Welcome to the Fish Factory winter newsletter. If you don’t already know us, here’s a little bit about what we do:
                We’ve transformed an old scallop processing factory in Falmouth into a place for artists, musicians and performers to use, with focus on studio space, exhibitions and events. We’ve been catering for a huge variety of brilliant people and showcasing their work for almost two years now, and our reputation as an important cultural hub is growing steadily. So whether you’re creatively inclined or just curious, come and get involved! Contact for more info.
We’re having our winter break now – The Fish Factory gallery is closed until March 16th 2013. This will give us a chance to develop the performance and rehearsal sections of the Factory and work on some exciting new happenings for the New Year.Thanks in advance for bearing with us! We’re hardly been winding down slowly, though – here’s a taste of what we’ve been up to recently:
The Contemporary Art Auction on 8th December was our first auction and very interesting indeed. A very eclectic host of artists turned up with over 150 works of art to adorn our walls for the private view and auction. The event itself provided a great opportunity for local collectors and enthusiasts to get their hands on the work of some of Cornwall’s up and coming artists and we very much hope to hold more auctions at the Fish Factory next year. Check out for a taster.
We put on an all day festival, Dance of Days Fest, in an attempt to entice summer back to Cornwall – here’s a review:
If you thought the festival season ended once September arrived, then you missed out on a day of artistic innovation at Falmouth’s very own Fish Factory. They brought the revelry inside in what must have been 2012’s most mudless festival. With almost 10 hours of live music and poetry, the number of performers came close to rivalling the healthy throng of punters in the cosy confines of the Factory’s gallery and performance space.
If the rain dampened anyone’s spirits as they ventured out towards Dance of Days, moods were lifted immediately on stepping into the Fish Factory, with its makeshift bar, stage and hot vegan food stall. The bands blew away any remaining damp shoe worries with uncompromising melodic noise. Rhoda warmed the crowd with a luscious and visceral brand of grunge rock, while Rash Decision obliterated the dismal British weather altogether with echoes of mid-70s New York.
When music wasn’t filling our ears, poetry kept us listening – ruminations on the philosophical benefits of Google and some unorthodox Christmas cheer came courtesy of Abi Wyatt, and Duncan Yates filled the stage with unrivalled energy.
This was a day of showcase not only for Fish Factory itself, but also for the kind of Cornish art that thrives independently of tourism. The Factory brought the entire mix of art that they support together in a single day, to reassure residents that entertainment in Cornwall isn’t restricted to the summer holidays. Even if events like this are fewer and further between in winter, they are still there to be found, and well worth seeking out. Dance of Days are a group who put on not for profit punk shows based in Falmouth/Truro – check out their Facebook page for news of up-coming shows.

We’ll be working on lots of exhibitions and events over Christmas and New Year, details of which will be here in the spring.
Meanwhile, all our studios will stay open through the winter and we’ll be working on renovating parts of the building to accommodate a new photography studio and our new performance/ rehearsal space, the Fish Tank.
As always, we’re looking for people to give us some of their time to help running the Fish Factory. We’d also love some handymen and women to help us with our renovations over the next few months – please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.
Many thanks for your support and interest in the Fish Factory. Keep an eye out here for updates, but in the meantime we hope you have a very merry Christmas and New Year – see you in 2013!


You are hereby invited to Cornwall Contemporary Art Auctions first Exhibition and Auction at the Fish Factory on the 7th and 8th of December. We have chosen the Fish Factory as the auction location because we feel it is helping to build a new artist community in Falmouth and gives great exposure to new and existing artists. The unique backdrop and the quirky history of the building is just the cherry on the top. Rose has kindly made space in the Fish Factory calendar for our Christmas auction.     

An idea came to mind of how to make the contemporary art of today more accessible by creating an outlet for artists to sell their artwork directly in a modern day auction. The auction will be drawing in a large crowd and have a nice friendly atmosphere. Our main aim is to give you the chance to view or buy a wide variety of artwork from current and emerging artists.   

We (Jenna Dunstan and Matthew Kemp) have chosen the Christmas period for our first auction as it's a great chance for individuals looking for those one-off unique Christmas gifts with a great chance for art buyers and gallery owners to have a look at some new talent.  I have publicised the event widely in the local press and have got in contact direct with them again to advertise in the auction sections of the major Cornish newspapers. 

How it works: 

There will also be a open view exhibition on the evening before the sale where all work will be set out in the quirky backdrop of an old converted scallop processing factory now aptly named - The Fish Factory. We will be hoping to promote and in turn give wider publicity to the Fish Factory art space. The following day from 10am people can come along and view the pieces and register to bid with the sale commencing at 1pm.  

