Porthleven Arts Festival Times: Mermaid Day and Raft Race
Porthleven Arts Festival is back for its second year, starting today (Saturday) and running all week.
Created and run by Porthleven Arts Community, the festival this year includes a ‘meet the maker’ element, giving the public the chance to meet artists around Porthleven in their studio environment.
Among the attendees will be ceramicist Jake Boex, who will open the doors to his studio on The Gue to share his love of creating turned ceramics inspired by a life lived in and around the sea.
There’s also a chance to look inside Porthleven’s famous Bickford Smith Institute under the clock tower, where local writer and Porthleven siren Suzie Inman will be joined by different performers each day, starting with a two day installation by Maxine Greer who lives and works in Porthleven and has exhibited at numerous shows in the UK and overseas.
Maxine received the People’s Choice Award at the Peterborough Museum for her ‘Flock’, an installation of over 200 paper sparrows, which she will present at the Porthleven event.
Festival director Alec Short said: “There is a real community of artists in Porthleven that we don’t always see. We are creating a map which will allow visitors to create their own walking tour of Porthleven’s galleries and art-related businesses, as well as visit our local artists in their studios and the events taking place as part of the Festival .
The full schedule can be found at porthlevenartsfestival.com, where you sort what’s happening by event type or date. There are also maps to collect from locations around Porthleven, including the Dockyard Market.
The week of events will also feature exhibitions in surprising spaces, including Origins: The Porthleven Prize, in the Breageside Netloft. The Porthleven Prize offers students from the University of Bath Spa and Falmouth University the rare opportunity to work collaboratively and learn from each other, and produce work for a traveling exhibition of creative work, at looking for Porthleven’s inspiration.
After an initial residency with 20 students, five students from each university were chosen for a fully funded residency based in Porthleven, and this exhibition showcases their work.
There will also be a chance to see Porthleven’s new sculpture, Waiting for Fish by Holly Bendall. Read more: A new sculpture in Porthleven unveiled by the celebrity chef – and the man who inspired it
In the evening, a program of films in a pop-up cinema at the Netloft will include Into the Night, documenting the Penlee Lifeboat disaster, with a musical performance by Rosie Crow afterwards; Tin from the Miracle Theater, followed by a Q&A from director Bill Scott; and the surf film The Yin and the Yang by Gerry Lopez.
The evening musical program will also include concerts by soprano Evelyn Strasburger at St. Bartholomew’s Church and the return of local sea shanty favorites Bryher’s Boys.
And in the evening, the harbor will be lit up with a host of giant lanterns created by the Truro City of Lights team, including a large whale and a huge flying lady.
Businesses from across the city are also getting involved, with The Atlantic Inn showcasing art from locals and regulars, the Albatross Gallery showing an exhibition of paintings by watercolourist Sophie Penstone, tours of The Shoals brewery and many artistic activities, including a specially themed emerging artist. wall in shipyard market.
The Dockyard Market will also be the center of attention tomorrow (Sunday) morning for Mermaid Day, when a Mermaid Cave offers opportunities for storytelling, crafting and meeting a host of merfolk from Cornwall and the South West.
The Porthleven raft race will take place at 2.30pm, then at 5pm the mermaids will swim into the harbour.
The week will culminate with a special edition of local vintage clothing event Sundowner Vibes and Vintage Finds on Sunday, October 2, featuring upcycling and vintage workshops as well as plenty of sustainable shopping opportunities.
The event was made possible this year through a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.