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Porthleven: A Glimpse of the Cornish Coast

This exhibition presents a collection of artistic responses to the historic harbour village of Porthleven which is situated on the southern coast of Cornwall.

After competing fiercely against other Oxford based student artists, Rob Branigan, Joseph Bransfield, Claire Davis and James Lomax, first year students at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, were selected to take part in a week-long artist’s residency in Porthleven. The residency, created by O3 Gallery and made possible by Porthleven Holiday Cottages, provided the students with an opportunity to work in a unique studio space – a redeveloped Lifeboat house.  This exhibition showcases the artwork that was made in response to the student’s visit to Porthleven.

Ensuring an exuberant mix of styles and interpretations, the students’ art is exhibited alongside work by artists local to Porthleven, presented by Porthleven’s leading art space, The Customs House Gallery. These works by Heather Howe, Susan Isaac, David Gray and Paul Wadsworth offer a more traditional artistic view of the location.

To coincide with this exhibition, Porthleven Holiday Cottages are offering members of the public the opportunity to work in the same studio that the students used during their residency. Porthleven’s Lifeboat Art Studio is now available for hire through their ‘Art Holidays’ package. Click HERE to download the ‘Art Holidays’ leaflet. For more information about Porthleven property hire in general please visit their website: