Inspire Makers is home to the work of over 50 curated contemporary Cornish artists and makers.
Exhibiting now in the gallery space "All About The Coast", original paper cut art by Debbie Martin - until Saturday 25 September.
Full Autumn/Winter 2021 workshop schedule now available for booking!
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 email@example.com.
Debbie Martin – All About The Coast
7th September - 25th September, 2021
Debbie Martin creates original, fun and vibrant ‘paper cut art’ cut from one piece of paper. She is known for her colourful repeat designs, quirky art and repurposed maps, all inspired by living by the sea and the wonderful spectacle of colours along the coastline.
This exhibition focusses on hand cut repurposed vintage sea charts and maps of Falmouth and surrounding areas. Using a scalpel, the rolling hills and sailing vessels have all been freestyle hand cut and then layered underneath with individual paper colours. You will see pops of gold, bronze or silver leaf in her work to draw your eye to the piece.
Bold graphical hand cut designs will also feature to include ice creams, lollies, seagulls, and the Great British fish “n” chips.
Debs will be running two workshops during the exhibition on Thursday 9th and Tuesday 21st September so you can try your hand at this wonderful artform direct with the artist.
Allison Marshall studied ceramics at Falmouth School of Art in the late 1980’s. She has worked as an additional needs teacher for the last 20 years but has always spent time painting whenever she can.
Having used watercolour as a medium for many years to produce still-life paintings, she has recently become inspired by the landscapes she has found during her travels. Early in 2020 she participated in a workshop at the Terrace Gallery, Penryn with local artist Dave Pentin, who demonstrated a technique using gum arabic and permanent inks to produce a unique visual style. Combining this technique with a new found interest in landscape photography Allison began to produce paintings that are quite different in terms of intensity of colour, and an abstract view of the landscape she has walked.
During the first lockdown, she began to embrace her subject matter – the local meadowland under threat from development – something which has influenced her technique under the banner of an environmental campaigner. After a very enlightening visit to the Isles of Scilly in August 2020 she began to incorporate more vibrant colours into the landscapes she paints, inspired by the unique colours of the thriving agapanthus found there. She now spends most of her time developing this newly discovered painting technique and enjoys the challenges and often surprising results it can produce.
As well as selling scenic paintings of views from around the Isles of Scilly through the Tamarisk Gallery in Hughtown, St Mary’s, Allison Marshall has also found success selling greetings cards and doing commissions.
The work produced for this exhibition has been inspired by her love for the Cornish coast in and around Falmouth. Inspiration is taken from the fauna, sea and skyscapes, combined with the unique Cornish sunlight and its’ ruggedness. Many of the landscapes in this exhibition are views only seen from very specific locations along the coastal footpath, and sometimes only visible at specific times of the year due to seasonal variations.
Sarah Hertzog – An Dewdhek – My Cornwall
12th October - 30th October, 2021
Sarah Hertzog’s lifelong passion for photography has been reignited by her love of exploring Cornwall. The inspirational landscapes and history make for great images which she enjoys altering and designing to create a more unusual capture of the familiar.
These 12 (“Dewdhek” is Cornish for twelve) limited edition prints of Cornwall capture her love for exploring our wonderful county, from seeking out the ancient bronze age sites scattered across West Penwith, to our exploring stunning beaches, coastal paths and everything in between.
Sarah says: “I have really enjoyed the challenge of putting together my most favourite dozen images of the place that I am so proud to call home”
We have such a wealth of history, tradition and natural beauty surrounding us here. Sarah Hertzog continues to collaborate with organisations to preserve the beauty of Cornwall for tomorrow. Cornwall Wildlife Trust will receive a donation of all items sold in this exhibition, to ensure that our beautiful environment continues to be protected.
Robyn Weldon – Discoveries
24th August - 4th September, 2021
Robyn Weldon is an art teacher who started painting for herself during the 2020 lockdowns. Since finding her inspiration she has painted voraciously and exhibited extensively in and around Falmouth including at Terrace Gallery, Penryn and The Poly, Falmouth. Her work has been on sale at Inspire Makers since she produced her first collection of work, and we have been delighted to support this emerging artist on her journey.
Robyn’s latest exhibition “Discoveries” contains a collection of works demonstrating a new playfulness in her recording of the Cornish Landscape. The choice of exhibition title refers to the new places she has explored, the new feelings she has felt, and the new materials she has used in developing of her latest works. Robyn refers to her work as ‘recordings of the landscape’ and is energetic and evocative. The work demonstrates a new direction for Robyn in her exploration of mark making, use of colour and mixed media. Natural forms have long been an interest to Robyn and have appeared in her artistic practice and sketchbook for some time. For the first time publicly, Robyn is sharing work which is reflective of this, in combination with her ongoing observations of the Cornish weather. Robyn’s latest landscape recordings are playful, expressive, and are the outcomes of an artist heading in the direction of a true colourist.
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.
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.
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.
Wading Through - Original Oil on Canvas. W30 x H33cm. £375
Road Block - Original Oil on Canvas. W30 x H33cm. £375
My Guide - Original Oil on Canvas. W30 x H33cm. £375
Headspace - Original Oil on Canvas. W30 x H33cm. £375
Pathway - Original Oil on Canvas. W30 x H33cm. £375
Rest - Original Oil on Canvas. Framed W30 x H39cm. £400
Crystal Ball - Original Oil on Canvas. Framed W27 x H29cm. £400
Ode to Autumn - Original Oil on Canvas. W90 x H159cm. £1500
Gatekeeper - Original Oil on Canvas. W97 x H97cm. £1000
Lockdown Walk - Watercolour on handmade paper. Framed W 45 x H35.5cm. £185
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.
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.
Towards the Light - Original acrylic on canvas. W100 x H100cm. £495
Across the Helford River. Watercolour on paper.
Framed W64 x H49cm.
Helford Trees. Watercolour on paper. Framed W44 x H54 cm.
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.
Aqua - Original oil on board. Framed W36 x H36cm.
As The Sun Goes Down - Original oil on cradled board. W50 x H50cm.
As The Tide Retreats - Original acrylic on paper. Framed W40 x H40cm.
On The Shoreline - Original acrylic on paper. Framed W40 x H40cm.
Cloud Watching - Original acrylic on board. Framed W46 x H46cm.
Down By The Sea - Original oil on cradled board. W50 x H50cm.
Low Water - Original oil on board. Framed W46 x H46cm.
At The Ocean's Edge - Original acrylic on board. Framed W38 x H48cm.
Estuary - Original oil on board. Framed W54 x H39cm.
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.
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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