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November’s Art Events

Feed your imagination this November with an eclectic host of art events and shenanigans as you explore the creative hub that is, Cornwall.

With workshops and exhibitions everywhere from small spaces to grand galleries, expect a fascinating showcase and celebration of the county’s world-renowned artistic landscape across a multitude of mediums and genres.

So whether you wish to appreciate, make, buy, or experience art, make sure you immerse yourself into the tantalising schedule of creative things to see and do this month…

For hands-on fun… 

Craft Workshops at Bedruthan Hotel (until 28th November) gives your inner artistic self full reign as you sample the likes of Beginners Modern Calligraphy, Taster Screen Printing, crochet, Silver jewellery Making, Festive Cyanotypes, and Festive Flower and Driftwood Creations.

Super Sunday Family Festival: Planet Art at Tate St Ives (10th November) allows the entire family to contribute to the Planet Art gallery while discovering more about conserving the planet as you make a mini world and create a cardboard costume from recycled materials.

Junk-er-ations and Winter Festivals at Tate St Ives (30th November) presents visitors with the opportunity to make their own Christmas decorations from recycled material, as well as enjoy special talks, activities and live music. 

For awe-inspiring exhibitions…

Creative Tensions (until 16th November) at Penlee House catalogues the history of the Penwith Society of Arts by exhibiting works from the society’s first decade by extraordinary founding members including Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson.

Otobong Nkanga at Tate St Ives (until 5th January) will treat visitors to a vibrant assortment of drawings, photographs, sculptures and installations representing ideas of politics, land and the body during this not-to-be-missed exhibition.

A Tale of Mother’s Bones (until 4th January) at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Penzance reveals the collaboration between surgeon Dr Grace Pailthorpe and artist Reuben Mednikoff, whose move to Cornwall produced some of their most experimental artworks: here visible in drawings and paintings spanning four decades. Meanwhile, Scenes (until 4th January) is artist Naomi Frear’s curation of remembered, imagined and actual film scenes by local and national photographers, painters, printmakers and filmmakers.

Pilvi Takala at CAST Helston (until 10th November) sees a free screening programme of film set to intrigue and inspire with the internationally acclaimed artist’s interventional musings on a range of global issues as she innovatively fuses documentary-making and performance to fascinating effect.

Miracle Theatre: Time Capsule Exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery (until 21st December) opens the theatre’s archives to showcase over 40 years of costumes, props and treasures that, alongside a series of accompanying events, follows the company’s extraordinary journey. 

James Dodds: Wood to Water at National Maritime Museum Cornwall (until 1st September 2020) sees the anticipated return of the formidable artist with his latest exhibition of paintings and limited edition lino cuts of traditional boats.

For a celebration of art…

U Studio Festival: Otobong Nkanga (23rd November) affords the opportunity to make art alongside relishing a schedule of talks, films, pop-up performances, the Art Lab takeover and a soundtrack by the Tate’s resident DJ.

For buying art…

Krowji’s Open Studios (29th November - 1st December) gives visitors the chance to snap up some original artworks (just in time for Christmas) from over 50 artists, makers and designers at this fabulous free event with a festive twist.

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