Blanchminster Room 2017


2nd December- 24th December  2017           Kate Toms

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A collection of work from Kate Toms, textile and mixed media artist.  Kate particularly likes to incorporate found objects within her pieces and uses a variety of techniques including collage, stitch and needle felting.  A published illustrator of many books for the very young, Kate loves to create characters, drawing inspiration from childhood memory, literature and the everyday.


21st January – 7th February  2017          

Budehaven Community School – ‘People and Places’


An exhibition showcasing works of excellence from the pupils of Budehaven Community School. Featuring outstandingly creative pieces by students from all year groups, employing a mixture of media to best illustrate their talents. All photography has been curated for presentation as one show in the Blanchminster Gallery.

9th February – 2nd March 2017     Stratton History Archive – an exhibition curated by Philip Jackson

 A veritable visual feast of artefacts from the Stratton History Archive relating to and celebrating the fascinating and varied history of Bude and the surrounding area.  Highlights will include the very rare first edition of the book ‘Chemical Science’, the only book written by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, alongside a Cornish indenture bearing the signature of the famous local historical figure, Sir Bevil Grenville and the rarely found impressive ‘Great Seal of the Grenvilles’.

4th March – 30th March  2017      Mazed North


Illustrations by Cornish artists and local schoolchildren from Mazed North, a new collection of old folktales from North Cornwall .Piskey mischief in mono prints, manga and more. Prepare to be aMazed. 

1st April – 27th April 2017              A Collaboration with Irene Jones – ‘Not of our Time II’


The second exhibition of a collaboration with Irene Jones, celebrating the diversity and excellence of 6 artists who live in or near Bude, but exhibit elsewhere.

Painters – John Bilsland, Kevin Hughes, Ric Hyde , Irene Jones , Jay Jones and sculptor of driftwood, Lynn Muir .

29th April – 18th May 2017              Three Cheers – Nicky May, Brian Wiles and Barbara Wallace


Three local artists with three distinctively different styles present a selection of their recent works


20th May – 8th June 2017              Hannah Stickney and Stuart Lamble


Hannah Stickney has developed a style which combines precision and fluidity. She explores the sea, surf and landscape around Bude, as well as having a fascination with capturing the beauty and character of flowers and wildlife. Stuart Lamble is inspired by nature and its vast library of shapes and forms. He utilises the manipulative qualities of wood, to design and create beautiful, unique pieces of lighting and furniture.

10th  June – 29th June 2017          Helen Shingler & Jan Dickerson  – ‘Two Aspects’



An exhibition of paintings by Jan Dickerson and Helen Shingler who paint in very different styles.  Jan painting in acrylics/oils takes inspiration from her surroundings, people, animals and wildlife. Helen shares her passion for watercolour and the written word by combining the two in her art.


1st July – 20th July 2017                 Karen Thomas – ‘A brush with Nature’


A new collection of paintings from contemporary local watercolourist Karen Thomas, celebrating the beauty of our natural world, be it landscape, coastscape or wildlife.


22nd July – 10th August 2017         

A Collaboration with Chris Edwards – ‘Look… then look again’

Chris Edwards, Elaine Nash, Clare Catt and Lianne Tancock share how they see and interpret the places and things that most fascinate them. They hope to engage visitors in fun activities that will challenge their ways of looking.


12thAugust– 31st August               2017     Ian Shalliker – A Natural Response’


Produced in his evocative, vibrant and moody style, often focussing on the effects of light, oil painter Ian exhibits a collection of local sea and landscapes with the occasional twist


2nd September – 21st September 2017    No Boundaries Textile Group


No Boundaries are a small textiles group who meet once a month to pursue their interest and passion. Their work develops from shared themes and is expressed through dying, printing, felting and embroidery.



23rd September- 12th October 2017          Launceston Area Art Group



The 25 society members from across Cornwall aim to maintain the highest standards in the medium showcasing its versatility from fine observation of life and landscape through to abstraction. There is no defined style.


14th October – 2nd November 2017         Dave King & Jonathan Wickers – ‘Continuing Journeys’



The paintings in this exhibition are a consequence of our ongoing commitment to abstraction.  It is a journey into the rich language of non-figurative art and offers rewarding opportunities for experimentation and innovation.

Each painting can be likened to a ‘stop off’ on a journey of discovery – a journey to an unknown destination.


4th November – 30th November 2017      Christian O’Reilly


Local furniture maker