News & Upcoming Events....

Welcome to the first Fish Factory Newsletter from our new space in Penryn!

We have been working hard on the ongoing refurbishments and setup of our cafe, shop and gallery. You can now visit our gallery and cafe between Thursday and Monday 10-5. The space is moving and changing all the time as improvements are made, new artists are visiting and exhibiting and our seating area and shop are taking shape. Come and be a part of this very exciting time! 
Mel of Bookhouse Bakery has been making some very tempting cakes and treats. Our coffee is from Crankhouse and we've got a wide range of teas on offer along with a filter coffee from Origin. 
Our gallery programme is in full swing already! So far we've hosted an exhibition featuring the highlights from the Thrown Gauntlet Festival and our current show is by resident Lily Waugh who makes amazing weavings inspired by the landscape.
The gallery is available to hire for exhibitions, workshops, photoshoots, meetings etc - if you've got an idea get in touch on
What's ON!

Current Exhibition:
Root to Rise
 - an exhibition by artist in residence Lily Waugh until 12th March

Textiles hand woven in collaboration with Cornish land and weather

An exhibition of hand woven textiles, tapestries and hand made looms made in meditation on the Cornish landscape and weather fronts. Lily Waugh is a hand weaver and multidisciplinary artist working and living in Penryn, Cornwall. Her work responds to and works with the colours and textures of Cornwall. She is also influenced by the ancient folklore, traditions and sacred sites across Cornwall, holding the ancestry in mind as she weaves her her way through her work.

Weaving, Witches & Women of Penryn
- Saturday 10th March 2-3pm

A Kemeneth 2017 production, Weaving Witches and Women of Penryn makes connections between two lesser known characters of Penryn recent history and present-day local women who engage in creative practices within their local Penryn community.

Violetta Thurstan was a weaver who spent the rest of her days in Penryn after setting up the 'Cornwall Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers' following her time as a nurse during WWI. Kate (the gull) Turner was a sea witch who sold wind to sailors from Penryn's pier. Local Penryn inhabitants weave their stories into their art, celebrating the past as well as present-day practices.

Rachael Jones will be showing her new film featuring weaving by artist in residence Lily Waugh and performance by Katie Etheridge. Following the film there will be time for a Q&A before 'catching the wind' and settling down to 'high tea'.


The Flea Boot Returns!
- 17th & 18th March 10-5

Join us for the glorious return of the Flea Boot!

Our gallery and cafe space will be home to sellers of vintage treasures and makers of unique products, come along and browse the stalls, drink a cup of tea and eat some delicious food.

DYSTOPIAOKE - manifest a manifesto
March 30th 8pm – late

Dystopiaoake; noun. a form of survival typically offered by bars and clubs in which people take in turns to stage unique representations of pre-recorded songs from popular culture.

Dystopiaoke marks a halfway point in the on-going research by Dr. Lee McIntyre into the rationale for Karaoke Inclusion Theory, a theory that seeks to prove the art forms validation for the inclusion in the remit of Beaux Arts (fine art).

The event will provide a platform to talk to explore the theory, a participatory performance and presentation of research materials.

Dress appropriately for the occasion (or don’t). To register to perform or find out more email or contact

Radical Music Evening 
- Friday 9th March from 8pm

A variety of lovely new music and reading to be shared at the Fish Factory including Annie E.E.L, The Worm and other secret guests. Come along with open ears and minds and have them blown!

There will be refreshments from our friends at Verdant Brewery.
WANK presents: An Introduction to feminist art histories 
- Saturday 10th March 4-5pm

Join us for an informal seminar about feminist art histories, lead by artist Delpha Hudson in celebration of International Women's Day.
Delpha will unravel some feminist art bollocks in what we hope will be the first of a regular series of seminars on the subject at The Fish Factory.

Join us from 3pm for afternoon tea and informal networking in our on- site cafe.
Vinyl Night - The Shapes Edition
Monday 12th March from 7pm

Bring your own records to play at Penryn's famous vinyl night - now at the Fish Factory! This month's theme is 'Shapes' - whether it's songs about shapes or shaped discs, come down early, get your name on the rectangular-board-boss, enjoy a beer or two and throw some shapes.
This is HIP the kids are all SQUARE
Cornwall Zine Library Fundraiser & Social Evening - Thursday 15th March from 6.30pm.

CZL is a zine library based in Falmouth, Cornwall established in 2017 and housed in The Fish Factory Art Space.
We love zines because we support the dissemination of ideas as a way of sharing, learning and building a culture of resistance. We support the belief that zines forge connections between people, nurture solidarity, community and mutual aid. Zines are the people who made the paper, ink and staples. Zines are the people who filled it, folded and stapled it.  

