May Art, Events & Workshops

May at the Factory! 

We are open to the public every Thursday - Monday 10-5 with new exhibitions, artists in residence, events and workshops happening all the time....

Adopt a Stitch with Brenda Miller

Saturday 12th May 11am - 2pm

A workshop with artist in residence Brenda Miller to celebrate the heritage of Gansey Knitting Patterns and the women who knitted.

The Adopt a stitch workshop is free - there will be a charge for materials.

Hot drinks and refreshments available in our onsite vegan cafe!

Take a stitch for a walk to Truro!

Sunday 13th May 1.30pm 

Walk and knit with Brenda Miller (or just carry wool and needles if that's too much for you)

Meet Brenda 1.30pm at The Fish Factory for a walk to Penryn station to catch the train to Truro. From Truro station we will walk to Truro Wool for refreshments.

Bring wool and needles to knit on the way

This is part of a programme of short walks during the Brenda's residency based in and around Penryn.

Email: for more information

Vinyl Night - Sci-fi Edition

Monday 14th May 7-11pm

This month's theme is 'Science Fiction'. Come down to the Fish Factory for a night of Sci Fi freak outs. Bring up to five sci fi themed songs on vinyl, sign up for a slot on the board, sit back, have a beer and listen to the selections.
The board is sentient, the board has A.I., the board is... B.O.S.S

Stay Heavy.

Every Tuesday Evening!

Come along to the new Fish Factory Acoustic Music Night for players and friends of Folk and all other genres welcome.

From 7.30-10.30pm every Tuesday.

 Beverages will be available, entry is free and of course there will be the ubiquitous and mysterious ‘Melon Raffle’!

Contact Len for further info on

Virtual Reality Taster Sessions to support End Deportations

Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th May

20 mins Virtual Reality taster session provided by InterAnima at The Fish Factory for a minimum of £10 donation to the Stansted 15 crowd funder. If you would like more than 20 mins you can book more slots!

Make your pledge on the crowdfunder and then email to book your slot.

20min slots on
Weds 16th May 6 -9pm
Thursday 17th May 10am - 9pm

Artist in Residence - Melanie Manos

Until Saturday 19th May

Artist in residence Melanie Manos (USA) is spending her time in Cornwall exploring the local area, walking, biking and leaping into the void.

She will be documenting her explorations in the gallery and will be hosting a presentation at the end of her residency on Saturday 19th May.

Mental Health Awareness Week Event

Saturday 19th May 12-5pm

An afternoon of zine making, collage, poetry and more to raise awareness for Mental Health. This year the theme is stress, but don't stress about that- our main plan is to have some fun, share experiences and eat some cake.

Donations will be split between The Fish Factory ( we still need to finish building ourselves) and a local mental health charity.
Saturday 19th May 12-5pm

Crit Club

Sunday 20th May 3-5pm

We are starting a 'Crit Club' to be held once a month, on Sundays, in our cafe space.

It'll be an opportunity to talk about projects, artworks, exhibitions and works in progress with like-minded people and with the addition of coffee and cake.
We're aiming for a casual but professional approach and want it to be a friendly and constructive environment for feedback, discussion and critique.

You're welcome to come along to join in the discussion, sit and listen or present work to the group. If you do want to present work please let us know beforehand as we only have limited time each month.

Flea Boot

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 10-5

Join us once more 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.

Please contact asap if you are interested in selling. Stall fee of £10 for the weekend, £5 deposit required.

Writers Group

Monday 28th May 2-5pm

Learn how to write short reviews for the New Art Examiner. In a friendly, learning environment you can read your 250 word review to the editors and talk with them about your visual experience.

The New Art Examine has published short reviews from the Penzance Writers Group in 2017/18.

Now, with thanks to Fish Factory Arts, the editors are starting a similar writers group here in Penryn.

They will discuss the issues you raise, and the wider contemporary art scene, and hone your skills.
You could be published in the New Art Examiner and you will gain the confidence to pitch ideas to the editors and send out to other art magazines.

This group is free of charge and no booking is required.

