Inspire Makers is home to the work of over 50 curated contemporary Cornish artists and makers.
Current Exhibition: Victoria Pond - Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 24 December.
Open 7 days a week until Christmas Eve.
Our dedicated gallery space hosts a year round programme of short exhibitions by Cornish artists. Many run workshops or hold “meet the artist” sessions to coincide with their exhibition so you can learn more about their work in person. Please see below for details on current and upcoming displays.
If you would to enquire about exhibiting in the space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
30th November - 24th December, 2022
Having spent most of her life in North Wales and Cornwall, Victoria Pond has always appreciated the beauty of her natural surroundings. Despite having sketched the countryside around her for much of her life, until now she has largely exhibited figurative work.
Whether figurative or landscape, drawing from observation is the foundation of Victoria’s practice. She regards it as an ongoing process of discovery that feeds her work in all other areas. When working more intuitively, whether abstracting the landscape or extracting it from the imagination, instinct is more of the essence than intellectual perception.
Victoria uses various surfaces and mediums – acrylics, oil paints, charcoal, pencil. As different materials and surfaces lend themselves to different techniques, marks and moods, she doesn’t like to be tied down to one or the other.
Victoria Pond resists the demand for her work to have a prescribed meaning and believes its meaning rests in the reaction of the viewer. This is not to say that she does not preside upon various reoccurring and often opposing themes both practical and philosophical, such as surface and depth, pattern, order and chaos, isolation and connection, but these may or may not concern the onlooker who will take from it what is relevant to them.
Sorry, we currently have no upcoming exhibitions.
Chloe Woods – Bright Light, Blue Night
18th October - 26th November, 2022
Chloe Woods feels lucky to live in Cornwall, where so many find inspiration. She enjoys the process of a piece coming together, the wrong turns, the rectifications, the looseness, the precision, the contrasts.
The vivid colours and textures of the Cornish coastline are what Chloe most enjoys capturing; the natural colours of the landscape against the fluorescent and primary colours of boats and harbours, and the twinkling of lights against the inky night sky and quiet water.
Working quickly and loosely, on location, in her sketchbook, she returns to her home studio to translate her sketches and memories into larger, contemporary pieces. Using an exciting range of mediums; acrylic paint, collage, charcoal and oil pastels, Chloe makes confident marks to bring those contrasts to the canvas.
In 2020 Chloe Woods was ‘Highly Commended’ by the SAA (the UK’s leading art hub) for her painting ‘Yellow Stripe’ and in September 2021 was excited to have won her category of the SAA ‘Artist of the Year 2021’.
Debbie Martin – Navigating the South Coast
27th September - 15th October, 2022
Everyone loves a map, particularly of their favourite destination. Debbie Martin of Cornish Paper Cut Art has found her niche of repurposing vintage maps to create vibrant and colourful works of art whilst retaining the original detail. All hand cut with a scalpel, this exhibition features large scale maps of the Cornish coast.
Debbie Martin started her business in 2013 after completing a UAL Diploma in Art and Design in Nottingham as a mature student. Moving with the family to Cornwall inspired her to start designing paper cut artwork. Her graphic style is vibrant in colour and her main body of work is a grid style repeat design that has colours laid out in a specific way to encourage the viewer to scan across the colours. It was also designed to bring colour to neutral walls in the home.
Cornish Paper Cut Art has appeared on the front cover of Cornwall Living and The Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, with features in local magazines. She has a regular customer base who collect her pieces so she regularly create new themes and bespoke work.
Debs will be doing a paper cut demonstration from 11am to 1pm at Inspire Makers on Sat 1 October as part of Form Art Festival.
Phil Irons – It’s All About The Detail
6th September - 24th September, 2022
Phil Irons is a professional designer who has worked in the creative industry for over 30 years. More recently he has picked up his pencils again and rediscovered his love of drawing producing some intricately detailed work with a focus on buildings and architecture.
Phil finds drawing therapeutic and can get lost for hours in the detail. He is inspired by his surroundings and is very much in his element in an old boat yard or derelict site; his camera and sketch book is always with him – never wanting to miss an opportunity to capture the beauty of a dilapidated building or rusty, corrugated roof!
His doorways collection was born in the recent lockdowns where, during daily walks around his home town Penryn, he was inspired by the beautiful doorways that he passed – people are always delighted when they see their own doorway in the collection.
