It’s not all wall-to-wall Christmas events – although there are plenty of those, natch – Cornwall’s creative, artistic and food scene has plenty to offer this December too. Get your diary out, this list will see you through the last four weeks of the decade in style.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Muddy favourite Kurt Jackson’s Frenchman’s Creek exhibition is still on at the Jackson Foundation in St Just. Jackson created these pieces around and sometimes in the Helford River (below). The place where the woodlands meet the tide famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel Frenchman’s Creek. The gallery is open 20 – 22 Dec, 26 – 31 Dec & 2- 4 Jan before closing again until February half term.
Far & Wild in Perranporth hosts their Winter Exhibition from 6 December, which includes sculptor John Maltby, who has created twelve new ceramic sculptures for the show, and mixed media artist Simon Pooley whose evocative works of Cornwall (below) bring together form and colour as a creative response to those ‘small internal voices which cry out for expression from time to time’. (6 Dec – 10 Jan)
If you’re looking for some Cornish art for your walls or just for a peaceful mooch, opening 26 Nov is Stillness at the Tregony Gallery, Truro (below). The exhibition takes its title from the diminishing light as we enter into the darkness of the long winter months, brightening up the gallery with modern British and contemporary art. (Until 14 Dec).
THEATRE, PANTO & CIRCUS
Oh No It Isn’t! by the Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre, The Old Library, Bodmin (until 22 Dec) is a moving play set in the dressing room of a moth-eaten, regional theatre and it’s the final performance. The actors playing the ugly sisters are the best of sisters onstage but the worst of friends off it. Backstage tensions threaten to boil over onstage. Will the egotism, one-up-manship and politics remain confined to the dressing room? Will the ugly sisters keep the professional professional and the personal personal? Not your usual panto, this has layers, and soul. We recommend.