ABOUT US

In early 2018 Fish Factory Art Space moved from it's home of nearly seven years on Falmouth Wharves to a new venue on Commercial Road in Penryn.


Origin Story:





Fish Factory Art Space was founded by Rose Hatcher in 2011, and this year celebrates 7 years of promoting, creating and staging arts projects both in the original venue on Falmouth Wharves, the new Penryn venue,  and around South Cornwall. Projects include art exchanges, exhibitions and collaborations with London, Gdansk (Pomerania, Poland), Le Havre (Normandy, France), Stöðvarfjörður (Iceland), Berlin (Germany) and Lorient (Brittany, France).

When Rose, her family and friends first took on the dilapidated, near derelict building on Falmouth Wharves it seemed like a crazy idea, not just because of the condition but also because of the abandoned freezers full of rotten fish! It took a giant stretch of imagination to see beyond this to what it represents today. With little funding but with a strong will to succeed, Fish Factory Arts have always punched above their weight and expanded their collective organisational expertise year on year with projects numbering well into three figures.

Falmouth Wharves provided a home for Fish Factory Art Space from May 2011- February 2018, prior to the move to new more accessible premises in Penryn. With  artist studios and a large open gallery hosting national and international events and exhibitions the Fish Factory has played an important part in the development of arts, music and community within Cornwall.


In 2013 Rose and her team were joined by Rob Burns from the Midlands; this collaboration led to an expansion of projects, with more diversity and further international growth.

Fish Factory Arts have been the prime organisers of the region’s ‘Black History Month’ since 2013. This includes exhibitions, seminars/lectures and a Blues, Jazz & Black roots Festival. We also organise the annual ‘International Woman’s Day’, including workshops, exhibitions, performances etc. We collaborated with the ‘Festival Inter Celtique de Lorient’ in 2015, exhibiting selected works from Cornish artists, part of the Ankemmyn Collective, under the banner ‘Celtic Myths & Legends Past and Present’. These works created such an impact that the exhibition was moved from the Fish Factory gallery to be exhibited in the Hall for Cornwall in Truro.

From it’s very first exhibition, to the recent ‘Associated Territories’ with four female artists from Gdansk, Fish Factory Arts have progressively pushed the boundaries of artistic interpretation in the South West region of the UK.



We have opportunities for people wishing to volunteer in the arts and can accommodate most ideas within our wide remit of SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS - particularly those working in contemporary art, experimental practice, and above all socially aware and charitable activities.