Come and peruse the collection, eat a meal with us and maybe even make a zine!
The Lone Kinsmen: a history of the OTT - Thursday 5th - Monday 9th April

The Lone Kinsmen: a history of the OTT is an archival exploration of a (possibly) fictitious cult that existed sometime in the past. The exact origins and timespan of the OTT are not known however in the short (or long) time that it was active awide variety of costumes, ephemera, ritual objects and other paraphernalia were amassed by Hector Nit (founder of the OTT) and Champy Bennet. Thanks to Hector Nit, and in conjunction with artist and curator Lally MacBeth, this collection will be on show for one last time before being packaged away into archival boxes and acid free tissue. Do not miss this final opportunity to witness the inner workings of one of the oddest cults in history.

The Lone Kinsmen: a history of the OTT was initially shown as part of Ancient Scent: Ireland, an exhibition that resulted from Ancient Scent collective’s residency in Ireland in April 2017. The residency followed in the footsteps of the artist, Ithell Colquhoun, and her book The Crying of the Wind: Ireland. The Ancient Scent spent just over a week exploring ancient sites, holy wells and bogs retiring in the evenings back to the infamous Ballycumber House.
We still need your help!!
We are so proud and thankful that we've made it this far - and it's all thanks to you - our generous, creative, energetic community! We now have a secure lease in a building which is much cleaner and safer and we have the chance to grow something very exciting!

Our original crowdfunder target was £20,000 - which would have paid for all the refurbishments needed along with the move. We made it to our reduced total of £10,000 just in the nick of time - it really was a rollercoaster and thanks again to everyone involved! This means that we have done all the refurbishments so far on a shoestring, and tested all our DIY skills to the limits!!

We now need your help to spread the word and use the space to it's potential - come and visit! Drink tea! Bring your creative projects, workshops, classes, ideas! We will be opening a small shop soon - let us know your favourite art materials so we can stock them!

If you would still like to donate towards our renovations you can still do so via paypal. Perhaps you missed the deadline on the crowdfunder or have only just heard of us and would like to help - click here!

Come and welcome the new Fish Factory Art Space to Penryn: Launch Party!

February 17th 2018- Day of Open Studios and Events// Evening of Art, Music, Food & Drink

In order to celebrate the move to our new premises in Penryn we have organised a day full of art, music, food and drink. Things will kick off at 10am when the brand new studio doors will be officially opened by The Penryn Mock Mayor.

Open Studios

Come and have a look around our new studios and meet some of the artists in residence. Our brand new coffee shop will be open and serving some amazing cakes and snacks from Bookhouse Bakery.

InterAnima CIC drop in
10am - 5pm
Open Plan Studio Space

These guys have moved into our open plan studio space and will be showcasing their project 'Re-Imagine Your Town' and their Virtual Reality and other tech which will soon be made available through the new Cornwall Media Studio.

Plastiktonez : Unknown Pleasures + Introduction
by sound artist Justin Wiggan (in residence 17th - 24th Feb)
2pm - 3pm

This series of 10 episodes presented by Wiggan will attempt to de-construct the resonating values of 10 influential records in the artist's life. A special reflective process of understanding the power of nostalgia, memory and influence, a phonic essay exploring Joy Division's debut long player.  In collaboration with Refold and writer Jamie Holman.

Live Demonstration and Q & A with Illustrator Chris Odgers - learn the technique of 'oiling back' using oil paints
3pm - 6pm

Working primarily in layered ink on paper, Chris Odgers' stunning draftsmanship can be seen in his range of books, published through his platform Sawhorse books, 'Fall', 'Mule' and 'Souvenir' followed by 'The Bone Yard Ballet'. As a freelancer, Chris has tackled everything from album covers, editorial work and graphic novels to large scale wall installations and commissions from private collectors. He has most recently illustrated the new Stephen King book of short stories 'Night Shift'.

Artist in Residence: Frida Go

Using installation, performance, casts of her paternal grandmother Kathleen’s sculptures, archive, moving images & sound Frida is asking: What forms are left us by our ancestors? What are we leaving the generations still to come? During Frida's residency, she will be working on a book she is completing as part of her MFA the End of the Earth, using research from boxes of archive material from her years as a full time researcher activist on frontlines of peace, ecology, economic and social justice.

Our celebrations will continue into the evening with a party from 6.30pm!

We'll have beer on tap from our friends at Verdant, a menu of delicious Mexican vegan treats from our in-house cafe, the wine will be flowing and we're going to have live music from: 

Evening Chorus Choir
The Worm

Happy New Year - We're on the move!

