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”.

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.