Catherine Haines, Jubilee Pool Stories and More – Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange – August/September 2018


Catherine Haines  –  06 AUG — 22 SEP 2018 – The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery

A collection of etchings and paintings that explore folklore, the sea and collections by artist Catherine Haines.

Opening Event: Fri 10 Aug 18.00 – 21.00 with Indian street food from Sharmi’s Kitchen, serving curries, chapatis, pakoras, and Indian Scotch eggs.  All welcome.

With an emphasis on affordable works The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery offers the opportunity to buy paintings, prints and drawings by some of the region’s most recognised artists. All profits from sales directly help to support the gallery’s education and exhibition activities.


Jubilee Pool: Then, Now, To Come – 04 Aug – 22 Sep 2018 – The Engine Room, The Exchange

Work-in-progress of a three-year participative, creative exploration of the life and history of Penzance’s iconic and much-loved lido.

For more information on the project see Awen


Paint Your Dog! – 18 August 2018 – 14:00 to 16:00 – Newlyn Art Gallery

This is your chance to incorporate some drawing and painting into your walkies! Armed with paper, paint and dog treats, painter Ben Sanderson will lead you in quick-fire, fun drawing and painting exercises to help you create off-the-cuff sketches of your dog.

This workshop is for well-behaved dogs and their owners. Please bring a dog lead.

£4 per slot, please choose your slot and book via eventbrite

  • 14.00 – 14.20
  • 14.20 – 14.40
  • 14.40 – 15.00
  • 15.00 – 15.20
  • 15.20 – 15.40
  • 15.40 – 16.00


Ikebana Workshop – 25 August 2018 – 15:30 to 17:30 – Newlyn Art Gallery

The return of our popular Ikebana workshop.

Katsushi Koike, from Japan, will guide you through the art of Japanese flower arranging.  £20 including all materials and flowers. Booking essential, please call 01736 223125 to book.


Summer Art Classes  – Wednesdays in August – The Engine Room, The Exchange

Led by the wonderful Alice Ellis-Bray and inspired by our Rose Wylie exhibition, these workshops are for 7 – 13 Year olds. Please wear old clothes as it will get messy!

£6 per session, all materials provided. You can book on all sessions or pick and choose. Booking via eventbrite

WEDNESDAY 01 AUG – Pillow Stories
What are your dream adventures? What stories do you come up with in your sleep? – Inspired by the exhibition, you will be painting the story of a dream you have had – onto a pillow case. Sweet dreams!

WEDNESDAY 08 AUG – Portrait Painting
Who is that in the mirror? How do you paint yourself? – Using mirrors, you will be working out how to look and paint at the same time.

WEDNESDAY 15 AUG – Story Box Painting
Looking at story-telling through painting, you will create different scenes of the same story. What goes inside your story box is up to you – possibilities are endless!

WEDNESDAY 22 AUG – Painting with Feeling
What’s your favourite colour? How do you know? – Using your instincts, this workshop is all about following your intuition when making colour choices, and painting without getting caught up in too much decision making. What comes naturally when using paint and how do you choose colour?

WEDNESDAY 29 AUG – Time Travel for Painters
Exploring ideas about our past, our present and our future, you will be creating a triptych of paintings to tell stories through time. When, now and then!


Staff Member “Braves the Shave” for Macmillan

Christopher Rowe Limited staff member, Sandra Pascoe (Accounts Technician) has “braved the shave” for Macmillan Cancer Support. “Brave the Shave” is an initiative by Macmillan to raise much needed funds to support people with cancer:

By braving the shave you’ll be standing proudly alongside men and women with cancer whilst raising money so Macmillan Cancer Support can help people take control back from cancer.

We know that cancer can turn the world upside down and that’s especially true when it comes to appearance. Men and women with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look, to how they feel. So when they need someone to turn to, Macmillan is here. Right from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, we’re here to give people the energy and inspiration to take back control of their life.

Every penny you raise will help us give people with cancer and their families the specialised support they need, when they need it most.

The shave took place on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at “Beyond the Fringe”, Camelot Court, Penzance who kindly donated their services for free.



Sandra commented afterwards that “it’s fine…just a little bit nippy around the ears”. If you would like to donate then please visit:

Penzance Literary Festival – 8-11 July 2015

Penzance literary Festival takes place between the 8th and 11th of July 2015 at a variety of locations in Penzance, including the Acorn Theatre, Penlee House, Morrab Library and the Edge of the World bookshop.  This year’s festival theme is SPARKS and there really is a packed programme of events featuring authors and writers such as Tony Hawks, Patrick Gale, Ian Whybrow and Philip Marsden.

There are author talks, children’s events, writers’ workshops, music and much more.  The full itinerary of events is at the Penzance Literary Festival website and highlights include:

Wednesday 8 July 2015: “Writing for Performance” – Paul Dodgson
Morrab Library
10.30am – 4pm
Price: £35.

Paul Dodgson is an award winning writer and producer who spent 18 months as part of the “Eastenders” writing team.  He wrote “Monsters We Met” for BBC 2 and has written numerous plays for BBC Radio 4.   This workshop explores the mechanics of writing for performance on stage, on screen or on the radio.  With exercises and examples, discover what happens when your words make the transition from page to stage.  You will develop ideas, work on scenes and create monologues that are be shared and performed by the group in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Thursday 9 July 2015: “King Bruno: the orphan chimp who became a legend” – Paul Glynn
Redwing Gallery
12.45pm – 2.15pm
Price: £3.00

Author and filmmaker Paul Glynn discusses ‘King Bruno’, the astonishing true story of a chimpanzee raised by humans in the jungles of Sierra Leone.

Friday 10 July 2015: “Once Upon a Time in the West… Country” – Tony Hawks
Acorn Theatre
7.30pm – 8.45pm
Price: £8

The comedian and author talks to Jak Stringer about his latest book, Once Upon a Time in the West … Country, a comic memoir of his attempts to get to grips with rural life after abandoning London and buying a cottage in Devon, where, not content with becoming chair of the village hall committee, he also accepts a challenge to pedal across the county carrying a miniature pig called Titch.

Saturday 11 July 2015: “The Big Lit Charity Quiz” – Patrick Gale
Acorn Theatre
7pm – 9pm
Price: £3 (£2 for concessions)

Fancy yourself as a Lit Quiz Whiz? Start sharpening those pencils and get ready to pit your Lit Wits against some fierce opposition. Chaired by Patrick Gale, the Big Lit Quiz is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever – with loads of fabulous spot prizes and a prize pot for the lucky winners. Find up to three other people to form a team – or make a team when you get here. Win or lose, a great night out is guaranteed. It’s in a good cause too. This year we shall be supporting the excellent work of the RNIB Library Service.

Be prepared for anything!

More details about the Festival can be found at Penzance Literary Festival website. Festival Programmes are in local shops and libraries now and event tickets can be purchased online here or by telephone via Cornish Riviera Box Office (CRBO) on 01726 879500 or in person at the following locations:

  • National Trust Welcome to West Cornwall Centre, Penzance,
  • St Ives TIC, The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives
  • The Visitor Centre, Heartlands, Pool, Redruth
  • FalRiver VIC, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth
  • Truro TIC, Boscawen Street, Truro
  • and other CRBO local box offices through Cornwall.