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This Summer at Falmouth Art Gallery

The Legend of King Arthur: A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story

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Visitors across the country have been flocking to our magnificent touring exhibition and this summer, it is coming to Falmouth for a spectacular finale.

The exhibition tells the story for the first time of the links between the world-famous legend of King Arthur, the renowned Pre-Raphaelite artists and Cornwall’s Arthurian heritage.

It brings together over 60 iconic works of art from public and private collections and is an exclusive opportunity to see the entire Lady of Shalott series of paintings by John William Waterhouse exhibited together for the first time in the UK.

“A swoon of a show” The Times

Curated by Natalie Rigby, the incredible line-up of Pre-Raphaelite artists includes Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Emma Sandys and Elizabeth Siddal.

The exhibition will be accompanied by activities, talks and workshops for all ages.

17 June – 30 September 2023

The Lady of Shalott (1888) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
Oil paint on canvas, 153 × 200 cm, Tate
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

Opens June 17
Free Entry
Monday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Exhibition Talk

Seeking King Arthur’s Country – Myth & Reality

The talk will cover the archaeology and history of places in the Cornish landscape connected with King Arthur, King Mark, Tristan and Iseult.

by Jacky Nowakowski FSA Archaeologist and Director of Tintagel Castle excavations (2016-17)

June 22 3.30pm at Falmouth Art Gallery


Family Workshops
10 – 1pm


Tu 30Fun with circlesCome and make your own colourful spinner, have a go at spun art plus more circular creations using stencils
We 31Wonky WeavingUse wool, fabric and paper to make a little wall hanging


Th 1Dream WorldsInspired by the work in Unfamilliar Terriorty and the artist Luciana Novo. We will be making dream landscapes in collage and paint.
Sa 3Neon LandscapesCreate a vibrant neon otherworldly landscape inspired by the photographs in the unfamiliar territories exhibition
Sa 24Ornate picture framesMake a decorative, golden picture frame


Sa 1Roll charactersMaking the legend characters using cardboard rolls and other materials
Sa 8Chainmail Making
Sa 15Collage castleCastle geometrical shape collage
Sa 22Cardboard CastlesMake a miniature castle for your play figures
Sa 29Arthurian costumes for your toysBring along a favourite toy and make your own crowns, capes, tiaras, gowns, dresses and swords to dress them up as a character from Arthurian legend.

Falmouth Week (August)

Sa 5King Arthur carnival 3-5pm: Make your own shiny knights helmet from card, foil and other materials and join us in the parade through Falmouth
Mo 7Romantic PatternsInspired by the PRB love of nature and the work of William Morris we will be block printing beautiful fabric
Tu 8Design a coat of armsDesign and make a coat of arms unique to you! with pens and collaged paper (scissors, card, coloured paper, pens, pencils)
We 9Clay charmsusing air drying clay make your own magic charm.
Th 10Flower garlandsMake a special summer headdress out of paper and card
Fr 11Brass RubbingsMake your own brass rubbing inspired by the Medieval knights.


We 16Ornate initial design
We 23Nature patterned paperDesign a wallpaper sample, inspired by William Morris using paper, pencil, paint
We 30Trusty steed!Decorate and make a trusty steed complete with fluffy mane and tail (scissors, card, split pins, fluffy material, wool, pencils, glue)


Sa 2Painting recreationsRecreate a Pre-Raphaelites painting scene using props for a photo shoot and frame it!
Sa 9Design your own wallpaperInspired by William Morris design your own pattern and then repeat the pattern using wax rubbing.
Sa 16Miniature AngelsMake a miniature angel inspired by the paintings. Card, paper, fabric, (possibly dolly pegs?)
Sa 23ReflectionsInspired by the story of the Lady of Shallot we will be playing with mirrors and reflections and shadows to make pictures.
Sa 30Stained glass beastCreate a 5th/6th century inspired stained glass beast scene (scissors, tracing paper, tissue paper, pens, acetate, black markers)

Free Digital Guide

Download our free digital guide on Bloomberg Connects. Audio guides and additional information about artwork in exhibitions and within our store rooms.

Find the app in your app store or scan the QR code.

About Falmouth Art Gallery

Award-winning Falmouth Art Gallery is owned and administered by Falmouth Town Council. Family-friendly and free, the gallery stages an exciting and ambitious exhibition programme, regularly changing displays from its outstanding art collection and an innovative community engagement programme.

T: 01326 313 863 | Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth TR11 2RT