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Future of CACD

Please note that it is possible that the CACD web site will 'fall over' in the near future as the hosting company has been threatening to stop supporting the version of software that has been used to create the site. I will endeavour to keep it running as long as I can.

I now run the Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) purley as a hobby, and do not charge anyone. So if you have recieved such an email please delete it.

Thank you

Choughs Craft Shop

Lucy Reynolds' illustrated cards and prints are now stocked at Choughs in Lostwithiel.

Based at 32 Fore Street in Lostwithiel, Choughs houses a mix of hand-crafted goods, including ceramics, artwork and up-cycled furniture.

They're open 10.00 - 17.00 Monday to Saturday.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Visit Choughs Facebook page



New Etsy shop

Marine colouring pages on EtsyI've recently launched my first Etsy shop at

I'm just selling downloadable products there at the moment, including a marine printable colouring book, some 2018/19 greyhound calendars and planners plus a selection of pretty background papers for you to be creative with.

Please do visit and let me know what you think.

I'm also now selling the printed colouring books, acrylic pours and home printed note books at Treasure, a wonderful little craft and vintage shop in Penzance, along with a selction of home printed and original note books and some original acrylic pours.

Jayne -

Creative workshops at The Goosebarn Seworgan

A new intimate space hosting a series of collaborative creative workshops over the coming months at The Goosebarn, Seworgan. If you would like to host a workshop or are interested in natural dyes, print techniques, wool work, or finding out more you can find The Goosebarn on Facebook or meetup or please contact Alice Rollinson for more information.

Individual art and design portfolio and careers advice

At Aspire Arts in Falmouth, we offer individual art and design portfolio and careers advice. We envisage that you will bring your portfolio to us for this session, or send an online folder of your work.

The benefit of our individual Portfolio Advice is:
* We get you interview ready
* We enable you to feel organised and focussed
* We can help with diagnosing your specialist area
* We are highly experienced Art & Design Educators
Our Portfolio Advice session includes:
* One to One portfolio discussion.
* Discussion around the nature, content and focus of  your work. 
* Consideration of the art & design processes employed in work and how this relates to application(s). 
* Encouraging reflection upon working process and idea development as an important element in building
a folder.
* The most effective way to present a portfolio for an interview.

* Advice on creating a digital portfolio.
The importance of selecting and ordering work, to best show off your skills.
* Advice sheet.

What you will need to bring :
* Sketchbooks, drawings books and journals.  
* Course work including preparatory studies.
* Any other work that you have made in addition to coursework .
* 3D work if transportable, otherwise photographs. 
* Photography / film work. 
* Garments, Costume, Samples. 
* Drawings / evidence of observation & reflection.
* The questionnaire supplied by us.

1:1 Portfolio Session 1.5 hour £65.00
1:1 Portfolio / Individual Careers Advice Session 2 hours £85.00
 1:1 Portfolio/Individual Careers Advice Session 3 hours £125.00
. Follow up sessions available at £45.00 per hour.

Contact by email on or visit our web site for more information.


International export support and advice

The Department of International Trade, South West is curreuntly working with regional artists and creatives to ensure an international strategy and plan. 

This support includes workshops and 1:1 support from Intellectual property to Digital Advice and eCommerce advice. 

If you are looking to go onto a eMarketplace or selling on Etsy or other platforms and want to maximise international business then contact Dawn Musgrave for further information. 


Free entry to Penlee Gallery for local residents

A new scheme at Penlee House Gallery and Museum will extend free entry from Saturdays to throughout the week for local residents. The highly acclaimed gallery, which is owned and operated by Penzance Town Council, was nominated as the sixth best ‘hidden treasure’ in a national Sunday newspaper poll and has a world famous collection of paintings by the Newlyn School artists.

The Penzance Pass scheme is aimed at residents of Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole who already support the running of the gallery through payment of the local precept. Anyone living within this area can collect their free Penzance Pass card from Penlee House Gallery and Museum or the Town Clerk’s Offices on Alverton Street, providing they bring proof of their address with them. 

Director of Penlee Louise Connell says, ‘The galleries get very crowded on Saturdays, so this scheme gives local people the chance to visit for free during the week when it’s quieter, or just pop in for short visits whenever they like. We are hoping to see many more local people of all ages visiting Penlee as a result of the launch of the Penzance Pass.’

