Roseland Festival: Soak up Arts, Music & Culture in Cornwall This Summer

Everyone is catered for in this year’s Roseland Festival which runs from Tuesday 23rd April to Saturday 4th May. The festival celebrates art, history, folk and jazz music, film and photography. It has choirs, quartets, walks and talks. So, no matter what you’re into there is bound to be something to grab your attention.


Many noteworthy names in the world of the arts will be making an appearance from outstanding folk singer and storyteller Edwina Hayes to Geoff Lakeman, a West Country Folk Scene regular and script writer Dan Sefton whose work includes ‘The Good Karama Hospital and ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’. The ever popular Tresillian Ladies Choir will also be returning for 2019.


Aside from the musical aspect of Roseland Festival, art is heavily featured in the schedule.


The award-winning reincarnation of the Tate St Ives which reopened in 2017 is the subject of Lousie Connell’s talk on Wednesday 24th April. Connell is the Head of Programme Management at Tate St Ives. Her story of the development of the gallery, one of Cornwall’s cultural landmarks, explores how it connects with not only artists but the local community as a whole.

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The Wild Roseland Photography Exhibition runs over the weekend of 27th and 28th April and features various categories such as ‘under the sea’, ‘nature in your garden’ and ‘rocks and rugged cliffs’. The local ecology group Wild Roseland have chosen these subjects to reflect the outstanding natural beauty of the Roseland area. The Roseland Academy, in partnership with local primary schools will be exhibiting their own work with a focus on environmental issues and the preservation of coastal heritage with the theme of ‘oceans and coastlines’. This varied and exceptional series of photographic work is one of the festival’s free events and a highlight not to be missed.


This year, Meet the Artist features one of the UK’s finest painters, Robin Mason at the Roseland Festival. On Friday 3rd May Mason will be giving festival goers a chance to see his exceptional use of oils and pastels in a live demonstration and to talk to him about his work and experience at a Q & A afterwards.

If a more hands on approach is desired then Fran’s Pottery Day, also on Friday 3rd May, is the event to aim for. Frances has been making stoneware pottery for over 30 years and has bestowed her enthusiasm upon numerous students. She is still eager to pass on her passion for pottery and this all-day session of dabbling with Cornish clay will no doubt be as interesting as it is informative.

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Roseland Festival

The Roseland Festival is one of the many great reasons to visit Cornwall. After a busy few days taking in all it has to offer, why not unwind and relax in the beautiful surroundings of nearby St Mawes. There is plenty to do including sailing, a visit St Mawes castle or one of the many beautiful gardens.


Another landmark in the village is our very own St Mawes Gallery. Although on a much smaller scale than the Tate St Ives, shares some of its core values. The celebration of local art and artists and engaging with the local community. Situated in a picturesque town the gallery is home to a number of extremely talented artists who create stunning artwork across various mediums.


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