Thanks to the overwhelming success of our Crowdfunder we are now able to move to our new premises in Penryn!

We raised £10,252 thanks to donations and pledges from over 200 supporters- we really couldn't have done it without you and I can't thank everyone enough. I've been hard at work getting all the rewards delivered to people, and planning the big move to Penryn.

We've now given in our notice on the old Fish and have started the wheels turning. We will be all moved into our newly constructed studios by 5th February and will be announcing our public launch date very soon.

If anyone is around TODAY (Thursday 4th Jan) and can help carry some things we'll be starting at 10.30am - old fish - it's our first move day and any small amount of time you can spare will be very appreciated!

New keys for new Fish!

For those who would like and are able to help with the crazy amount of packing, shifting, building, planning, creating, painting etc etc I will be putting up details of some work days which you can get involved with very soon. 

We still have a few spaces left on some of the workshops that were offered as rewards in the Crowdfunder- you can sign up to them via Eventbrite. All the money from these will go towards the move and build of the new studios, so if you wanted to help but couldn't pledge during the Crowdfunder you can still support us and learn lino printing, pinhole camera making, bid writing or watch a live demo from painter and illustrator Chris Odgers.

Fish Factory Crowdfunder is LIVE - Please Act Now to Help Us Move to Our New Home!

The Fish Factory has to leave it's home at Falmouth Wharves. We need your help to secure a new long term space in Penryn.
The Fish Factory Art Space was established in May 2011 by Rose Hatcher to provide a much needed social and cultural hub for the local artistic community. With little experience, a big idea and a lot of help from friends we transformed an old fishy warehouse into a thriving gallery and artist studios. Since then it has changed and grown year by year to become an integral part of the Cornish art scene and an essential resource in the Falmouth/Penryn area.
The Fish Factory team are very active organisers and have been responsible for many arts projects over the past six years, not only on site but all around Cornwall. There have been over 100 exhibitions, 50+ concerts and yearly festivals including International Women’s Day and Black History Month (also including projects in St. Ives, Redruth, Truro, Penryn and Helston). Fish Factory partnerships maintain an international element, working regularly on exchanges with arts groups in Gdansk (Poland), Le Havre (France), Stöðvarfjörður (Iceland) and Berlin (Germany). 
"Over the last 6 years the Fish Factory's anarchic artist-led output and the space it has provided for experimentation, exhibition, and studios have made a unique and vital contribution to the local arts. We're excited by the possibilities of it's future in Penryn!" - Field Notes
After six years at Falmouth Wharves providing workspace, exhibition opportunities and community engagement for local and visiting artists, the Fish Factory Art Space has sadly outgrown the current vision for Falmouth Wharves.  But not to fear, we have now found a new and exciting premises to continue its important work.
The Fish Factory will leave its home at Falmouth Wharves this winter. We need your help to secure our new long term home on Commercial Road in Penryn. We have a grand vision to convert the new premises so we can continue to provide affordable studios and workspace for local artists and international visitors.  We’d also like to open a new shop, cafe and gallery for socially engaged and experimental artwork and events. 
We have found a space to move to which will have a fifteen year lease, disabled access, much improved transport links and is within the heart of the creative town of Penryn. We are crowdfunding for funds to cover the deposit, moving costs and refurbishment. Beyond these costs, our business plan is sustainable and embedded in community spirit and the enormous demand for what we provide in our local area.
The Fish Factory currently incorporates artist workspace with flexible and open project space, housing twenty-one working artist’s studios including a pottery kiln, a darkroom, a gallery, community room and event space. It brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life in a vibrant artistic community. Studio residents are local painters, illustrators, mixed media, installation artists, graduates, printers, potters, writers and more.

Flexible, affordable workspace makes 

amazing projects happen

We have worked very hard to build and grow the Fish Factory with no core funding but with a lot of good will and creative thinking. We believe strongly that an independent gallery and workspace can attract international artists, new ideas and provide a place where local emerging artists can thrive. We are now reaching out to our community to support us through this move. We have set up a Community Interest Company, Fish Factory Arts CIC, to formalise our commitment to our artists and audience.
Our remit is to support local artists and make space for community groups and experimental projects. We actively encourage diversity and inclusivity. We are interested in hearing marginalised voices and hidden histories. We intend to continue with the help of our splendid volunteers to provide an atmosphere of creative productivity into the next decade and beyond.
Thank you for your interest and support in The Fish Factory relocation project and we look forward to welcoming you soon to our new rejuvenated Fish Factory in Penryn, Cornwall.
"As an artist with social anxiety, moving to Cornwall and knowing I had to immerse myself in an alien arts scene was daunting but I need the arts to help me overcome anxieties. When I went to the Fish Factory, I instantly felt connected with people - it's not just a fantastic arts space, it's a supportive community. Thanks to this, I have been able to make opportunities for myself I didn't think possible - such as showing work at Tate St Ives and Newlyn Art Gallery. The new space will enable more grass-roots community activity thanks to plans such as a new cafe. Cornwall needs spaces like this so that people can come together for cultural and social fun." Matt Ashdown - Studio resident

What will the money be spent on?