Phil has exhibited for the Pastel Society and the Society of Graphic Fine Art also locally at the Poly in Falmouth and the Carbon Gallery in Penryn.
The wild and enticing energy in Hannya’s works have in common her fascination with the untameable characteristics of nature, the sea, and the relationship between her photography that documents her life of travels.
Known for her vibrant and colourful response to the natural world, Hannya paints from her feelings and impressions, and her subjects range from brilliantly lit skies and vivid depictions of natural light to panoramic naturescapes.
Hannya draws inspiration from her life as a sailor and is influenced by the peaceful yet majestic work of Turner, whilst harbouring elements of organic abstract expressionism.
Her creativity is not bound to Falmouth and The New Forest, she’s widely known for painting on stormy seas or out in the elements working with mixed media on canvas and board.
Hannya’s work is currently held in private collections here in the UK, USA and the Caribbean.
Katie Sims – Prospecting
26th July - 4th August, 2022
Katie Sims is an artist and art teacher, based in the Redruth area. Katie is relatively new to Cornwall, having relocated from Wiltshire in 2020 to pursue her teaching and art career in a location full of inspiring Cornish landscapes and seascapes.
As soon as Katie relocated to Cornwall, she was instantly inspired by one engine house located 30 meters from her front door. Katie studied this engine house through photography, drawing and acrylic paint portrayed in all weathers at day and at night. After studying the engine house, Katie felt most inspired on New Year’s Day 2021, when the sun rose upon the engine house on a snowy morning. This painting is entitled ‘Doctor’s Dry’ and will be available to view at Katie’s first upcoming solo exhibit at Inspire Makers. ‘Doctor’s Dry’ was approached with a bright pink wash applied to the canvas, to portray the richness of the sunrise and hints of gold acrylic paint, representing the glorious warm glow.
Shortly after completing ‘Doctor’s Dry’, Katie submitted the painting to Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition, to which Katie was shortlisted and appeared on the TV show in early January 2022 as a ‘Wild Card’ artist. For an artist who has only been painting landscapes seriously for just over a year, a lot of recognition and opportunities have stemmed from her love of portraying Cornish heritage through painting. Katie continues to be inspired by engine houses across West Cornwall and aims to capture the lasting impression mining has left on the Cornish landscape.
Sue Loydell is a freelance artist and educator, exhibiting and selling her work across Cornwall and the South West.
Her fine art work focuses on landscape and the sea, using layers of texture and colour in response to the rapidly changing weather and seasons of Cornwall. Many of the pieces derive from time spent walking and observing the landscape near her home by a creek on the Carrick Roads. Her creative process includes mono-printing, collage and experimentation with a variety of mark-making materials which then slowly develop into semi-abstract layered contours and horizons. Sue is interested in the relationship between colour and movement and how these change at different times of the day or season.
Since 2017, Sue Loydell has been a member of artist the City of Lights artistic team, creating large-scale lanterns and artworks for parades and events across Cornwall. Sue also delivers workshops in schools and the community specialising in ‘aspiration-raising’ and well-being, working with a wide variety of organisations. Sue is a founding member of The 5 Artists’ Collective established in 2018.
Sue sells her smaller work at Inspire Makers however this exhibition is a chance to show larger and more complex pieces.
Rachael Kinmond – Celebrations
14th June - 2nd July, 2022
Rachael Kinmond’s practice is experimental, reflective and immersive; she chooses her medium based on her influences and creative intentions.
Rachael has worked with many different materials and processes during her artistic career, ranging from glass casting, woodwork and ceramic processes. Rachael is currently working in the medium of painting.
Upon completing her Fine Art MA she has immersed herself in using natural surroundings to inspire her current series of works. Rachael previously studied BA Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth, gaining a first class honours and receiving the ‘Outstanding Studentship Award’ whilst completing her studies. Rachael has recently exhibited works in The Poly, The Fish Factory and has been a month long studio resident at The Terrace Gallery in Penryn.
Rachael’s current works are inspired by abstraction and the shape and form of the landscape. She uses colour, texture and form to represent the natural contours of the local landscape.
Cathy Eastment – Connections
24th May - 11th June, 2022
Cathy Eastment is a Falmouth based artist.
She is moved by the ever-changing beauty within the natural landscape that surrounds her; working intuitively, exploring the wonder of organic connections, rhythms, textures and formations.
