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Art in the City 2012

Welcome to Truro's fourth Art in the City' festival running from the 2nd until the 15th of April 2012

‘Art in the City' is Truro's annual visual arts festival that draws together arts based businesses in Truro. It is brought to you by Totally Truro, the organisation delivering Truro's Business Improvement District (BID). Events are co-ordinated in partnership with Event Cornwall and promoted by MPAD. The festival involves open spaces and galleries across the city of Truro. The purpose of the festival is to create a series of events that make art accessible to the community; that celebrate existing artists and galleries within Truro and that opens up opportunities for new artists; thereby attracting additional visitors to the city.

Totally Truro aims to encourage the accessibility of art for all, whether through the creation of art or as an observer, and this is reflected in the variety of events programmed into the annual festival. From ‘Big Art', which involves established and emerging artists creating giant canvases on Truro's streets before being exhibited and then auctioned off, to the ‘Art Car Boot' and from events in the city's galleries to an open art competition, we hope you will enjoy being a part of this year's ‘Art in the City' festival in Truro. 

Please see below for the list of events: -

BIG Art (supported by Truro Arts Company)
Painting on Monday 2nd April and Tuesday 3rd April
Viewing from Wednesday 4th April - Monday 9th April at various locations around Truro.
Exhibition of the entire collection from Tuesday 10th April - Thursday 12th April in the Lander Gallery
Auction on Thursday 12th April at 6pm in the Lander Gallery

8 large canvasses will be placed in public sites around the city on each day, and will be painted in one day by local artists on the theme of ‘My View of Truro'.

Watch the paintings unfold at the following locations:
High Cross; Pydar Street; Boscawen Street; Lemon Quay; Truro Arts Company; Victoria Square; Truro Bus Station; Lemon Street Market.

The canvases can then be viewed in various locations around Truro including: The Pydar Artist Studios
The Lemon Street Market
The Guild of Ten
Truro Arts Company
Tourist Information Centre
Experience Wine
Hall for Cornwall
The Lane Gallery
City Music
Newells Travel

The canvases will then be brought together for the Big Art exhibition at the Lander Gallery, featuring the 16 piece collection on Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th April. The canvases will then be auctioned off on Thursday 12th April at the Lander Gallery, so if you fancy purchasing a one-off piece of ‘BIG Art' the auction will start at 6pm.

The Big Art auction is supported by Experience Wine.

Art Competition

The art competition is open to all on the theme of ‘My Truro' and registration opens on 1 March 2012. Entries can include paintings, drawings, sketches and collage.

The art work will be judged on the following criteria:

Interpretation of the theme - ‘My Truro'
Use of materials
Technical merit
Commercial value of the art
Art with the most vision and passion

A prize will be awarded in each of the following age groups: 13 and under, 14 to 20 and 21+. The prizes include:

An ‘Art Hamper' from Truro Arts
£50 worth of Truro Arts Vouchers

The artwork that is deemed to best encapsulate the theme of the competition will win the Prize of Prizes - an exhibition space for the winning piece in the Lander Gallery and the opportunity to create an art work for Truro - commissioned by Truro City Council.

This year's judging panel will include:

Leonardo Santolamazza - Artist
Donna Mitchell - Truro Arts
Neil Scott - BID manager
Hilary Bracegirdle - Royal Cornwall Museum
Rob Nolan - Mayor of Truro

Finished work is to be submitted to the Truro Arts Company on Thursday 5th April and must be ready-to-hang. The work will be exhibited on Saturday 14th April and the judging will take place during this time. The winners will be announced and the prizes will be presented at 4pm on Saturday 14th April.

Entrants will also receive a discount on their art competition materials from Truro Arts Company when they register their entry with Event Cornwall (see entry details below). You will receive 10% off any sale over £5 (excluding products already on offer). Once registered you will receive confirmation of your entry, and the discount code, which can be used instore to claim your discount.

To register in the Art Competition please send your name, age, contract number and email address to: Art in the City Art Competition c/o Event Cornwall, 7&8 Cathedral Lane, Truro, TR1 2QS. Alternatively email with a message containing the required information, or contact 01872 888089 for further details.


Festival events throughout the city

Guild of Ten

Piecing it Together

For this year's Art in the City, the Guild of Ten will be displaying a very special focus window featuring exquisite works by textile artist Christine Roxborough and painter and jewellery maker Nancy Pickard. Both artists piece together their work to make fascinating 'patchwork' creations: Christine makes sumptuous silk jackets and outfits for special occasions, Nancy makes enamelled silver necklaces and earrings, mixed media paintings and collages using of fragments of text and found objects.

The two combined are sure to give a highly decorative and textural feel to the display, but more than this, there is a special and sacred feeling to these timeless pieces.


