Inspire Makers is home to the work of over 50 Cornish artists and makers under one roof.
Exhibiting now in the gallery space is Gary Ray Smith - "One Day Soon We'll Be Together" - until Saturday 24 July.
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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.
Jasmine Mills – Portals
27th July - 7th August, 2021
Stemming from the land that surrounds her, Jasmine Mills’ paintings develop from place and grow into strange, spiritual, often surreal images.
She feels drawn to unusual and intriguing landscapes that appear to have traces of past human stories lived. For this reason she spends time exploring the relationship between figure and land. Jasmine is rooted in exploring these past human stories and how they might transcend through time re-appearing with new importance.
The making of her paintings happens much like the narratives, she tends to see them as one and the same. Adding and taking away, the process is much like a journey in itself. She likes to think of her paintings as adventures, in process and context. The brush marks and figures feel entwined; both exploring the landscape. There is a sense of spirit, guidance and sometimes isolation.
Jasmine is a graduate of Falmouth University, where she gained a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art in 2017, and has been developing her practice ever since.
Jasmine will be at Inspire Makers on Saturday 7 August from 11am-2pm if you would like to hear more about her work.
Wading Through - Original Oil on Canvas. H33 x W30cm. £375
Road Block - Original Oil on Canvas. H33 x W30cm. £375
Pathway - Original Oil on Canvas. H33 x W30cm. £375
My Guide - Original Oil on Canvas. H33 x W30cm. £375
Headspace - Original Oil on Canvas. H33 x W30cm. £375
The Hide Studio & Katie Godden Green – Wood & Linen
10th August - 21st August, 2021
The Hide Studio and Katie Godden Green are no strangers when it comes to exhibiting together. Both from Bude, these makers are driven by the wildness of the North Cornwall coast. Wood & Linen brings these two makers together for a display of their new work.
Katie Godden Green makes her “stitching stories” on antique french linen which she dyes using natural dye wherever possible. The ladies in her stitched pieces lie around on harbour sides collecting fish and shells in baskets. The bright cotton threads, sequins and buttons play on the linen. Words from song lyrics, proverbs and poems attach themselves to her calendar pieces. Suns and moons are appliquéd to Swe Swe African wax fabric.
Katie will be holding a “stitching stories” workshop during the exhibition on Wed 18 Aug where you can work along her creating your own story.
Working with the natural characteristics of the wood, Rich Inight of The Hide Studio, makes wooden bowls and other homewares from sustainably-sourced, local timber and driftwood from the beaches near their Morwenstow studio.
Their main ethos is creating usable objects with a clear emphasis on aesthetics and texture, whilst ensuring the smallest impact on the environment. They achieve this by using only wood from trees (almost always in their local area) which need to be felled or have already fallen, as well as driftwood from nearby beaches. They do not use commercially-grown timber and finish their work with natural linseed and citrus oils and sometimes milkpaint where they feel colour will work.
As part of ‘Wood & Linen’ The Hide Studio willl also be releasing a small collection of bowls turned from laburnum wood sourced on a recent stay on the Fal Estuary.
Gary Ray Smith – One Day Soon We’ll Be Together
6th July - 24th July, 2021
Gary Ray Smith was born in Essex where he studied Fashion and Textiles in Southend-on-Sea, before gaining a Degree in Painting at Chelsea College of Art. He moved to Cornwall in 2002.
Gary enjoyed a career in personnel management and has spent the last twenty years in the graphics/signage industries. At the same time he has continued to explore painting and knitted textiles. He has recently adjusted his work life balance and now splits his time between his day job and developing his creative outputs.
Much of Gary’s work deals with grief and loss but the output, whether painted or knitted, is usually positive, joyous and celebratory. Angels appear a lot in his work – they can be about dealing with loss or the creation of a fantasy environment for his angel grandson Florian to inhabit. His current work is an eclectic mix of painting, knitted textiles, children’s book illustration, hand painted signs and illustrations for businesses and products. He finds that these projects inform each other and having worked as a graphic designer, his paintings are influenced by hand lettering, typography, fairground and tattoo art. He also has a love of “kidlit” art and pop art.
Come and meet Gary at Inspire Makers on Saturday 17 July from 12-4pm where he will be happy to talk about his paintings and illustrations, as well as his knitted designs which always attract a lot of attention and questions!
Mick Dobie 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 the Cornish landscape and seascape 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.
