New Satellite Project by Fish Factory Arts for Acoustic Musicians....


Of Traditional Song And Music

Old Fishermans Shelter, Exchequer Quay, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8AE

OTSAM is a Penryn community based non funded volunteer project headed by Robert Burns as part of Fish Factory Art Space external arts projects, with a national and international brief to record, video, archive and give public and artist access to traditional folk songs and music, traditional blues, contemporary acoustic folk/blues, and singer/songwriters.

Cornwall Council have given us the use of an small old empty building to record, video and create our archive in, which we have been renovating over the last year and the work has now been completed, but we hope to be fully functional after our special open day attended by Penryn Mayor Shelly Peters at 3pm Sunday 11th June 2017. Traditional musiciansMike and Tristran Kessel and friends will be there for our opening along with traditional bluesman Steve Mole, to entertain you. Robert Burns, Lee McIntyre and Rose Hatcher to explain in detail anything you need to know and listen to your input. Free food and drink will be available on the day.

We will of course still be making field recordings inside and outside of Cornwall as we did recently in the north and midlands. The old style traditional studio will also be made available with our support to local acoustic folk/blues artist/enthusiasts, to create their own recordings free of charge.

Our first in house project ‘Of Song’ is year long traditional song project for the internet. Our aim this year is to record and video 366 songs of ‘Social Conscience and the Working Classes’. These recordings will be uploaded to our web site and YouTube one per day froma selected relevant date. This project will include singers who love the folk music traditional styles, to sing a song or songs they know that fit into the category above, we will be working with many professional and semi-professional artists but would wish the main body of recordings to come from the streets and houses of ordinary folk, from the absolute amateur to people who have never considered themselves a singer.

For more info contact - Rob Burns - 07717 097157

Resolutions February Flea Boot

Time for new beginnings here at the Fish Factory. We are holding a Flea Market in our gallery space on the weekend of 4th/5th February 11-3 both days.
Clothes - Vintage - Furniture - Vinyl Records - Crafts - Artwork - Books etc all welcome.
Stalls available - contact

Flea Boots & Film Nights!

We're easing into the colder months with some long evenings spent in our cosy community room watching some epic B-Movies, mind-blowing documentaries and the monumental TWIN PEAKS!! This will be a weekly ritual of vegan deliciousness served with added retro cool.

Head on over to our facebook page to find out what's on!

Also announcing our annual Flea Boot season! We'll be holding three weekend art fair/bootsale/fleamarkets before Christmas. A few stalls are still available (email for more details) - a great place to pick up some second hand eco friendly super unique christmas presents while supping some soup and maybe even nibbling a cinnamon swirl!

Brave Adventurers Return from Iceland!

In July of 2016 seven brave explorers set off to visit uncharted Icelandic territory. Over two weeks they were witness to multiple waterfalls, numerous whales, and a pair of necropants. Their travels culminated in a week at Fish Factory Iceland where they learnt about the project and took part in a short residency.

Join us on Friday 30th September from 7pm to find out more about their trip and see some of the work produced. There'll be an informal presentation and food and drink.

Associated Territories Exhibition 15th September


Private View Thursday 15th Sept 6pm
Exhibition open 11-3. 16th Sept - 6th Oct Tues - Sat

Our exhibition presents the works of four female artists from the Tri-city, Pomerania, POLAND.

The Work consists of drawings, paintings and batiks. The subjects which interest us in our creativity are varied - these are our individual 'territories', which we are 'associating' in the framework of our common exhibitions and this is the potential of our informal group. We are not connected by the same slogans, ideas or beliefs, what associates us is the similar attitude to our work and the inner need for co-operation. This sort of attitude has created long lasting artistic friendships, common activity and common aims. All of us to a certain degree and meaning are leaders, but at the same time we want to share our work and be actively associating our individual territories.

Fish Factory Showcase & Art Market

The Fish Factory will be open all weekend for the public to come and take a look at artwork from our studio residents and friends of the space. We will also be hosting a colourful array of stalls featuring local artwork, art supplies, books, vintage and crafts. There'll be food and refreshments on offer too so well worth a visit! We now have 21 artist studios and mid summer is the perfect time to come and take a look around the space.

Five Years of Fish Factory!

Fish Factory Art Space on Falmouth Wharves will celebrate five years at the forefront of Falmouth's independent art scene with an open invitation party on 3rd June from 6pm. Expect lots of artwork, performances, games, food, drink and of course the famous melon raffle! Fish Factory founder and curator, Rose Hatcher will be presenting an archive of colourful happenings from years gone by and also some of the 'collection' of forgotten art and ephemera for your delectation and amusement.

The Fish Factory opened it's doors at the end of May 2011 as an independent gallery, artist studios and event space. In the five years since opening the space has become a haven for local emerging artists, student hopefuls and graduates looking to continue their practice in Cornwall. The artist studios have provided essential affordable work space while Rose’s open and accommodating attitude has enabled a diverse array of artists working in countless different forms and media to develop and exhibit their work.

Rose Hatcher has worked with many volunteers over the five years to create a vibrant space, with experimentation and inclusivity at it's core. “It's hard to believe we've made it this far, through all the challenges of running a DIY grassroots art space in a temporary premises. Massive thanks to the many people who have made it possible and who have joined in the strange and wonderful things which have happened here so far”. By championing the work of outsider artists working with topics such as art for social change, challenging gender stereotypes, global politics and alternative culture, the Fish Factory hopes to help propel Cornwall towards being an active participant in current contemporary practice while questioning how art and culture are produced and consumed in our society.

The Fish Factory has been host to a hugely diverse range of events over the years: stand up comedy, performance art, live music, food and drink. Meanwhile the gallery has exhibited work from both Cornish and international artists. Making links with other centres in the UK and inviting artists from overseas for residencies and exhibitions has been an important part of the Fish Factory's remit, something which Rose sees as vital for Cornwall's sometimes limited cultural perspective. The evening is part of a fundraising drive to raise money for a group of artists to visit Fish Factory Iceland – a strikingly similar project with the same name in the isolated East Fjords of Iceland run by Rosa Voltingojer. This could be the beginning of a regular exchange program and pave the way for at least another five years of Fish Factory arts!

All are welcome to join in the festivities on 3rd June from 6pm. For more info please visit