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Things to read, watch and see

11 June – 11 September @ Falmouth Art Gallery A celebration of invention and innovation in Falmouth past and present, plus some jolly clever things from other parts of Cornwall.  This eclectic and fun filled exhibition features an assortment of artworks, archival documents and objects that will fascinate all ages.  Come along and marvel at the inventions of the Fox family, put some crazy automata in action and be awe struck by the amazing innovations that are being developed right here, right now. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks, workshops and events being held at the Princess Pavilions

Little Story Seekers is a story, song and movement session for very young children and their parents and carers that normally takes place at The Writer's Block in Redruth. During the lockdown they have gone online and have been filming some of their videos at Falmouth Art Gallery. Here are some lovely stories featuring our very own, Jo Lumber. https://youtu.be/psiPHDGrx_k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msGtSrMZioA If you enjoyed these videos you can find more Little Story Seekers and other stories suitable for all ages on The Writer's Block youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNFsNjc2tZsbmMALI9dCwGg

Fal Culture's annual BENOW festival has gone virtual for 2021 with a month long programme of events for all to enjoy. BENOW, a Cornish adjective meaning female/feminine, is a festival of events, ideas, art, community and activism to explore and celebrate the culture of women. All welcome. The festival has its own website: https://benow.falculture.org/ The full programme of events can be viewed here: https://www.canva.com/design/DAEXn86xMGc/JgyB5wMOxphRy-559b9xHw/view?utm_content=DAEXn86xMGc&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink&fbclid=IwAR1OklUbo_pUuJlVG2Skur5tHSLtTtVqjPseCeXalMAthvTONPcAAuiUlyQ#1

While museums and galleries are closed The Guardian newspaper is working in partnership with Art UK to bring the art to us with their daily Great British Art Tour articles. We were very happy that they decided to stop off in Falmouth to look in depth at our most popular painting, Study for the Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse. You can read the aritcle here: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/feb/04/the-great-british-art-tour-falmouth-lady-of-shalott-by-waterhouse

Charles Napier Hemy RA RWS (1841-1917) was born in Newcastle, lived in London, studied in Antwerp, settled in Falmouth and is buried in Falmouth Cemetery.  He was the first Falmouth artist to be elected a Royal Academician and is celebrated for his paintings of the sea.  He was a sailor and had a boat fitted out as a floating studio, where he could observe the sea first hand. This terrific podcast by 'We Are on the Hill' tells Hemy's story interwoven with poems by Sarah Cave that are inspired by Hemy, his process and his art. https://weareonthehill.podbean.com/e/s01-episode-10-maritime-painter-charles-napier-hemy-ra-with-sarah-cave/

Do you fancy trying something a bit different this lockdown? One of our freelancers, Justin Wiggins, has formed the Book Sniffers Club. This a new creative wellbeing project which aims to get our noses back in books and make breathing fun again! So, why not grab a book and give it a go? You can find out how to take part on the club's website or follow the book sniffing fun on Instagram and/or Twitter.

Our Community Gallery is hosting a fascinating photography exhibition. The photos on display are by an amazing group of people who have taken part in the first 8 week discover smartphone photography project in Falmouth, run by Make it Better CIC and supported by Falmouth Cultural Services and The Little Parc Owles Trust. The project People got involved for lots of different reasons, to get more confident with photography, to learn how their phone camera and apps worked, to tell their story, be creative or get more confident about showing their photographs. People involved took part in workshops or location visit, taking photographs