West Coast Light - Mixed media on canvas. W70 x H50 cm. £300
Towards the Light - Original acrylic on canvas. W100 x H100cm. £495
Across the Helford River. Watercolour on paper.
Framed W64 x H49cm. £175
Helford Trees. Watercolour on paper. Framed W44 x H54 cm. £150
Maggie Cochran – Catching the Light
11th May - 5th June, 2021
The light in Cornwall has a magical quality, captivating artists and visitors over the years. Nowhere is it more striking than in St Ives, that slip of land jutting out into the Atlantic, surrounded by white sand beaches.
Maggie’s paintings are inspired by that light and by the tracks and marks left behind on those beaches as the sea goes out, and how the light reflects off the wet sand.
Her paintings give a sense of being in that landscape with the prevailing light and weather. They capture both a moment in time but also the passing of time as shown by the history of marks left by the outgoing tides.
Maggie is one of the artists showcased year round in the Inspire Makers shop and we are delighted to be able to delve deeper into her artistic practice and display more of her work.
Following the exhibition, some of the paintings are now on display as part of Maggie’s permanent shop collection.
A Touch of Pink - Original oil on board. Framed W36 x H36cm. £275
Aqua - Original oil on board. Framed W36 x H36cm. £275
As The Sun Goes Down - Original oil on cradled board. W50 x H50cm. £495
As The Tide Retreats - Original acrylic on paper. Framed W40 x H40cm. £245
On The Shoreline - Original acrylic on paper. Framed W40 x H40cm. £245
Cloud Watching - Original acrylic on board. Framed W46 x H46cm. £350
Down By The Sea - Original oil on cradled board. W50 x H50cm. £495
Low Water - Original oil on board. Framed W46 x H46cm. £350
At The Ocean's Edge - Original acrylic on board. Framed W38 x H48cm. £395
Estuary - Original oil on board. Framed W54 x H39cm. £395
SOLD Light From The West - Original oil on board. Framed W30 x H30cm.
Dave Pentin – The Beauty of Hidden Places
12th April - 8th May, 2021
Dave Pentin is an art & design graduate of Falmouth School of Art who although working in the creative arts industry as a profession didn’t pick up his paintbrushes again until sixteen years ago when living in France.
Now permanently back in Cornwall with a studio at The Terrace Gallery, Penryn, Dave enjoys experimenting with gum arabic and acrylic inks. He runs workshops to share this fascinating layering technique and is a big supporter of Street Draw 24 and the Cornwall Film Festival. He likes to give back to the creative communities in Falmouth and Penryn whenever he can and guides a free Urban Sketching group every month.
Inspired by the landscape which surrounds him, this collection of work features scenes from Falmouth and his 2020 Ope series which began with the infamous Barracks Ope in Falmouth and extended to feature the fascinating Ope’s and Alleyways of Penryn. With two more in development, this series is soon destined to be included in a book highlighting the importance of these intriguing passageways in the history of Falmouth and Penryn.
Dave will be at Inspire Makers on Sat 17 and 24 April from 12pm onwards if you would like to meet the the artist and find out more about his work.
Tonkins Ope (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W42 x H64cm.
The Retreat (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Mounted and unframed W28 x H40cm.
Picketts Yard (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W42 x H64cm.
Old Quay Ope (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Mounted and unframed W28 x H40cm.
Easoms Yard (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W42 x H64cm.
College Ope (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W42 x H64cm.
Barracks Ope (Falmouth) - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W42 x H64cm.
Bank Cottages (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W42 x H64cm.
Bakehouse Court (Penryn) - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W42 x H64cm.
Fields of Gold - Original acrylic ink painting. Framed W70 x H52cm.
Jackett's Steps - Original acrylic ink painting. Framed W70 x H52cm.
Falmouth Nightlife II - Original gum & ink painting. Framed W62.5 x H47cm.
Ben Baker – Wire Artist
1st December - 24th December, 2020
Ben Baker is a wire artist based in Falmouth. Ben studied at Hereford College of Art where he developed his three-dimensional, illustrative style of sculpture.
Ben draws on a lifetime of living on the South West coast and twelve years of experience working as a boat builder to create his iron wire wonders, which focus on coastal and sea creatures as well as boats and the culture that surrounds them.
Many of the pieces are interactive, utilising mechanisms made of cranks, levers and nylon threads, so the viewer can animate the scene by simply turning a handle.
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