Top Arts Events To Visit In Cornwall This Winter

If the rain, wind and cold aren’t convincing you enough to dive indoors, then the fabulous art, exciting gallery events and intriguing exhibitions in our winter round-up will.

 Interior of Cornwall Contemporary with Neil Pinkett's paintings

This winter sees a flurry of wonderful names landing in Cornwall. From Otobong Nkanga’s multidisciplinary practice at the Tate, to Kurt Jackson’s mesmerising depiction of the Helford River, take your pick and ink in some arty excursions to your diary for the winter season.

 The Weight of Scars (detail) 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels, New York. © Photo: MHKA



From Where I Stand is the first UK museum show of artist Otobong Nkanga, whose practice spans tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance.

The exhibition explores the politics of land and its relationship to the body, and histories of land acquisition and ownership. It will feature new works created especially for the Tate St Ives exhibition, including a wall painting and sculpture, alongside well known works such as The Weight of Scars 2015, Tsumeb Fragments 2015, and From Where I Stand 2015, as well as several paintings and photographs which will be shown publicly for the first time.

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WHEN 21 September 2019 – 5 January 2020

WHERE Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

£9.50 / Free entry for Members

colourful quilt from Katie Schwab



Signs of human activity and industry are becoming evident in even the most natural environments. The Eden Project, itself the transformation of a barren landscape into a haven for plant life and community, provides the perfect setting for an exhibition of works exploring our connection to Cornish landscapes; our human relationship with and impact on it.

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WHEN 2 November 2019 – 26 January 2020

WHERE Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG ,In the Core building

Entry included in normal Eden admission (from £26 per adult)

Kurt Jackson autumnal painting of Helford River 



In this breathtaking new body of work, leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson immerses himself – sometimes literally – in a tributary of the Helford River, an area of Atlantic temperate rainforests. A unique landscape of sessile oak woodlands meeting the tide that famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel Frenchman’s Creek. 

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WHEN 17 August 2019 – 22 February  2020

WHERE Jackson Foundation, North Row, St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7LB.

 Alfred Wallace painting of St Ives



Brave the elements and take to the wonderfully winding streets of St Ives for Tate Around Town. Discover how a small fishing town became an art capital of the world, and the story of the artists who called this special place home. Join the Tate’s tour guides for a 90-minute art-focused tour of St Ives.

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WHEN Every Tuesday at 11.00 – 12.30

WHERE Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

£5 per ticket 

Jane Askey soft pastel painting of Mousehole



Exhibitions at Cornwall Contemporary change monthly and present the very best of art in Cornwall and from out of the county. From Felicity Keefe’s brooding, starkly beautiful landscapes to Jane Askey’s exploration of colour, texture and light to evoke the character and mood of place, Cornwall Contemporary’s Winter Collection is well worth a visit, especially if you’re on the hunt for your next favourite Cornish artist.


WHEN 23 November 2019 – 31 January 2020

WHERE Cornwall Contemporary, 1 Parade Street, Queens Square, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU


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