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/
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.
Are you sitting comfortably? It's time for a story with the wonderful, Jo Lumber. Storytime usually takes place in Falmouth Library every Tuesday but as this can't happen at the moment Jo has recorded some stories for you to enjoy at home. Scroll down and discover a selection of children's favourites. There's more to be added in the New Year so keep an eye on this page
This year it has not been possible to hold Falmouth's Christmas Tree Festival as we usually would at Princess Pavilion and Gyllyngdune Gardens, but we were determined that this much loved event would still be celebrated, albeit in a different way. The Festival itself has gone virtual, although The Mayor of Falmouth, Steve Eva, has kindly donated a beautiful tree to display at Gyllyngdune Gardens grown locally by Paul and Joy Watts on their Christmas Tree farm down the road at Playing Place, so that there is still a little bit of actual Christmas sparkle to brighten people’s day. Community groups, families
A visitor enjoying the exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery Falmouth Art Gallery and the newly re-opened Royal Cornwall Museum have joined forces to stage two exhibitions, one in each venue, showcasing almost the entire ‘Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection’ which has been looked after by the latter institution on behalf of Cornwall Council since 2011. This impressive collection consists of artworks originally acquired from locally and internationally renowned artists for the educational benefit of all school children in Cornwall and was begun in 1961 following an anonymous donation of money to what was then Cornwall County Council with a note attached reading
Sedum Spectabile Common name:StonecropsGenus:SedumSpecies:SpectabileExposure:Full sunHardiness:HardySoil type:Neutral to AlkalineHeight:45cmsSpread:100cms A clump forming perennial with upright, unbranched green stems, which originates from China and Korea. It can tolerate the severest of continental climates, including exposed upland locations in the UK, withstanding temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F). It prefers well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil, producing flowers in dense, flat cymes to 15cm (6in) across. These attract bees, butterflies and hoverflies, providing food late into the year. These beautiful plants can be found in the parks and gardens in Falmouth and along the seafront.
ANIGOZANTHOS flavidus Common name:Kangaroo PawFamily:HaemodoraceaeGenus:AnigozanthosExposure:Full sunHardiness:Semi-hardySoil type:Well drained/ sandy loamHeight:180cmsSpread:60cms Originating from Southwest Australia, this perennial plant forms a clump of strap-like leaves growing from an underground rhizome, which has evolved to allow the species to regenerate after drought or fire. When established each plant can produce over 350 flowers on long stems, which can grow up to 1.8m in height. The tubular flowers grow at the end of each flower stem in groups of six and have pointed lobes, which curve at their tips giving them a paw-like appearance, hence their common name of ‘Kangaroo Paw’. Tiny hairs cover the flowers,