ABOUT US

Fish Factory Art Space has been open on Falmouth Wharves for six years since May 2011. We have 21 artist studios for rent,and a large open Gallery which hosts an eclectic range of international and local exhibitions. The gallery is available to hire and a Community Room/Event Space is also available to hire and hosts a wide range of art and community activities.


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.


Fish Factory Art Space was founded by Rose Hatcher in 2011 and this year celebrates 6 years of promoting, creating and staging arts projects on Falmouth Wharves 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), all the while housing twenty one studio spaces for working artists.

When Rose, her family and friends first took on this dilapidated, near derelict building 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.


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.



OTSAM
Of Traditional Song And Music
Old Fishermans Shelter, Exchequer Quay, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8AE 

OTSAM is a Penryn community based non funded volunteer project headed by Robert Burns as part of Fish Factory Art Space external arts projects. OTSAM has a national and international brief to record, video, archive and to give public and artist access to traditional folk songs and music, 
traditional blues, contemporary acoustic folk/blues, and singer/songwriters.
Cornwall Council have given us the use of a small, old empty building to record, video and create our archive in. It is currently being  
renovated. The work is taking a little longer than expected as initial costs were more than anticipated but we hope to be fully functional by the end of May 2017. However we will continue to make field recordings inside and outside of Cornwall as we did recently in the north and 
midlands. The old style traditional studio will also be made available, with our support, to local acoustic folk/blues artist/enthusiasts to create their own recordings free of charge.