Royal Cornwall Museum Events and Exhibitions

Discover Cornwall's unique culture from the ancient past to the present day. Explore magnificent minerals, archaeology and natural history along with our impressive collection of paintings and decorative art. Family trails & activities, talks and lectures occur throughout the year along with a full programme of exciting exhibitions.

Open Tues - Sat, 10am - 4.45pm.
Closed Sun, Mon and Bank Holidays.
River Street, Truro.
Tel. 01872 272205

What's On April 2nd - 15th

Family activities

‘Funny Bunnies'
April 4
Make a 3D, collage rabbit for Easter.
Cost £2 per child, accompanying adult free. Suitable for children aged 4 and over.

‘Beautiful Birds'
April 11
Make a decorative bird mobile using paper and feathers.
Cost £2 per child, accompanying adult free. Suitable for children aged 4 and over.


Taking Shape Throughout 2012

Featuring 28 paintings from the iconic Cornwall Schools Art Collection this exhibition explores the way artists use line, shape and colour to compose the perfect picture. With works by Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson, Jeremy Le Grice and Terry Frost it provides a view of painting in Cornwall in the mid 20th Century when the county was the centre for progressive art.

Truro School Art Collection until 2 June

The collection was originally formed as an aid to education for students of Truro School and features famous post-war artists based in St. Ives, Newlyn and Falmouth. This is will be the first public display of selected works.

Patrick Woodroffe 14 April - 30 June
Painter, sculptor, poet, and author, Patrick Woodroffe is best known for his fantasy science-fiction artwork. A variety of works will be on display, spanning his career from the early 60s to the present day.

Scattered Art Exhibition
Sunday 8th April 3-6pm
Scattered Art is a series of temporary exhibitions happening in Cornwall with new and exciting art in unusual locations. The events last just a couple of hours, each in a mystery location which won't be revealed until the day of the event. Log onto after 9am on the day to find out where the exhibition is taking place. If you're lucky and come across a peg, keep it safe - you never know when you might need it...

Truro Arts

Truro Arts will be host to a packed schedule of events during the festival including:
Mon 2nd April Big Art One of the 16 handpicked Big Art artists will be setting up canvas outside Truro Arts Company, and creating a piece of artwork based on their interpretation of this years theme, ‘My Truro'. All day

Big Art for Children This year, children can also get involved in this great project. With the assistance of a Big Art artist, children will collaborate on a massive 5 meter long canvas that will depict Truro's skyline. Once complete, the canvas will be displayed around the city. Parental supervision required. 10am - 4pm

Exhibitions Judith Trevorrow's exhibition will commence in the Arts Café
'The 3 Malabar Boys' exhibition will commence in Truro Arts Company

Tues 3rd Drop-in Easter themed workshop Session for children to create and have fun. Parental supervision required. Pop in anytime from 10am to 4.30pm

Wed 4th April Decopatch workshop Children choose an item to decorate in colourful decopatch papers. 9.30 - 11.30am.

Children's Art Competition workshop An opportunity for children to prepare a piece of work to submit into the Art in the City art competition, working to the theme of ‘My Truro'. A prize will be awarded to the winner. 2.30pm - 5pm.

Thurs 5th April 'Looking Again' workshop With artist Caroline Pedler. A workshop that is intended to stimulate a new way of looking, enabling the artist to re-assess and understand the marks they make more intuitively, without the structures they are most used to. Time TBC

Sat 7th April Drop-in Easter themed workshop Session for children to create and have fun. Parental supervision required. Pop in anytime from 9.30am to 11.45am

Acrylic painting demonstration With artist and tutor Judith Trevorrow 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Tues 10th April Polychromos pencil demo With artist Susan Hillier. Try these wonderful artist, oil -based, soft and blendable pencils, with a special discount on these products in-store during Art in the City Festival. 2.30pm - 5.30pm.

Creative session for Children Drop-in art and craft session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9.30am to 11.45am

Wed 11th April Japanese woodcut printing workshop With Gwylym Lewis 10am - 4pm.

Creative session for Children Drop-in art and craft session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9.30am to 11.45am

Thurs 12th April Childrens Tepee workshop! Groups of children or families can work together on creating and decorating their own life size tepees. The completed tepees will then be displayed outside, and children are welcome to take afternoon tea in them! Spaces are limited so please call up in advance to book your place. Time TBC

Fri 11th April Watercolour demonstration With artist John Cowley, and technical advice from our Daniel Smith Representative. 10am - 4pm

Creative session for Children Drop-in art and craft session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9.30am to 11.45am

Sat 12th April Judging of Childrens Art Competition A prize will be awarded to the winner



Lander Gallery


This show focuses on patterns we see in Nature: flora and fauna, reflections in water, in the sand, fields, a butterfly's wing, shells or the bark of a tree.
This exhibition will feature paintings, prints, textiles and ceramics by gallery artists.
Artists will be working "live" in Lemon Street Market during the festival. Details nearer the time on

On the Classics side will be our historic Cornish Art including works by Newlyn and St Ives School artists such as Lamorna Birch and George F. Bradshaw. We also show original artwork and posters from the great age of train travel.