Make Stuff Drink Stuff Workshops


Mini Zine Making - Wednesday 30th May 6.30-9pm

Join us for a classic MakeStuff/DrinkStuff session- Mini Zine making!

Learn how to make simple one page publications using a variety of paper folding and basic book binding techniques.

All materials provided but please do bring any text/photos/materials you would like to include in your one off publication.

£10 to include refreshments.

Collage - Saturday 2nd June 3-6pm

MakeStuff/DrinkStuff is a series of workshops that provide a chance to learn a new skill, eat cake and have a drink.

For this workshop you will learn about the history of collage in art, its place in contemporary art, and make your own collage pieces.

Tuition, materials, cake, hot drinks provided. BYO booze if you want!

Tickets £30 to include donation to The Fish Factory

Please book your ticket early as space is limited- Thank you!

A few things happening in the next couple of weeks....

Remember we are now open to the public every Thursday - Monday with new exhibitions, artists in residence, events and workshops happening all the time.

Since the move to our new home in Penryn we have continued to refurbish our new place and have been working hard to develop our facilities and activities. Our fundraising efforts are still under way and we need your support to stay open and improve our community space!
26-27th April

Lucy Renaud- A Piece of Us
An exhibition about two people exploring the nature of the human body in different circumstances. Bringing together contemporary and journalistic styles to create unique observations of what makes us human.

Private view 26th April 6pm
28th April-12th May

Artist in Residence Brenda Miller invites you to 'Adopt a Stitch and Take it for a walk' in a series of workshops at the Fish Factory. Brenda will be in residence for two weeks and is holding  workshops on the following dates:
April 28th
May 5th
May 12th
All workshops are bookable via Eventbrite
Tuesday evenings from 1st May

Come along to the new Fish Factory Acoustic Music Night for players and friends of Folk and all other genres welcome.

From 7.30-10.30pm every Tuesday starting on the May 1st.

 Beverages will be available, entry is free and of course there will be the ubiquitous and mysterious ‘Melon Raffle’!

Contact Len for further info on
Tristiam & Iseult
3rd - 7th May

“A group exhibition of our most recent works. Titled ‘Tristiam and Iseult’, inspired by the Cornish myth, this earth  presents a group of artists who moved to Cornwall, fell in love and never left. The hypnotic and dreamlike environment that is Falmouth, we present to you a snippet of our creative processes and a look at our last 3 years here. From painting to illustration to sculpture, expect a range of different works and see how we inspire each other.” 
COME TO THE PRIVATE VIEW ON MAY 3RD 8pm - 11pm. Vinyl mixing and beers. 
The exhibition will be open from the 3rd to the 7th from 10am - 5pm. 
Artists: Tom Shepherd Barron   Coco Corbisiero   Ellie Cotton   Manon Dowse   Tom Harwood   Ellie Hollis   Tatyana Isaac   Archie Leschallas   Will Lonsdale  Pete Nichols   Maya Ronchetti   Nick Sanderson   Ella Schlesinger   Fred Thomson   Molly Valentine   Tiff Wellington
Radical Music Evening 3
Friday 4th May 7pm - Late



Max the Cat
Chloe Bonfield - Owl of Athena
The Worm
Penny MacBeth

Mayday celebrations are happening inside the Fish Factory with a variety of wonderful musicians and Verdant beer.
May 25th

PART CHIMP of London
with support from: Mildred Maude 

London noise-rock monsters Part Chimp are set to play the Fish Factory Art Space in May! Returning from a near 8 year hiatus in 2017, London’s loudest band are bringing their primate rock to Cornwall. To make this something extra special Cornwall’s kraut inspired Mildred Maude will coming out of their cosmic cave in support of their vinyl only release of CPL I-III.

Tickets available:

On-line at SeeTickets
Physically at: The Fish Factory and Jam Records

For all enquiries email:

Remember our 100% vegan cafe now accepts card payments and we have wi-fi available to all our visitors (and studio holders). Come along and enjoy a drink while you work. We are open Thurs- Mon 10-5 with a wide range of cakes, brownies, cookies and more provided by Bookhouse Bakery.

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