So far we have nearly 110 lots (and counting) that will be going under the hammer and we will be bringing in local auctioneer Peter Kemp who has twenty-five years experience as an auctioneer to conduct the sale.

I hope this give you a brief overview of our idea and what we are looking to do.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact through any of the mediums below or please give me a ring and we can have a chat about it further. 

Telephone: Matt Kemp (Contemporary Art Auctions Cornwall) 07788240146

Find us on Facebook: Contemporary-Art-Auctions-Cornwall or Art-Auctions-Cornwall 

Exhibition/Open View: Friday 7th December @ 7pm

Auction Day: Saturday 8th December viewing from 10am onwards -Auction Starts  @1pm

Venue: Fish Factory Contemporary Art Space, Falmouth Wharves, North Parade Falmouth, TR11 2TF 

Below is a link to an article about the auction: 

Here is a link to the website of just some of the pieces to be auctioned:

And here is the Facebook page:



Big Words
Heathens Howl
Big Wave

& More

American Hardcore
We Jam Econo
Don't Need You; A Herstory of Riot Girl
Passions Just Like Mine

& More

Spoken Word:
Craig Taylor-Broad
Abi Wyatt
Duncan Yates
Chris Muierhead

& More

Arts and Crafts:
Anke Burley
Vino Sangre
Club Guillotine 
Fish Factory

& More

£7 for the day

For info email;


We now have a webshop where you can get the first edition of the 'Print Club' series - 'Just Bones' by Lee McIntyre. 'Print Club' is a bi-monthly collaboration between the Fish Factory and emerging local and international artists to provide a limited run of prints for affordable prices. Lots more art goodies on the way.


If you haven't been to the Fish Factory yet it's a multi-functional art space in Falmouth sat on the edge of the harbour in a former scallop processing factory. It has over 30 studio spaces where a wide range of artists are practising, two large exhibition/event spaces and a small shop/hangout area with free wifi. After a year and a half the Fish Factory is establishing itself as a serious alternative to Cornwall's stale seaside art scene, providing a forum for cutting edge, contemporary art from the area as well as attracting international exhibitors and residencies. We are open between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday and host a wide range of events and social clubs. The space is always changing and growing, and always open to new ideas so if you would like to get involved please do drop us an email on



There are now a whole range of open-plan studios to choose from in the Fish Factory and next door in Fish2 from £40 per month. If you are interested in hiring a studio get in touch via email or just come on down and ask for a tour.


The Fish Factory needs it's wonderful volunteers to keep open and keep growing! We have positions available for general assistants - helping with the day-to-day running, exhibition assistants - for occassional help hanging and organising shows, curatorial assistants - who will have direct input into specific events and exhibitions, and editorial assistants - to help in the production of the newsletter, press releases and other output. This is a great way to get that vital industry based experience for your CV, and to become involved in your local creative community.


From the Summer exhibition 'Maelstrom' to the screening of 'El Mar, Mi Alma' the beautiful Chilean surf film and the  regular music events and socials - it's been an awesome summer here at the Fish Factory. Here are some of our highlights:

MAELSTROM - our summer exhibition combined installation with photography and illustration in a swirl of chaotic imagery. An experiment in using the space to it's full potential. This show will be on display until 22nd September so come and check it out while you still can.


MARTIENS BEKKER & CAROLINE CLEAVES - scrap art and paintings, a visiting show in the FishTank showcasing two of Port Isaac's finest artists.

The PHANTOM WHISTLE - Zine launch and exhibition visiting from Stockholm, Sweden. Thanks to Ludvig for making the journey and being our very first artist-in-residence for a week!

Phantom Whistle

MUSIC AT THE FISH FACTORY - we've had some visitors from far and wide over this summer bringing us musical treats: Prawn & Joie De Vivre from the USA, , The Razorblades from Germany, Franz Nicolay from Brooklyn New York and local man about town Julian Gaskell to name a few!

EL MAR, MI ALMA - a stunning touring surf film from Stephen Jones, an Australian director about surfing in Chile, the country and the environment - just beautiful and one of our first film screenings.


September 26th - October 11th MARTIN HOWSE EXHIBITION
The award winning contemporary and conceptual artist, performer and programmer Martin Howse has approached the Fish Factory to host his first solo interactive art show entitled ‘Execution’ which has its private viewing from 7pm on Wednesday 26 September. Exploring the hidden side of technology; the impact of electromagnetic emissions and codes on an already damaged nature.

Martin Howse

£25 for the day - contact

20th October - 5th December  - MYSTERY SHOW
Pioneering new art from the South West and Beyond!

