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Art in the City

Festival events throughout the city

Art in the City Events programme

Art in the City is Truros annual visual arts festival that draws together arts based businesses in Truro. It is brought to you by Totally Truro, the organisation delivering Truros 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.

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, contact 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

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...


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. Download the invitation here.

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


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.


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.


Keep your eye out for Artists in residence throughout the city such as Truro's Post Office and Library!

Guild of Ten - Art in the City

Royal Cornwall Museum - Art in the City

Truro Arts Company - Art in the City

Lemon Street Gallery

The Lander Gallery - Art in the City

Lane Gallery - Art in the City

Pydar Artist Studios - Art in the City

Hall for Cornwall - Art in the City

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