24 - 26 January
Stilettos on but nowhere to go? Start your social search with our curation of the best things happening near you this week.
Truro Cathedral ‘Cushion Concert’ (25 Jan)
Bring cushions and sit at the very front of the cathedral, where the cathedral choir’s boy choristers will introduce and sing a short programme of beautiful music. All welcome, aimed at children.
Film Screening: Lucian Freud – Self Portraits, The Poly, Falmouth (25 Jan)
Exhibition on Screen is the ground-breaking series of award-winning films that brings the world’s greatest exhibitions, artists and galleries to cinemas around the world. This film from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the exhibition displays more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself.
Scrub’n Spuds, Pentire Head, Near Polzeath (25 Jan)
Spend a few hours on the coast helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat and then join them for a jacket potato baked in the fire whilst you work. They’ll provide potatoes, cheese and beans. Booking essential.
Film Screening: North of the Sun, Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn (25 Jan)
This intriguing cold water surf film tells the story of two surfers who spent nine months of a cold, Norwegian winter in an isolated, uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean where they built somewhere to live out of driftwood and spent their days surfing. A heartwarming film accompanied by body warming bowls of soup, followed by a Q&A with Rob Thomson, founder of Odyssey Innovation, a volunteer group who use kayaks to remove ocean plastic from Cornish seas and beaches and then turn the plastics into useful items.
The Healing Light Festival, Heartlands, Redruth (25 & 26 Jan)
Nourish body and mind in this celebration showcasing Cornwall’s complementary therapists – includes holistic therapy workshops and sessions as well as stalls to buy crystals, jewellery, candles, skincare and more.
Big Garden Birdwatch, Lost Gardens of Heligan & Trelissik (25- 27 Jan)
Join in with the nationwide Big Garden Birdwatch at either The Lost Gardens of Heligan or Trelissik. Enjoy an hour with the birds whilst helping record numbers to give a great snapshot of how the UK’s garden birds are faring.
The second Secondhand Social at Juke Boxx in Bude is on Sunday following on from the success of the first last November, where you can buy all sorts of retro goodies including vinyl, books, jewellery, clothing, music/art/surf/skate memorabilia – that kind of shizzle. (If you’ve something to sell you can also get involved, with tables available for £10). (26 Jan)
New exhibitions opening
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (25 Jan – 3 May 2020)
The first extensive presentation of Naum Gabo‘s sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs to be held in the UK for over 30 years opens at the Tate St Ives.
The exhibition marks the centenary of the Realistic Manifesto 1920, a set of pioneering artistic principles launched in Moscow by Gabo and his brother Antoine Pevsner. The statement declared that authentically modern art should engage with and reflect the modern age.
Drawing primarily on the complementary collections of Gabo’s work held at Tate and the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany, it will focus on key themes in his work. See our review here.
A Sharp Pencil, Falmouth Art Gallery (25 Jan – 21 March 2020)
The super sharp pencil used by Falmouth-based artist Patrick Woodroffe is the inspiration behind this celebration of all forms of drawing. Patrick’s highly detailed drawings will be displayed alongside those by his friend, Peter Markey, who shared Patrick’s quirky sense of humour but developed his own distinctive drawing style. These works will be displayed alongside pencil masterpieces drawn from Falmouth’s collection and loaned by contemporary artists.