Programme 2018


Gemma Swann - the featured artist for September

The exhibition is open Tues to Sat 10am to 2pm

Born in Cambridge in 1956.

Grew up in Scotland and went to school in St. Andrews.

B.A.(Hons) Fine Art (Painting) – Newcastle Polytechnic 1978-81.

Exhibited her still-life paintings extensively in and around Cambridge.

Member for over 20 years of Cambridge Drawing Society.

Botanical painting – since 1998 shown at R.H.S. shows –

- 'Characteristic Plants of Tresco Abbey Gardens' – silver-gilt medal 2001

- 'Old Cornish Apple Varieties' – silver-gilt medal 2006

- These paintings were shown at Trelissick Gardens in Cornwall for their 'Cornish Apple

Weekend' in September 2006, then they transferred to the Gallery at the gardens.

Member of Society of Floral Painters since 1998.

Exhibited with Society of Botanical Painters in London several times.

Taught Botanical Painting at Penzance Art School for several years from 2005.

With potter husband, John Swan, took over their own pottery and gallery in June 2006 - Pendeen

Pottery and Gallery, in Cornwall, was born.

With Gemma's artistic skills and John's pottery they have combined their talents to create

distinctive, lively and richly coloured pottery hoping that it will be used and enjoyed by all who buy it.

Ellen Visser

The featured artist for August is Ellen Visser

The exhibition is open Tues to Sat 10am to 2pm

Painting and drawing has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. After leaving school I was offered a place at East Sydney Art School, a five-year full time course covering all disciplines including sculpture and printmaking. On completion I gained Diploma in Fine Art and Design.

I taught art in Australia for two years, exhibited in Australia before travelling extensively, including overland from Australia to London accompanied by my guitar and paint set. I have worked in various disciplines including with young people and families and studied for an M.A. in Art Therapy in London.

I have always painted and drawn wherever I have been and have previously exhibited in various locations, including by the roadside in countries I have visited! I am currently a member of the Cow House Gallery in Perranuthnoe and have exhibited at Morvah School House Gallery.

My work is a response whatever environment I find myself in; I am a keen walker and when out and about always carry some paints and paper with me. My landscapes are all created out in the open (en Plein Air). I prefer the changing colours and atmosphere and to feel and see people and places in their element. The immediacy brings an aspect of surprise and challenge. I still find a blank sheet of paper or canvas a bit scary and wonder over the magic of creation.

Penzance Textile Embroidery Group Exhibition

July 3rd - 23rd
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 2pm

PenTEG was formed over 10 years ago by Sheila Brough, a lecturer at Penzance School of Art.  The informal group operates during school term times and is suitable for beginners and those wishing to add to their skills.


Art at St Mary’s, Penzance

Jackie Hichens  5th  - 26th June

I was born in St Ives and have spent all my life in the Lands End area of Cornwall. 

With no formal art training I have drawn and painted most of my life and being surrounded by wild seas and beautiful landscapes and the flora and fauna it supports gives me never ending inspiration for my paintings.  

Although I will tackle almost any subject flowers and birds are my passion and watercolour and inks my chosen medium.

I keep regular wildlife diaries and enjoy sharing my knowledge and teaching watercolour to others.

I have exhibited widely in Cornwall and my paintings have sold all over the world.

2018 Exhibitions.

Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery.                        15th – 27th April 2018

St. Marys Church, Penzance.                           5th   -  26th June 2018

Morvah Schoolhouse, joint exhibition.        13th – 26th October 2018

Pendeen pottery and Gallery                 Permanent exhibition