Follow the Cornwall Art Trail

Everybody wants to take a break at a price they can afford, and relax in peaceful country surroundings, enjoy wide open spaces, the sea, secluded coves and picturesque towns and villages. Artists in Cornwall have a field day in the peninsula county of England because between the granite cliffs and the busy harbours, they open our doors to the beauty of Cornwall. Kurt Jackson is a contemporary Cornwall artist with experience in environments and cultures. He uses a range of materials and techniques to present us with inspired works of art depicting the endless beauty of Cornwall.

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There are heaps of talented artists in Cornwall who sell their art work locally, and the thriving art scene in Cornwall inspires visitors to the area to visit art galleries and even book an art lesson or two. In the heart of vibrant arty Cornwall, there is always plenty of excellent accommodation where you can wander to the beach, where the kids are amused and which are well situated for doing the art route.

Art on the Doorstep of Endless Beauty

Cornwall artists love the Penberth Valley as this area alone provides plenty of inspiration for art, with the beautiful Penberth Cove which is a tiny fishing hamlet. The valley is the perfect setting for a Cornwall artist where natural treasures abound. Amanda Richardson is a Cornish painter with a BA honours degree in fine art textiles and she creates magnificent textile collages. You can see her art in her studio in the Penberth Valley complete with a lustrous garden which inspires a lot of her work. Visitors are welcome by appointment.

For anybody wanting to find out more about artists in Cornwall from the past, the Internet is a hive of information where you can glean fascinating information on the way art has evolved in this area, and books, archival material and photographic collections will take you on a fascinating trip from art beginnings to the present day.
Centres for Arts and Creativity

North Cornwal, just like the Western part, is fast becoming a vibrant art center and you can visit a Cornish painter, potter or sculptor directly or you can visit the many new art galleries which exhibit the works of rising Cornwall artists.Cornwall art trails are a fantastic way to be introduced to the art world while being able to take in magnificent views of the sparkling sea and landscapes as you walk or cycle the coastal footpath. Most of the Cornwall artist galleries are open every day, displaying an exquisite medley of works from select artists.

Towns Steeped in the Legends of Great Cornwall Artists

St Ives in West Cornwall is renowned as an artist colony and attracts multitudes of holiday makers every day of the year. The art town lies on the coast of the Celtic Sea and is a hugely popular holiday resort. A BBC film, The Art of Cornwall, claims that St Ives’ artists ‘produce some of the most exhilarating art of the twentieth century…this place was as famous as Paris, as exciting as New York and infinitely more progressive than London.’

Today St Ives with its well known Godrevy Lighthouse, its lovely old granite cottages and quaint cobbled streets, is a major centre of British art. The lighting is conducive to landscape art and the St Ives Tate Gallery offers exhibitions of some of these inspired works. Why don’t you pay a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in this town? It was bought by Barbara in 1949, and the studio, known as Trewyn Studio as well as her workshop still has all her tools and the materials she used when living there.

Penzance is another town where you can literally feel the pulse of its exciting art history. The town hosts exciting exhibitions, making use of drawings, photography, paintings and artefacts to ‘tell’ the stories of prominent artists who were central to the town’s formation. Art lovers will love the Penlee Gallery and Museum, and a walk long the promenade and in the area of the harbour offers lots of fascinating places to enjoy some refreshments. Penzance Promenade was the subject of a famous painting by Newlyn School artist Norman Garstin, known as ‘The Rain it Raineth Every Day’.

Falmouth on the southwest point of the Cornish coast has a large natural harbour, and its spectacular coastal backdrop and its 16th century castle have been the inspiration of artists for centuries. Artists and holidaymakers always go to the tip of the headland where there are splendid views of the town’s regular regattas. The Falmouth College of Art, founded in 1902, still teaches visual arts today. It offers several superb courses which attract students from far and wide who want to benefit from the creative excellence at the college.
You Uncover so Much More with Cornwall Art Trails

Cornwall is a Treasure Trove of Art

With so much beauty, it is hardly surprising that Cornwall is a premier holiday destination in the UK. VisitCornwall is the Official Tourist Board online visitor guide to Cornwall providing information and advice on where Cornish painters, artists and galleries can be found. The art trails take in Cornwall’s most beautiful areas with charming accommodation thrown in. Art trails are a great way to explore Cornwall, come face to face with a local Cornish painter and other artists in Cornwall and enjoy a mix of traditional and modern art and culture, and where you’ll also uncover a whole lot more.

Cultural Tourism Boost For Cornwall

Cornwall is to get a £340,031 grant from Arts Council England and VisitEngland that will put culture at the heart of the county’s billion pound visitor economy.

The grant will assist to money an enthusiastic 3 year project to build new partnerships that include value and attract visitors, bringing sustained growth to the local economy.

Cornwall’s vital arts and cultural companies will be dealing with the tourism sector to create a special identity for the county that promotes the amazing cultural wealth available. Commemorating the people, the location and the weather condition of Cornwall in all their wildest kinds, it is hoped that visitors will come particularly to enjoy the arts and culture year-round in addition to drawing in vacationers already coming for summer holidays.

The companies involved are:.

– Cornwall Arts Centre Trust.

– Kneehigh.

– Miracle Theatre.

– Leach Pottery.

– Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.

– Tate St Ives.

– Wildworks.

– Hall for Cornwall.

– Real Ideas Organisation.

– Cornwall Council.

– Visit Cornwall.

– CoaST– Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project.

– For Cornwall Museums Partnership.

Arts Council England and VisitEngland announced the honor with the Cultural Destinations program, a £3 million initiative which forms part of the 3 year collaboration between the 2 companies. The aim of the Cultural Destinations program is to enable arts and cultural companies working in collaboration with Destination Management Organisations to enhance their reach, engagement and durability through working with the tourist sector.

The successful funding quote was led by Cornwall Arts Centre Trust.

Ross Williams, Director of ACT said: “As managing partner for Cornwall’s Cultural Consortium, we are really delighted to have been successful with our bid to this scheme which will help us to put culture at the heart of the visitor economy. Cornwall has both a distinctive strong tourism brand and a wealth of cultural assets and activities, but until now these have operated largely in isolation from each other and we are very enthusiastic about the opportunity for our two sectors to work more closely together to everyone’s benefit.

“Our partnership includes most of the key Cornish arts organisations and museums as well as Cornwall Council, Visit Cornwall and tourism bodies. We believe that over the three year life of the project we will see significant increases in cultural engagement by visitors as well as benefits to Cornish residents resulting from the greater prosperity of the cultural sector and from economic growth spread more widely across Cornwall.”

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “This is an outstanding result for Cornwall’s cultural and destination organisations and well-deserved recognition for their determination to transform their individual offers into a powerful shared voice, one that celebrates the extraordinary wealth of Cornish culture and will attract even more visitors to the county.

‘More people every year are enjoying the arts and culture in local destinations and this is helping to drive the growth of the visitor economy. The increased income leads to greater sustainability and resilience both for cultural organisations and tourism businesses. This type of investment by Arts Council England shows our commitment to working in partnership with local authorities and local partnerships to support this growth in innovative and exciting ways.”

To read more about the Cultural Destinations programme visit the Arts Council’s webpage at For Cornwall tourism information visit