'.


International export support and advice

The Department of International Trade, South West is curreuntly working with regional artists and creatives to ensure an international strategy and plan. 

This support includes workshops and 1:1 support from Intellectual property to Digital Advice and eCommerce advice. 

If you are looking to go onto a eMarketplace or selling on Etsy or other platforms and want to maximise international business then contact Dawn Musgrave for further information. 


Truro Christmas Street Markets

We are pleased to announce stands for the Truro Christmas Markets 2017 are now available to book.

Under the new management of LESW, Truro BID and Truro City Council we are presenting two fantastic opportunities for your company to make the most of the commercial opportunity presented in Truro over the busy Christmas period.

With tens of thousands of visitors crossing items off their Christmas List we have two great events for you to make your own retail space in the heart of the county at its busiest period.

“The Winter Gift Fayre”
Tuesday 12th December to Sunday 17th December, Lemon Quay, Truro.

“Truro Christmas Street Markets”
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 29th November – 23rd December.

(Boscawen Street. includes late night shopping)

For more information contact



Free entry to Penlee Gallery for local residents

A new scheme at Penlee House Gallery and Museum will extend free entry from Saturdays to throughout the week for local residents. The highly acclaimed gallery, which is owned and operated by Penzance Town Council, was nominated as the sixth best ‘hidden treasure’ in a national Sunday newspaper poll and has a world famous collection of paintings by the Newlyn School artists.

The Penzance Pass scheme is aimed at residents of Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole who already support the running of the gallery through payment of the local precept. Anyone living within this area can collect their free Penzance Pass card from Penlee House Gallery and Museum or the Town Clerk’s Offices on Alverton Street, providing they bring proof of their address with them. 

Director of Penlee Louise Connell says, ‘The galleries get very crowded on Saturdays, so this scheme gives local people the chance to visit for free during the week when it’s quieter, or just pop in for short visits whenever they like. We are hoping to see many more local people of all ages visiting Penlee as a result of the launch of the Penzance Pass.’

The standard entry price for visitors not qualifying for a Penzance Pass is £4.50 or £3.00 concessions, including 60 plus. Children under 18 are free.  Please note that Saturdays will no longer offer free admission for non-local residents. Visitors from outside the local area can still gain free admission if they join the Friends of Penlee House for an annual membership fee of £14 a year, or for £21 for two people living at the same address.










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Tamar Grow Local collaborates with local artist and University of Exeter for Creative Exchange.

Tamar Grow Local is collaborating with The University of Exeter and Tamar Valley based artist Rosie Fierek through the Creative Exchange Programme whichaims to facilitate collaboration between creative practitioners and Environment & Sustainability Institute (ESI) researchers who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability. Rosie Fierek’s artwork is inspired by the work that Tamar Grow Local undertakes in the area, stimulating and incentivizing local food production and consumption. It will seek to share, in an innovative way, the role that sustainable local food systems play in the creation of resilient livelihoods and communities.

Rosie Fierek says, "The whole art work has been designed to be seen in the round, is built of ceramics and wood, and contains figurative, abstract and surreal elements. It serves as a visual metaphor for how Tamar Grow Local supports the growth and consumption of local food, and hence healthy and sustainable links with the natural environment. There is a kind of cycle represented by a ‘giant pea pod and stem’ which, tapping into water, grows over a large piece of wood (actually dredged from the Tamar). The 'pea' symbol, of course, implies that these seeds can be re-sown to propagate further activity and perpetuate the cycle. Illustrations in the ceramic pea structure show many aspects of local growing culture".

Dr. Gloria Salmoral who has commissioned the project on behalf of the University of Exeter’s Environment & Sustainability Institute said about the project: “We would like to show with this project the inextricably links that exist on water, soil and land systems and how they depend on each other, something that we are already researching in the EPSRC WEFWEBs project. We hope to visualize, in an attractive way, linkages between those systems and their relevance for resilient local food systems”.

Rachael Forster from Tamar Grow Local said: ‘It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to work with Rosie and the University of Exeter to present our work in an innovative and creative way. We can’t wait to see the result and hope it will be an inspiration for other communities.’

The final artwork will go on display at Environment & Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus between 24th September and 26th October.

Tamar Grow Local

Tamar Grow Local CIC is an umbrella organisation and has established and supported over 20 different local food initiatives in the Tamar Valley to re-invigorate production and engagement in food growing. TGL’s core activities are focused around community, commercial and educational agendas; these are frequently combined and self-supporting. TGL have purposefully bridged community and commercial activity in order to build self-financing elements into community projects, and to provide opportunities for progression from recreational growing through to self-employment.

The Creative Exchange Programme

The Creative Exchange Programme is a joint initiative with Falmouth University’s Research in Art, Nature and the Environment (RANE) research group.

The programme aims to facilitate collaboration between creative practitioners and Environment & Sustainability Institute (ESI) researchers who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability.

Through this programme the ESI is seeking to develop the region’s creative industries, inspire research and stimulate opportunities for public engagement and collaborative learning.

Rosie Fierick BA(Hons) PGCE

Rosie is a ceramic artist and is well known in the Tamar Valley for her large ceramic murals.Her designs are unique and wide-ranging including traditional pots, individually hung pictures, special awards, commemorative ware, ceramic furniture, sculptural containers, house plaques, gravestones, signs, and many designs and motifs for her husband's thrown ware.  She is also an experienced leader of workshops and community-based projects.                                           


WEFWEBS is a research project funded by the Engineering, and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Living with Environmental Change sandpit to support multidisciplinary groups of scientists. Securing a sustainable supply of water, energy and food for all is a key global issue. An increasing demand for land, food, energy, water, urbanisation and the need to limit exploitation of these resources in a move towards a more sustainable economy will increase the strain on local, national and international resources. Our water, energy, food and waste systems are interconnected, and impacted by climate and demographic change. The nexus seeks to define the interdependencies between the different systems and improve our understanding and hence ability to effectively predict and manage them.WEFWEBs addresses the challenges of understanding and hence identifying the dynamic, interlinked inter-dependencies across the nexus networks which are physical (water, waste, energy and food), social and political (individual, regulatory and policy), ecological and digital at multiple, nested scales (local, regional and national) and temporally.


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