October 27th - HALLOWEEN PARTY
Falmouth's weirdest Halloween party - with cabaret stage, cheap bar and fancy dress. All are invited for this FREE party - check the website for more details.

November 10th - December 23rd ART FOR AMNESTY
Prints and originals for sale in aid of Amnesty International - some great art to check out for a good cause!

November 24th - DANCE OF DAYS FEST - all day music event:
Dance of Days Fest is an event with a difference. Taking place in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth on November 24th, it is a culmination of everything that Cornwall is renowned for and even more! With independent stalls of arts and crafts, clothing, vegan food stuffs as well as a stage for spoken word literature and another for ground breaking music, Dance of Days fest will be a highlight not only of Cornwall's creative and artistic talent but also our independence and an upsurge of a do-it-yourself aesthetic that has become increasingly more prevalent with our innovative youth. Tickets are limited - you can get yours online at

Every Tuesday we get together for a chinwag about art, biscuits and the price of fish. Come along between 5 & 7pm each week and bring your latest creations for an informal critique.


The swirling 

The Fish Factory's Summer Exhibition explores the heady, foamy heights of everyday life alongside the heaving, boiling passions of a creative frenzy. The melee which ensues when the stuff takes over and the art which gets spat out into the world. 

Opening Night 21st July from 7pm - All Welcome

Exhibition Open:
21st July - 22nd September Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

All are welcome to come and visit the Fish Factory over the summer to see the show and check out our new shop and studios.


The Current Exhibition at the Fish Factory - brought to you by 2nd Year Fine Art Students at UCF. You can now visit the show until 14th June or attend the private view on Thursday (7th) night.....


Prawn(Usa) -Topshelf Records

Prawn formed in Ridgewood, NJ in the summer of 2007. The band draws its influences from Indie-Emo and Post-Rock. The band has extensively toured the U.S., self released two EP’s and one tour demo. The band self-released their first full length "You Can Just Leave It All " in June 2011 and Topshelf Records will release it on vinyl later this year. Prawn plans on writing a new album before touring the UK and Europe in summer 2012.

Ape up!(Usa) - Count Your Lucky Stars Records

Ape up! come from boston and like to play music and have fun and play music and have fun.


£5 On The Door


Since opening in May 2011 The Fish Factory took no time at all in filling itself to the rafters with hard working local artists.

Throughout the past year it’s become apparent that there are a whole host of emerging artists in the Falmouth area who are seeking affordable, workable spaces in which to carry out their practice. Not wanting to let people down The Fish Factory is very proud to launch Fish2, an extension on the studios here at The Fish Factory. The unit will house 16 studios of various sizes starting from £50 per month.

To celebrate this new space we are throwing a party, a studio warming if you will and you are all invited. The dress code for the night will be ‘’too jazzy’’, so mismatched colours, clashing patterns and a touch of panache is a must. The evening will be a fun packed affair with live music, spoken word, barbeque, affordable bar, photo booth, studio opening and much more. For more information contact The Fish Factory on 07810036155 or email
Unit 15a, Falmouth Wharves, North Parade, Falmouth, TR11 2TF

The party starts at 6pm til late.


After two great exhibitions at the Fish Factory this Spring - 'Light Object Light' and 'The Human Beast - Wild Excursions in Illustrations' we felt the need to shake things up and strip things down to some raw art making. Both shows came off the walls on the 19th May and we decided to draw on the walls instead....!

Featured Artists were Jeremy Beswick, Diggy, Plymo, Lorna Johnson, Lee McIntyre, Josh Lines & Ed Griffith-Jones.

APRIL 2012


The Fish Factory re-opened it's rusty old doors for 2012 on March 10th with a private view and launch party. We introduced our new exhibition - Light Object Light and while closed for the winter Fish Factory also gained a new member of the team - the Epson LQ-2180. This blast from the past is a dot-matrix printer from the eighties which will be constantly printing monthly publications keeping you up to date on all the exhibitions, workshops, discussions, live music and more for each month.
The party was a great success with visitors coming from far and wide to check out the show and the Fish Factory's new look.
Fish Factory is now open to the public between 10am & 6pm Monday to Saturday and we are looking forward to a beautiful and explosively creative summer on the wharf - come and get involved!

Light Object Light Exhibition

Fish Factory New Shop


~ 10th March - 19th May

~ Light Object Light

The materiality of the image as object in contrast with the ephemeral, yet ever present digital condition. This first exhibition of 2012 at the Fish Factory Art Space explores and compares the use of both physical and digital image manipulation to express the artists' identity or agenda.



