Arts and Crafts in Cornwall

During your vacation in Cornwall include some time to visit galleries and studios to view the work of some of the many Cornwall based artists. Why not even join a short course yourself.




The Falmouth Art Gallery


See work from the gallery’s permanent which includes work by old masters, major Victorian artists and British Impressions. As befitting such a location there is also some work by maritime artists plus contemporary paintings and prints. Check to see which exhibitions are running. Good gallery for children.

Gift shop stocks high quality gifts made by local craftsmen.


Mousehole (Near Lands End)


Seastar Gallery

A small friendly gallery run by two friends Gemma Pearce and Leigh Berry, based in the lovely village of Mousehole. View exhibitions and or buy from the paintings, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, prints, textiles on show.


Gift vouchers available for purchase in store or on the web.


Feock, Truro


Trellissick Gallery


This is the second of Cornwall Crafts Association galleries which shows work by established and new artist members of the Association. It is situated in a 19th century barn in Trelissick Garden, a 20 acre National Trust garden. Cornwall Arts also run workshops.


St Ives

The Tate Gallery St Ives

Tate Gallery St Ives Cornwall


This is the sister gallery of the Tate Modern in London. Built on the site of a former gas works it is a 3 storey building backing onto a cliff face designed by architects Eldred Evans and David Shalev. The building was opened to the public in 1993.


The gallery was designed to show works in the atmosphere and area they were created. On going shows all year check programme. Also if visiting with children ask about the children’s activity pack and activities available.


St Ives (Barnoon Hill)


Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden


On Barbara Hepworth’s death, her Trewyn studios where she lived and worked were handed over to the nation. Come and see the work of one of Britain premier sculptors of the 20th century. You will find sculptures in bronze, stone and wood either in the Museum or the Garden as well paintings and drawings.

Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston


Jo McIntosh - Textiles 


In this mass produced world seize the opportunity to make something individual whilst at the same time having fun and learning a skill such as knitting with wire, rag rug, jewellery making, making some own beads etc. As part of your holiday in Cornwall, why not join Jo McIntosh a St Ives based textile artist on an evening or weekend course.


Penryn, Cornwall


Malcolm Sutcliffe – Glass Blowing


If like me you have always been amazed by the skill involved in glass blowing here is an opportunity to do it yourself. Malcolm Sutcliff offers classes from his studio in Penryn. What more promises you will come away with a piece you yourself have created.


Even if you don’t want to do a course well worth visiting his Gallery in Penryn Nr Falmouth to see his beautiful work.




If you like the idea of seeing artists in the own environment you should look out for open studio events which take place throughout Cornwall.

In 2010 Cornwall artists and designers will be opening their doors to the public from Tuesday 29 May to Tuesday 6 June 2010. Check on the internet for full list of 147 events planed this year in Cornwall.


Trelowarren  Gallery  

This is the larger of Cornwall Crafts galleries and is based on the beautiful Trelowarren Estate, home to the Vyvyan family since 1427. Shows run all year check what is on.