Meet Tate St Ives
An Opportunity for Local Businesses

Wednesday 4 April
6pm for 6.30pm, Truro Cathedral Café

Hosted by Tate St Ives Executive Director Mark Osterfield and Artistic Director Martin Clark. Find out about our upcoming exhibitions programme and exciting plans for the Phase 2 building project, as well as the many ways your company can benefit from an association with the world renowned Tate brand.

Free entry for local businesses but booking essential.
Please contact or 01736 792183



The Lane Gallery

On each day of the Art in the City festival, visitors to our gallery will get the chance to meet many of our artists who will be on duty. Our range of local artists includes Joe Armstrong who can be found painting at High Cross (beside the Cathedral) on most Saturday mornings throughout the spring and summer.



The Original Art Shop

The Original Art Shop will be exhibiting several original canvas paintings by local figurative artist Sally Jones together with stunning seascapes from Jeanni Grant-Nelson. We also have a selection of sketches and acrylics by Julieann Kinley and Emma Lloyd who currently work in the Original Art Shop Gallery.

Hall for Cornwall

Ben Maile Exhibition
Assembly Rooms
Monday 9th - Friday 13th April

The Hall for Cornwall hosts the painter's last public showing of his work in Cornwall, with a collection of work featuring a strong Cornish theme, evoking historic memories of Tin Mines and Old Harbours.

Pydar Artist Studios

Monday 2nd - Saturday 14th April
Pydar Artists Gallery and studios are holding their first Mini Art Show called "Anonymous".

Inspired by the R.C.A 'Secret postcard' sale, the exhibition will be available for viewing throughout the whole Art in the City week. We aim to produce a stimulating exhibition of postcard-sized original artworks by well-known local artists, as well as up-and-coming ones.

The exclusive artworks will be signed on the back, so buyers don't know the identity of the artist until they have made their purchase. All the artworks will be sold for just £15.
The gallery will donate all proceeds of the sale to the R.N.L.I

Friday 13th April 5.30pm -7.30pm
We will also be holding a long overdue Gallery Launch evening. Come along for drinks and nibbles and to meet the resident artists, whilst viewing our current exhibition from printmaker, Laura Weston. Help us celebrate our new-look Gallery.

Art Attack
Saturday 14th April - Lemon Quay and High Cross
1pm - 2pm

Feeling creative? Come along and get involved in creating your very own Art Attack on the streets of Truro!

Animal Art Zoo
Saturday 7th April - Lemon Quay, High Cross and Victoria Square
10am - 4pm
Contribute to your own piece of colourful Animal Art at various sites around Truro, but remember don't feed the animals!

Artist in Residence
Various locations around the City throughout the festival

Look out for painters, sculptors and illustrators around the city as we invite them to get creative in a range of unusual locations.

Art Car Boot
Sunday 15th April
Garras Wharf Car Park
10am - Site opens to traders
11am - 3pm - Site open to the general public

Now in it's third year, come along to the annual Art Car Boot as part of Art in the City. Uncover some hidden treasures and affordable art, and grab yourself a real art bargain! Meet the artists, drink some tea or just mingle in the creative bustle.

FREE ENTRY. Pitches £8 in advance or £10 on the gate.

To book your pitch please contact, or call 01872 888089 for more information.

Lemon Street Gallery

The Gallery deals in paintings and sculpture by prominent artists and has a vibrant programme of exhibitions during Art in the City:

10 March - 7 April
Hamish MacDonald: A Retrospective (PV 9 Mar)
Director, Marie Louise Jones pays homage to her late father Hamish MacDonald. This retrospective of the celebrated Scottish artist will showcase work spanning across his long and varied career. The exhibition will include many of the landscapes for which MacDonald was so admired, with additional drawings and paintings from family and day-to-day life. This show will be accompanied by a limited edition hardback book on the artist's life and work.

14 April - 12 May
Neil Canning - Recent Work (PV 13 Apr)
Cornish-based abstract painter Neil Canning returns to LSG with another strikingly vivid and beautiful new body of work.

The Malabar Project

‘The Malabar Project' will use the Malabar estate - a residential estate on the edge of Truro - as inspiration for three artists (filmmaker Brett Harvey, photographer John Jacobs and visual artist Daryl Waller - all ex-Malabar residents), to spend a week creating and exhibiting original work in the Malabar Community Centre before transferring the work to an exhibition space at Truro Arts Company. The exhibition will form part of the festival launch event.

Pop up Art

Cosmic and Henry Orchard and Son collaborate on an art installation unlike any other! Look out for our pop up Graf Car on Lemon Quay during the festival. *include Henry Orchard logo

Guild of Ten

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