The standard entry price for visitors not qualifying for a Penzance Pass is £4.50 or £3.00 concessions, including 60 plus. Children under 18 are free.  Please note that Saturdays will no longer offer free admission for non-local residents. Visitors from outside the local area can still gain free admission if they join the Friends of Penlee House for an annual membership fee of £14 a year, or for £21 for two people living at the same address.










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Lucy Reynolds at Bodmin Visitor Centre

I’m happy to say that my work is now stocked at Bodmin Visitor Centre. You can find a mix of my illustration and photography there, including greeting cards, prints, postcards and bookmarks. You can also see samples f my art work on my web site at

Doddiscombsleigh Art Show update

As a new committee managing the 2019 Doddiscombsleigh Art Show in Devon, we have been gathering information about other charity art exhibitions in Devon. To bring us in line with our key competitors we have decided to drop our commission rate from 40% to 35%.

Due to this change, the deadline for signing up has been extended to 15th January 2019.

To express an interest to partake, please click on this link, remember it's free to sign up and only takes 2 minutes:

The Expression of Interest (EOI) is to be completed by artists who would like to be considered for the 2019 Doddiscombsleigh Art Show in Devon. The committee will select artists that satisfy a broad range of different mediums, styles, subject matters, varied selling prices as well as a mix of artists who have exhibited before and new artists. To complete this EOI process, artists also need to email 2 high-resolution jpegs of their work to

You should know that if accepted the entry fee is £55 and a deduction of 35% will be made from the selling price. This is, as a charity, how money is raised for the school.

The Doddiscombsleigh Art Show brings together a selection of the finest artists in the South West for an exhibition and sale of their works in the Teign Valley Community Hall, Exeter EX6 7NA. The 2017 (it's biannual) show averaged sales of £1,000 an hour. A profit £23,000 for the Doddiscombsleigh Primary School.

Get the form at you have till 15th January 2019 to show your interest.

Visit the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show Facebook page

Can you design?

Can you design Cornwall Business Awards trophy for 2019?

Local artists and creatives are invited to submit their designs for a new look trophy. Keeping its iconic shape, everything else is up for grabs including new colour, engraving and other embellishments, with the aim to adjust the design every year so winning businesses get a unique prize.

The winning entry will not only get to see their design on the most prestigious business awards in Cornwall, but also two free tickets to the awards to see the trophies in action and a promotional package worth up to £1500!

Now in their 14th year, the Awards are organised and delivered by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub which provides an independent and impartial service to help businesses grow through specialist support and training.

Entries for the design competition close on 11th January 2019 -



Crochet workshops and courses

Sharing the crochet love...

Kitty Clarke Crochet is running regular 'learn to crochet' workshops and courses this winter and spring 2019, in Truro and surrounding areas.

Crochet is easy to learn, and you can work at your own pace to create unique handmade items, with just a simple hook and some yarn. With so many different stitches and endless patterns, you can really develop and indulge your creative side.  

The ryhthm of working crochet stitches is relaxing.  It can help to clear your mind of clutter and encourage more focus on the present moment, helping you to feel calmer and mentally wind-down.

Kitty Clarke has been teaching beginners how to crochet for over five years, through workshops, one-to-one lessons and crochet club gatherings.

Check out our events calendar - more events coming soon for April and May 2019.


A Building for Arts and Craft in Truro

I recently paid a visit to Truro City Council offices to complain about the lack of a building in the town centre for all Arts, Craft and other societies to show their work.   I was told that they were thinking of making a building available on the outskirts of Truro.   I don't know how you feel but we need a building in the CENTRE of town on the ground floor with a really large footfall to show off the wonderful variety of art and crafts in Cornwall and where better to do this than in our Capital - Truro.

I know that buildings in the centre of town have really expensive rates and rent but surely Cornwall County Council could allow us ONE building for the people to show the wonderful work we create!!  

The memorial hall in Padstow is a hive of activity and it is difficult to get a reservation there but surely Truro could have one building run on that basis for the people and have low rates and rental to accommodate our art.

I was told that the more people who contacted them - the more notice would be taken of the situation so would like to ask those of you who see this as something worth fighting for to also spread the word and write to those in authority.

I have emailed the Truro Mayor, the Truro City Council and Cornwall County Council and all members of my art society.    I would be grateful if any of you could help.

Thank you

Pat Cunningham

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