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Are you up for a challenge? Join the Tallest Sunflower Growing competition 2021 - open to all ages, whether you have green fingers or not. Sign up at https://lovefalmouthvolunteers.volunteermakers.org/get-involved/hour-or-two/sunflower-growing-competition/84 and receive your sunflower seedling with full growing instructions. Each week chart the growth of your flowers by measuring them and completing the growing log as you watch them flourish. You’ll be invited to join the closed Facebook group, where you can upload pictures of your plants, ask for advice and see how other people’s sunflowers are growing. The winner will be the person who has grown the tallest sunflower, after verification, by

Families are invited to take part in our Easter Art Trail during the Easter Holidays. From Tuesday 6 - Monday 19 April there will be 5x Easter themed artworks hidden in Kimberley Park. Your challenge is to find them, remember/write down what's in each picture and then go and tell the staff at Falmouth Library what you have found. All those taking part will receive a FREE Easter egg at the library. Please note that the library is open for socially distanced click and collect services from 9 am - 1 pm Mon - Fri (closed

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

As part of BENOW, Fal Culture's annual festival celebrating the culture of women, we are launching a 30 day art challenge called #InHerShoes. The challenge will be posted on the Falmouth Art Gallery Instagram using the hashtag #InHerShoes https://www.instagram.com/falmouthartgallery/ In the spirit of BENOW, the challenge will begin on the 8th March - International Women’s Day- and will last for 30 days. All are welcome to participate, artists and novices alike! If you would like to take-part, please see further details below. Sara Trillo, Relics of Saints, Watercolour Monoprint, Bequeathed through the Art Fund by Maragaret Whitford,

Many of us are enjoying snowy scenes outside at the moment, even Cornwall has received a rare light sprinkling! When you come back inside to warm up why don't you have a go at creating some snow inspired art. To get you in the mood here's some snowy scenes from the Falmouth Art Gallery Collection. Feel free to share your creations on our social media #falculture #falmouthartgallery Ted Dyer, Walking in a Snow Flurry, Falmouth, Oil on Board Tom Hammick, Walk in Snow I, Etching Tom Early (1914 - 1967), St Ives Bay with Snow, Oil on Board Gill Watkiss, Farm

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

In November we opened two travel-themed exhibitions called 'There and Back' and 'Here and There' which explore journeys near and far. Unfortunately you can't see them in person at the moment so we thought we would adapt Eve's wonderful activity sheet for children so it can be enjoyed at home. If you have a printer then just print the PDF and scroll below to find images of all of the artwork. If you don't have a printer then you can collect a paper copy from the library when you pick up your books (when it re-opens). Activity-sheet-Jan-21-printDownload Unknown Artist

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/