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Mon 27 Jan - Sun 2 Feb

Stilettos on but nowhere to go? Start your social search with our curation of the best things happening near you this week.

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Big Garden Birdwatch, Lost Gardens of Heligan (ends 27 Jan)

It’s your last chance to join the RSPB for the Big Garden Birdwatch. Enjoy an hour watching and counting the birds whilst helping record numbers to give a great snapshot of how the UK’s garden birds are faring. Events are running at Heligan and Trelissik if you want to join in a bigger project.

Ocean – An Exhibition for Change, Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn (ends 1 Feb)

Also ending this week is an exhibition at new Newlyn gallery Jupiter which aims to raise awareness of the state of our ocean and provide positive solutions towards protecting our seas and marine wildlife. Featuring stark images from Adam Hopkison-Hill and photographer Ben Lecomte’s Vortex Swim through the world’s largest concentration of ocean plastic alongside work from local marine plastic artists Dan Lewis & Mini Beach Cleaner.

Albert Reuss, Truro Cathedral (ends 7 Feb)

Albert Reuss was a Jewish painter and sculpture born in Vienna who came to England in 1938 following Hitler’s annexation of Austria. With the help of Cornishman and Quaker John Sturge Stephens, Reuss escaped from Vienna to England staying in St Mawes to start with before moving to Mousehole in 1948 where he and Rosa established the ARRA Gallery.

Several provincial galleries hold Reuss’ work, most notably Newlyn Art Gallery, as do the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This exhibition forms part of the Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 display and event at Truro Cathedral – other events include a candle-lit vigil and evensong on 27 Jan.

New exhibitions

Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (25 Jan – 3 May 2020)

Construction: Stone with a Collar 1933, this version c.1936-7 Naum Gabo 1890-1977 | The Work of Naum Gabo © Nina & Graham Williams / Tate, 2019

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. If you’re thinking, Er, Naum who? then read 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.

Events & Workshops

Not As Nature Intended | An Evening With Environmental Activist, Rich Hardy, Finisterre Falmouth (30 Jan)

Rich Hardy, environmental activist will be joining Cornish brand Finisterre to talk about his campaigning for animals, people and the planet and share his special relationship with the ocean.

Music and theatre

Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight, Plymouth Pavilions (27 Jan)

With over one million singles sold worldwide, Kaiser Chiefs are an impressive indie-rock band, orginally from Leeds. Supported by global favourite Razorlight, one of the most successful bands of the mid-2000’s post-punk revival.

The Festival of Curious Puppetry (27th Jan – 14 March)

Offering 8 unique puppetry performances, 6 inspirational evenings of talks and an exhibition showcasing puppets from around the world, come and experience the magical world of puppetry. Expect a riot of exciting shows and events to inspire and engage people of all ages in puppetry in all its forms and fancies. From clothes peg to carved exquisiteness puppets tell us their stories and open worlds of visual possibility.

An evening with Jim Causley, The Acorn, Penzance (30 Jan)

Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene.

Sound of the Sirens, The Acorn, Penzance (31 Jan)

Westcountry folk-rock duo Sound of the Sirens (pictured above) play the Acorn on Friday evening. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.

Falmouth Soul Sensation Benefit Concert, The Acorn, Penzance (1 Feb)

Falmouth Soul Sensation return for the seventh year running for their annual benefit gig which this year is in aid of Cornwall Hugs Grenfell. The Falmouth Soul Sensation are Cornwall’s own 12-piece dance band, who have been playing the best of classic 60’s soul music for more than a decade.

Film screenings and festivals

Waves Film Festival, The Poly, Falmouth (31 Jan)

Surfer, photographer and filmmaker Mike Lacey is bringing back the first installation of Waves Film Festival’s incredible ocean-themed short films after a sell out screening in November 2019. Enjoy a collection of short films full of creativity and adventure, including inspirational tales of surfing, marine life and much more.

Food and drink

Rick Stein’s Charity Lunches, Padstow, Falmouth and Porthleven (23 Jan – 13 Feb)

Support The Fishermen’s Mission (Porthleven), Shelterbox (Falmouth) those affected by Australian bushfires (St Petrocs) and Cornwall Air Ambulance (the Seafood Restaurant) by choosing from a special 3-course menu, packed with Rick’s classic dishes, at Rick Stein’s restaurants – prices and deals vary from restaurant to restaurant so check before booking.

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