The Birth of the Art Gallery – from Julius Caesar to St Mawes!

In November this year, it will be the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts. That’s a quarter of a millennium! And throughout that time, the Academy has been a huge influence on the world of art, commanding the respect of the public and conferring enormous prestige on its members. But, (though this is seldom acknowledged or remembered), it came into existence for many of the…

Wendy Parkyn

Wendy Parkyn is a natural born talent, self-taught and later teaching others, working outdoors whenever possible, surrounded that the nature that inspires her beautiful, scenic work.   Her journey as a painter began in her place of birth, Jersey, where her career blossomed selling hand-painted pottery and landscapes through local galleries.   Upon her move to our beloved Cornwall in 1990, Parkyn’s attentions naturally turned to seascapes, which she threw…

David Meredith

David Meredith’s career came from humble beginnings, working as an apprentice model-maker in the jewellery and giftware industry in his home of Leicester, but before long it became clear that his talents were destined for greater things. Within two years of starting out, he had taken up the position of head sculptor at Alchemy Carta and shortly after that, felt the time was right to branch out on his own…

Richard Holliday

Born in Cambridge in 1963, sculptor Richard Holliday stayed close to home in his early artist years and undertook his study to become the fine artist he is today at The Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, where he passed with distinction his advanced City and Guilds.   His love of working with the media of stone was present from a young age, when his inspiration was initially sparked by…

Visit Cornwall: Our Favourite Roseland Peninsula Gardens

As a well-deserving designated part of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Roseland Peninsula has so much to offer in terms of artistic inspiration and of course, just for a little getaway!   We moved here ourselves only a year ago after falling in love with the place and we’re certainly not the first to do that. Cornwall never ceases to wow and capture the imagination of visitors and local…

World Bee Day 2018: Could the Cornish Bee save the world?

Next Sunday, May 20th is World Bee Day, as designated by the United Nations. On this day, the world will be asked to focus on the role and importance of bees, (and other pollinators), for the entire planet and invited to take concrete steps to help preserve them.   Why do we need ‘World Bee Day’?   The creation of an international ‘World Bee Day’, by a resolution co-sponsored by…

Meet Our Artists: Telling the Untold Story with Jeremy Houghton

Jeremy Houghton is an internationally recognized - and collected – English artist. He divides his time between creating studio pieces from photographs and sketches and, as artist in residence, producing artistic ‘documentaries’ that tell the story of a particular community and its pursuits. These have included the communities at Windsor Castle and Highgrove as well as Ben Ainslie’s team challenging for the America’s Cup, and the competitors at the 2012…

Meet Our Artists: Gerry Hillman – Inspired by Cornish Landscapes

The spectacular light and colour of the Cornish landscape inspired Gerry Hillman from an early age. He discovered oil painting at the age of eighteen when, without any formal training, he began using oil paints to capture the magical scenery of his native Cornwall, the magic that had captured him from his boyhood. His work has been in demand ever since and it isn’t hard to see why. His subjects…

Capturing Cornwall: An Artist’s Impression of The Cornish Coast

Cornwall has been inspiring artists and poets for centuries. The painters Turner, Whistler and Sickert found inspiration for some of their most evocative, (and famous), work, while John Betjeman, Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham immortalized Cornwall ‘s beauty in their well loved poetry and novels. Its landscapes are full of sharp contrasts. They can enchant you with their warmth and light:   "The golden and unpeopled bays/The shadowy cliffs…

Summer Arts Festivals in Cornwall – the St Mawes Gallery Calendar

It may not feel quite like it yet but spring is officially here and that means ... summer is just round the corner! Cornwall’s summer arts festivals are also on the way; exciting happenings are on offer from May through to August.  If you’re lucky enough to be spending a late spring or summer in Cornwall then, (when you’re not on the beach, walking the moors or dining out at…