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: