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

No Use For a Name - Photography Exhibition & Screening of Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic

Group Exhibition featuring photography by Matthew Hawkey, Jade Jackson, Ashley Bourne, Nazy Raouf, Rob Herron, Amy Romer and Jon Denham.

Join us for a mix of photography, zines and drinks.

Opening night at The Fish Factory Art Space on Thursday 26th May at 7pm until 11pm.

As an added bonus, we have also teamed up with Howl Film Club and on our closing night there is a screening of "Robert Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures". Tickets available for the film screening here -

The Cornwall Premier of Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures presented by Howl Coffee House at Fish Factory Art Space.

Thursday 2nd June 7pm

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial artist since his untimely death in 1989. A catalyst and an illuminator, but also a magnet for scandal, Robert Mapplethorpe had but one goal: to ‘make it’ as an artist and as an art celebrity. He could not have picked a better time: the Manhattan of Warhol’s Factory, Studio 54, and an era of unbridled hedonistic sexuality. His first solo exhibition in 1976 already unveils his subjects: flowers, portraits and nudes. Mapplethorpe quickly gains notoriety through his explicitly sexual photographs from the gay sadomasochistic scene as well as nude pictures of black men. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato were given unrestricted access to Mapplethorpe’s archives for their documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, in which this exceptional artist talks candidly about himself in recently discovered interviews. At the same time, the testimonials of friends, lovers, family members, celebrities and models help paint an intimate, yet critical picture of this complex key figure of 20th century photography

Tickets on sale now at SeeTickets.
For more details contact:
Lee - 0776828223


An enchanting multi-sensory pop up art and photography exhibition, inspired by the wonders of the coast. Through the visual of surreal and mysterious art pieces to the sound of haunting tales, come and see what mythical mysteries lie at the edge of our surroundings. 

Celebrate with us the importance of art based courses here at Falmouth University. 

Featuring, storytelling, poetry readings, art based workshops and performances from singer songwriter, all in order to raise money for the RNLI. 


Luke Burdge – 18.30
Saint Valentines – 19:00
Sean Joseph – 19.30
Georgie Biggin – 20:00
Patrick Gardiner – 20:30

Tickets £5
Under 12's go free, although any donations are welcomed

Use this discount code when buying tickets for children online via the link provided: nautical12


Flea Boot Sale 10th & 11th June 2016

Stalls available for £3 per pitch
- contact to book