16-18 September 2016
Friday and Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm.
More than 90 specially selected designers will set up their displays throughout a maze of marquees, galleries and specially-curated areas at Trereife House, Penzance, from September 16-18.
It was eight years ago that the first dedicated design fair took place in the stately grounds of the 16th century Queen Anne manor house, when Hidden Art selected 65 renowned designer/makers to showcase their wares. Today, more than 3,500 visitors flock to enjoy the atmosphere and exhibits at one of the favourite events in the South West art calendar.
Cornwall Design Fair director Rob Lewis said:
“The exhibition strives to showcase the very best of Cornish design, as well as talent from the rest of the UK and further afield. Trereife House also gives visitors a chance to experience some local history as well as modern design.”
With everything from jewellery to ceramics, furniture and classic art, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the designers and shop for unique items.
As well as the exhibitors there will be a wide range of activities available, including, demonstrations and talks.
Furniture-maker Richard Buckingham will be showcasing his skills throughout the weekend, using European hardwoods and other natural materials inspired by Cornish surroundings.
For those with an interest in blacksmithing, James Kerr and Tristan Kessell will be running their own forges and demonstrating basic blacksmithing throughout the weekend.
Visitors can also join Cornwall College students and staff in a range of exciting workshops that will explore design elements, materials, techniques and processes. The workshops will focus on textiles, printmaking and bookbinding offering the joy of learning through making.
This year sees a whole colony of new artists and exhibitors using the Cornwall Design Fair to showcase their latest creations.
Aline Johnson brings her kiln formed glass chandeliers, wall lights, table lamps and tableware to Trereife while Gemma Lofthouse creates unique hand-printed textiles that are used to personally create beautiful interior products for the home.
Also sure turn heads are Bruce Aitken’s contemporary wooden mechanical clocks, painstakingly crafted from native hardwoods and featuring exposed working movements.
Children will also be well catered for with a series of creative workshops and activities.
As usual, there will be an eclectic range of performers providing entertainment at the design fair.
Charismatic local singer/songwriter Jonny English will be performing in the Courtyard Café throughout the weekend while storyteller John Brolly will enthral with his tales of mischief and mayhem for all ages. Multi-instrumentalist Jonathon X Coudrille, guitarist and vocalist Anthony Apple and percussionist Dangerous David Painter make up Gwelhellin who conjure up melodious music from jazz, gypsy, country and rock’n’roll.
The Guild of Ten, an esteemed co-operative venture by a group of craftsmen and women living and working in Cornwall, have an especially curated exhibition in Trereife House featuring work from across the creative industries that make up the guild.
Each room in this historic house will showcase one-off contemporary design craftwork, produced as a direct response to the history of the Le Grice family, and the stylish setting of this ancient manor house.
“It’s this conflation of the old and the new that makes the landscape of art and design in Cornwall so special, and the Cornwall Design Fair wants to share this with the world.”
So, whether you’re interested in design, Cornish culture, or just looking for a great family day out, the Cornwall Design Fair is a fantastic experience.
If you get hungry, there will also be a pop up restaurant and café selling local produce.
For more information please visit the Cornwall Design Fair Website.