This Spring the Fish Factory is kick starting the year's exciting programme of workshops. These include life drawing, print making and creative photoshop. Keep up to date with the schedule by going to and joining our mailing list. To register an interest or if you are a workshop leader who would be interested in getting involved email us at

~~~ FISH CLUB - TUESDAYS 5-8pm ~~~

Free for all creative practitioners to drop in - a weekly get together to discuss and critique new and old work. A chance for feedback and friendly discussion with your peers.


~ 5th May - 19th May

~ The Human Beast - Wild Excursions in Illustration

Philipp Boettcher

The Human Beast is a new and upcoming bunch of young illustrators with a strong bond to cartoon culture, street wear and freaky children’s animation series. The exhibition is trying to unite a very interesting young wild horde of local Cornish illustrators who want to jazz up Cornwall big time. No more boring white wall exhibition spaces and no awful college restrictions; wild and pure and definitely not serious, that is what to expect. The exhibition will include illustrators like Plymo, drawing surreal and neo gothy fantasy tales -, Diggy, drawing and painting dreamy and fantasy inspired creatures from another world - or Max K, owner of the rising Cornish streetwear label Guillotine -

Max K

Diggy Smerdon


~ 19th May

Out with the Art, in with the Artists... Once the exhibitions have come down and the Factory reverts to it's natural warehouse state, we like to celebrate! There will be drawing walls, music, beer and plenty of space to get creative...

Get in touch!


8pm - Midnight


Since opening in May 2011 Fish Factory has become Cornwall's diamond in the rough art space, providing a forum for unique and exceptional art practice against a background of industrial chic with a stunning view of the ocean to boot! Fish Factory itself is an old scallop processing and packing factory on Falmouth Wharves, now brought back to life with a new direction. It is a truly unique experience, completely unlike any gallery or venue in Falmouth and surrounding areas. The space features gallery space, studios and space for rehearsals, workshops, talks...anything.

Having been closed for the wintery months we are re-opening our doors on March 10th with a new look, publication and big ideas about the year to come. All are welcome to join us in celebrating between 8pm and Midnight on the 10/03/2012 at Fish Factory, where you will be able to get a first glimpse of the new exhibition and sup on a pint of local beer.

Countdown to the re-launch with us at

~~~ THE OUTPUT ~~~

While closed, Fish Factory has gained a new member of the team - the Epson LQ-2180. This blast from the past is a dot-matrix printer from the eighties and will be constantly printing monthly publications keeping you up to date on all the exhibitions, workshops, discussions, live music and more for each month. The next OUTPUT will be the March edition and will be available at the launch on the 10/03/2012.

Epson LQ-2180


~ Studio space
Private rooms and open plan studio space for artists to rent by the month.

~ Contemporary art exhibitions
Our main gallery space hosts a regular programme of innovative, contemporary art by a range of artists.

~ The Fish Tank - Gallery space for hire and for invited guests.
This second gallery space is available to hire - please contact us if you would be interested in holding an exhibition or an event. It is also host to guest shows and friends of Fish Factory.

~ Workshop and Activities Space
We have plenty of room for all kinds of activities and rent space at very reasonable prices so if you would like to hold a workshop, class, rehearsal or social club get in touch!


~ In The Main Gallery:

10th March - 19th May
Light Object Light
The materiality of the image as object in contrast with the ephemeral, yet ever present digital condition. This first exhibition of 2012 at the Fish Factory Art Space explores and compares the use of both physical and digital image manipulation to express the artists' identity or agenda.

Light Object Light

Light Object Light

Displaced I

Displaced II

~ In The Fish Tank:
5th May - 19th May
The Human Beast: Wild Excursions in Illustration

Human Beasts

~ Weekly Socials - From 10th March:

TUESDAYS - Crafternoons 3-6pm
Tea, Snacks and a Rummage in our Crafty Treasure Chest for just £2 Entry. Come and create in an inspiring environment - share your skills and learn some new ones.

WEDNESDAYS - The Bun Fight 5-7pm
Free for all creative practitioners - a weekly get together to discuss and critique new and old work. A chance for feedback and friendly discussion with your peers. BYO BUNS!!

~ Workshops:
PhotoshopFactory - Sundays 1-4pm
These creative photoshop workshops are already up and running every Sunday. Only £15 for three hours. Email for more info and to book your place.

Life Drawing with Francesca Owen - Mon 12th & Mon 19th March 4-6pm.
Starting in March we will be holding regular life drawing classes in a cosy corner of the Fish Factory. Get in touch for more info.

More exhibitions, workshops and events to be announced on March 10th!