The Lamorna Arts Festival 2009
In aid of Children’s Hospice South West
The natural beauty of the Lamorna valley
, with its trout stream tumbling down through woodland to an unspoilt cove has attracted artists and writers for generations. By the end of the nineteenth century it was the home of a remarkable colony of leading artists that, at its peak, had an international reputation that rivalled the famous Newlyn art colony a few miles to the east.
This creative inheritance was never completely lost and in the first decade of the 21st century Lamorna has undergone a quiet renaissance, with increasing numbers of professional artists, writers and craftspeople once again living and working here.
The Lamorna Arts Festival
gives everyone the chance to see for themselves just how vibrant the contemporary arts scene in Lamorna is, at the same time as helping to raise money for one of our most deserving causes - the Precious Lives campaign for a dedicated Children’s Hospice here in Cornwall.
There is no better way to appreciate the contemporary work being produced in Lamorna than to visit artists in the very place where their work is created. So the main event in our Festival is Open Studios.
Artists’ studios are dotted all along the sides of the valley, Like those of the original art colony, many have been drawn here, not only by a natural environment that is still wonderfully suited to the creative mind, but also by the equally natural desire to live and work amongst other creative people. Their diverse work ranges from painting, sculpture and ceramics, to mixed media, photography and letter carving. Some work in traditional styles, whilst others are exploring the outer boundaries of creativity. Amongst their number are some who have successfully exhibited in top galleries and sold their work internationally, and others who are relatively unknown outside of Cornwall and still trying to establish their reputations.
Alongside Open Studios
we have a wide programme of other events, including music, poetry, talks and walks to interest visitors and residents alike. The central point is Lamorna Village Hall where we have the fascinating ‘Renaissance’
exhibition, followed by the Lamorna Kerr Art Group exhibition. Additional free maps and catalogues can be collected from there during the festival, as well as in advance from a variety of outlets in the area, or you can telephone John Nash on 01736 810469. See also the Lamorna village website www.lamornalife.co.uk