Cornwall in the Snow 2018 – A photo journal

The past couple of days have given me such the rare opportunity of seeing the place where I live in Cornwall in a new way. The world has gone muffled and monotone. And I love it.

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Celebrating 200 Years: the Royal Cornwall Museum comes to life!

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It is damp and dreary but I have been looking forward to today for months so I was going to be put off. Walking up the granite steps into the museum I was immediately stuck by how bright everything looks. And how busy, my favourite little museum had really come alive!

I have been going to the Royal Cornwall Museum since the 1980s. I think every person I know who went to school in Cornwall has been taken to see the Egyptian mummy at some point. Since those school trips I have continued to visit regularly, to use the library, to hunt down an object I have read about or to attend a talk. But today really felt like a new chapter.

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The hard work of the past few months has paid off. All the familiar displays have been Continue reading

Falmouth Art Gallery: Andrew Lanyon and Nature’s Laboratory

Since I first came across Andrew Lanyon’s book A Fairy Find many years ago I have been fascinated by his work. He challenges me to see the world in a different way, a weird and wonderful, and often slightly perplexing, way.

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His latest exhibition which opened last weekend at Falmouth Art Gallery is called Nature’s Laboratory is a collaboration with some 37 other artists. This fantastical collection of diverse pieces asks you to take a moment and consider the work of Nature and her influence, her power and her control. Continue reading

Walking on Bodmin Moor – some of my personal highlights!

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I read recently that Bodmin Moor is less popular with visitors than Dartmoor because it has so few marked footpaths. There are numerous ‘routes’ across the moor but they are far less worn by foot traffic and in most cases not marked at all. But this is one of the reasons I and many others find this place so alluring. Continue reading

Ben Barker – Ceramist & Alchemist

 

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Ben Barker – Studio Ceramics

 

Cornwall is thought to have the highest concentration of working artists anywhere in the British Isles, outside of London and many of them are tucked away in the quiet of the Cornwall’s countryside. This winter I discovered a wonderful potter just a few miles from my home and just for a day I was transported into the elemental world of clay. Continue reading

Simon Bradley on Gyotaku, a seagull called Derek and finding his Cornish Bolthole

Weak sunshine glints off the glass of the small porthole in the door of the studio. The wood burner is roaring now and I gaze around at the eclectic collection of prints and miscellanea covering the walls.

“I don’t think of myself as anything really, I’m just me. You know, steering my way through life and engaging with things I enjoy.”

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I have just asked Simon Bradley how he sees himself. As an artist, a fisherman, an escapologist or a retired policeman. He didn’t really like the question. It would have meant pinning himself down, giving in to classification, interpretation. But he is, or was, all of those things. Continue reading