Cathy enjoys creating a ‘journey for the eye’, responding to her love of colour and energy, using watercolour and mixed media to express this. Her work is often described as uplifting, joyful and inspirational.
Rob Whitworth – Beach Pebbles Rock
3rd May - 21st May, 2022
Rob Whitworth is a graphic designer and professional photographer with a love of the natural world. His fascination with beach pebbles started at an early age, when a friend gave him a paper bag full of them for his tenth birthday. Every pebble on the beach is unique and endlessly fascinating. The subtleties of colour and tone; the infinite variations of form; their tactile nature, rough and smooth and cold; the density and weights that differ for similar sizes; their intricate surface patterns. All works of art in their own right.
At art school, he studied typography and the mantra of a tutor “details, details, details” has remained with him ever since. Subconsciously, it has been in the application of all his creative activities. Now, he is able to combine his passion for typography and graphic design with his career as a professional photographer of gardens, plants and flowers.
When Rob was stuck at home during the first lockdown of the pandemic, he needed a creative outlet and so started to photograph these beach pebbles. Photographed in exquisite close-up detail, these macro images are a compilation of 20 – 30 separate shots, each with a different point of focus. When they are merged, the resulting single image gives complete sharpness from the front to the back.
Initially posted on Instagram @beachpebblesrock, these photographs have received so much positive feedback and encouragement from artists, ceramicists, designers and others who draw inspiration from the natural world, that the idea has continued to grow, and this exhibition at Inspire Makers is a progression of the project.
Rob’s knowledge of geology is limited but the pure aesthetics within these natural wonders is fantastic and so inspirational. He hopes this exhibition encourages others to take the time to stop and stare and really look at what they see.
Lee Kellgren – Under Cornish Skies
12th April - 30th April, 2022
Lee Kellgren is a Cornwall-based artist specializing in limited-edition etchings and oil paintings.
Lee is known for her delicate and atmospheric etchings using traditional copper plate and aquatint to create painterly prints. Images about a sense of place and about the quality of the light.
After many years in Bristol as a member of Spike Print Studio, she now has an art studio at Terrace Gallery, Penryn near Falmouth in Cornwall.
Since moving to Cornwall, Lee Kellgren has developed her work into contemporary landscape oil paintings using glowing colour layers and the inter-play of sea and sky. Her current collection of work is inspired by the shifting light and seasons of the nearby South Cornwall coast.
"Beach Approach - First Sight” - Oil on linen canvas W60 x H45 cm
“Pink Dusk “ - Oil on linen canvas W60 x H45cm
“Dawn at Maenporth” - Oil on A4 board
"Wild Skies - Lizard Coast" - Oil on linen canvas W60 x H45 cm
Christine Brunnock – Close to Source
15th March - 9th April, 2022
Christine Brunnock is a Cornish artist based in St Ives. Her inspiration comes from her experience of growing up near the coast and her need to express through art.
She uses a combination of observation, memory and imagination to create atmospheric paintings together with her emotional expression, inviting the viewer to relate and make their own interpretation.
Christine works mainly with acrylic media, using palette knives, brushes and any other item to make a mark. Her practice is constantly evolving, exploring possibilities and pushing her own boundaries.
This collection of work explores the formation and patterns of rock and sand. It illustrates the energetic interaction of the elements and the tumultuous relationship between the ocean and land. Where a painting may seem dark and foreboding, there is always light, no matter how faint. The ocean mesmerizes and fascinates with its ancient history, its mystery and dramatic transformations. It is the source of life and draws us to it, thereby providing the name of her exhibition.
Mick Dobie returns for his second exhibition at Inspire Makers following a hugely successful show in June 2021.
Showing a brand new collection of paintings Mick further explores his love of the Cornish landscape and seascape.
Mick finds the simple act of painting therapeutic. Concentration comes easily, with hours passing in what seems like minutes. Art can take you into your own world in so many ways.
Mick became captivated by Cornwall since moving here 15 years ago to study Fine Art at Falmouth. Currently Mick spends his time painting outdoors around the River Helford. Constant changing light brings a different feel each time he returns to his regular stomping grounds. Long walks with his dog Fergus feeds his inspiration.
Mick works with watercolour, acrylic and pastel mediums. He hopes his paintings resonate with viewers. Should his work achieve this, then it can only serve to strengthen his enjoyment of the medium.
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