- Deposit and first months rent
- Moving costs, searches etc (as this is a 15 year lease we need to make sure we have a secure tenure) 
-  Refurbishing the new building - adding partitions, paying an electrician and plumber, painting and decorating
- Checking and updating our equipment - projector and sound gear, photography studio and printing facilities
- A big van and help with moving all of our stuff






Workshops & Events in Our New Space:

Book in for a great time in the new Fish Factory - AND help us move!
Saturday 13th January - Lino Printing with Lee McIntyreLearn how to do basic lino printing - create your own prints on paper. All materials included. 
Saturday 27th January - Pinhole camera workshop with Stuart Robinson. Learn how to make and use your own pinhole camera in the new Fish Factory darkroom. All materials will be provided.
Saturday 3rd February - Collage workshop with Camilla StaceyCome and learn about the history and craft of collage with Camilla. A Saturday afternoon spent cutting, sticking, learning and chatting. Tea, cake and all materials included!
Saturday 17th February - Live Demonstration with Chris Odgers. Live Demonstration with Illustrator Chris Odgers - learn the technique of 'oiling back' using oil paints - watch Chris work plus Q&A

Watch a video of our very first exhibition in the old Fish Factory warehouse in 2011. We've come a long way and hope we can continue to bring exciting new art to Cornwall. It's all or nothing so please pledge now to SAVE THE FISH!


Fish Factory Art Space Seeks New Home

After six years at Falmouth Wharves providing workspace, exhibition opportunities and community engagement for local and visiting artists, the Fish Factory Art Space is now seeking new premises to continue its work. Founder and Director Rose Hatcher is launching an appeal to the local community of artists, musicians and residents of Falmouth to support the project in this transitional period.

Following the failure of controversial development plans for Falmouth Wharves, the site was purchased by local marine industrial company Keynvor MorLift (KML) and during the last year industrial works on the wharf have been increased, blocking public access to the creative businesses which have thrived there in the last 5 -10 years. Although there are still 21 artist studios at the Fish Factory (which occupies a large first floor unit on the wharves) it has become essential to move the gallery and event space to new premises as a matter of urgency.

KML offer the following quote, “We wish the Fish Factory the very best in relocation. We have supported the cultural enterprises at Falmouth Wharves but as the wharves continue their emphasis on commercial marine trades it’s the right thing for such a vibrant, public-facing art space to grow and develop in new and more suitable premises”.

Plans for a new Fish Factory are still in development but it is hoped that a more permanent home can be found by the end of the year. Rose Hatcher has guided the Fish Factory from its conception in May 2011 as an open access visual arts venue to its current incarnation as an integral part of the local cultural scene.

Currently Fish Factory houses twenty-one working artist’s studios including a pottery kiln, a darkroom, a gallery, community room and event space. Rose says of the present situation, “recent changes in ownership and direction to re-establish the area as a traditional marine based working wharf is something we totally support. However, this means that we now need to find a new home for the Fish Factory as art projects do not fit in with the new owner’s plans. We are now on a precarious month by month rental agreement that makes it almost impossible for us to plan long term projects”.

The Fish Factory team are very active organisers and have been responsible for many arts projects over the past six years, not only on site but around Cornwall. There have been over 100 exhibitions, 50+ concerts and yearly festivals including International Women’s Day and Black History Month (which also includes projects in St. Ives, Redruth, Truro, Penryn and Helston). Fish Factory partnerships also include an international element, working regularly with arts groups in Gdansk (Poland), Le Havre (France), Stöðvarfjörður (Iceland) and Berlin (Germany).

In the coming months, there will be fundraising activities, events and opportunities for artists. Founder Rose Hatcher urges interested parties to get in touch, “We’d love to hear from local creatives who feel they may have something to contribute to the new space. There’ll be opportunities for new people to get involved and plenty to see and do as we head into Autumn. To keep up to date please sign up to our email mailing list via our website ( or social media @fishfactoryarts”.