Arts and Music

ARTISTS

Barbara Hepworth created some of her most iconic sculptures in Cornwall
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Barbara Hepworth created some of her most iconic sculptures in Cornwall.

The wonderful landscape of Cornwall has been an inspiraton for many artists. The 1880s saw artists begin to settle in west Cornwall – known as the Newlyn School with work often depicting the seafaring communities. Many artists now work here with numerous galleries, including the Tate in St Ives. Falmouth Art College also attracts people from all over the world to use Cornwall for their creative inspiration.

THEATRE
In 1980 Kneehigh Theatre was formed by Mike Shepherd, a magical, international company creating anarchic and spirit lifting theatre with a rehearsal base at Gorran Haven and more recently a huge purpose built tent called the Asylum located near St Agnes.

MUSIC

There are many brass bands in Cornwall, illustration by Simon Riordan
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Brass bands are a feature at many of Cornwall’s festivals.

Cornwall has a strong celtic tradition of folk music and cornish dancing, and there has been a strong revival of late with Wadebridge holding an annual Cornwall Folk Festival each August. Cornwall is also famous for its male voice choirs and brass bands, many of which were formed in the 1800s as a leisure pursuit for its growing mining communities. Music Festivals of all kinds are held around the region too. Cornwall has a strong celtic tradition of folk music and cornish dancing, and there has been a strong revival of late with Wadebridge holding an annual Cornwall Folk Festival each August. Cornwall is also famous for its male voice choirs and brass bands, many of which were formed in the 1800s as a leisure pursuit for its growing mining communities.