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Art and Activities
One of the aims of the Penwith Landscape Partnership is to encourage everyone to interact with the Penwith landscape and its heritage in ways they might not have originally thought of. To support this, our Seeing the Landscape project encourages interacting with the Penwith landscape through art - following in the footsteps of many artists who have been inspired by this area of Cornwall. And many of our other projects have fun activities coming up - from Cornish Hedge activity packs, to archaeological trails.
On this page we will be highlighting our work with art and activities - including forthcoming events such as exhibitions and workshops, our photographic and artistic competitions, and activities you can enjoy at home.
As part of our Seeing the Landscape project we are holding a number of workshops, art walks and exhibitions. A summary of these will be shared here, with full details and registration over on our Events page.
Summer Family Art Workshops
This summer, artist Sue Kinley will be running a number of artistic workshops, to create crafts and artworks themed around the Penwith landscape, its heritage and wildlife. All are suitable for the entire family, and all artistic materials will be supplied - and they will be a great activity for the Summer Holidays. All the workshops will be held in line with government guidelines to manage the spread of Covid-19 at the time. We expect these workshops to be popular and spaces may be limited - click on the workshop titles below to find out more about each one, and to register your interest in the sessions:
- Painted Butterflies - St Buryan Village Hall, 31st July 11am - 4.30pm: Make a ‘kaleidoscope’ of butterflies for your wall, looking at the beautiful colours and patterns of butterflies to be found in Penwith. Bring your own photos to work from, or use the examples provided.
- Make a Cornish Hedge artwork - Sancreed Village Hall, 5th August 11am - 4.30pm: In this workshop we will look for the patterns in hedges and walls, and have fun with building colours and textures. Try to bring an image of your favourite Cornish hedge/wall – some will be provided for inspiration. We will be using a range of materials to make a low relief and collaged Cornish hedge artwork. You could also collect small pieces of dried moss, lichens etc to bring along to attach.
- Wonderful Lichens: Magnets and Mobiles - Sancreed Village Hall, 12th August 11am - 4.30pm: On your walks around Penwith, see how many lichens you can draw or photograph. Look on tree branches, standing stones, rocks, walls... We will explore the shapes and colours of lichens with mixed media. You can back your pieces with magnets, or hang them from wire, sticks and twigs.
- Printing from the Penwith Landscape - St Buryan Village Hall, 14th August 11am - 4.30pm: If you have been on one of my art walks, bring your sketchbooks along, or any images from the Penwith landscape that you would like to work from. It could be wildlife, rockpools, cliffs, flowers, buildings or anything else to make a lino cut print from. Older children and adults will use lino cutting tools to make prints, and younger ones will make relief prints [no cutting!]. Everyone will have a print/prints to take home – you might like to make your own cards.
Weaving the Colours of Penwith - Solomon Browne Memorial Hall, Mousehole, 21st August 11am - 4.30pm: Bands and stripes of colours across fields, commons, heathland, the sea – how many can you see? We will use new and re-cycled yarns and strips of fabric to make small woven pieces – bring in your photos and any materials we could use! We will be weaving on card frames, suitable for all ages, and they could be finished at home if you run out of time. All basic weaving equipment provided.
Art and Photography Competitions
Love Penwith and have an artistic side? Then enter one of our art or photography competitions! Below are details of any competitions that are running, and also information on past competitions.
We currently do not have any artistic competitions open, but there will be more in the future - watch this space!
Here are details of the past artistic competitions we have held - follow the links to find out more and view galleries of the top entries.
We are pleased to be able to offer a number of fun activities related to the Penwith landscape that everyone can take part in at home.
As part of our Cornish Hedge week we now have a number of fun filled activity sheets, which can help all the family learn more about Cornish Hedges - to view and download the Activity Pack go to our Penwith Hedges page.
Family Art Activities
Sue Kinley has devised for us a number of family friendly art activities you can complete at home, inspired by the Penwith landscape - click on the links below for step by step instructions.
- Make your own concertina sketchbook inspired by the landscape
- Mosaic and stripes art activity
- Create a stained glass design inspired by Penwith
- Create a Christmas spiral decoration
- Create your own Cornish Hedge art work
Past Activities and Events
Mousehole School photographs of Sancreed Beacon and Tony's Wood exhibition
In March 2020 children from Lugger and Schooner classes at Mousehole School spent a morning out on Sancreed Beacon and in Tony’s Wood to explore these through photography. The children were provided with cameras and told they could photograph whatever they liked, and that we would then exhibit a picture chosen by them – allowing everyone to see the landscape through their eyes. Each child has now chosen the picture they most want to share and explained in their own words why it is important to them. Large prints of the images and the children's words were on display at the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall between 7th-17th June. However, even though the exhibition is now closed, the children's images and texts can also be viewed here on our website - click here to find out more.
Seeing the Landscape - Artists' Impressions of Carn Euny exhibition
In the Autumn of 2020 a number of artists joined Mayes Creative on walks through the Penwith landscape to the ancient settlement of Carn Euny, to learn more about and be inspired by this historic place as part of our Seeing the Landscape project. The participating artists went on to create stunning art works as a result, celebrating the beauty and heritage of this unique landscape. In June 2021 we were able to share some of these art works with visitors to Sancreed Village Hall, a true showcase of how Penwith can be interpreted through art. We will be sharing some of the art works that took part in the exhibition here on our website very soon!
Share your creations with us!
Have you attended one of our workshops, or tried one of our artistic activities? We'd love to see your Penwith inspired art works! Share them with us on social media - you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram