Welcome to the archive! Scroll down to see all of our events, installations and exhibitions that we have hosted at the Fish Factory since our move in February 2018. There's so much history here already. Check out our What's On page to find out what is happening soon!
Sonia Hensler/NakedMoon/KissingthePinkSonia Hensler, Nakedmoon & Kissing the Pink Exhibition
Mar 12 - Mar 16
Bringing you a collection of erotic illustrations, as an artistic collaboration between local artists Sonia Hensler of 'Lapunani', Shilly Nakedmoon and Kissing the Pink.
To celebrate the opening of this very sexy exhibition we bring you an incredible Nakedmoon Cabaret event on Saturday 14th march from 8pm! Get your tickets now
Fragile Earth20th Feb - 24th Feb
I make Stuff
The individual elements dictate the final sculptural form ....
I listen to what they tell me to do through their own language ....
A language of line, texture, colour and form ....
Individual parts tell me where they want to be - who they want to be friends with and who they hate to lie beside
These parts use a language that is common to both Jewellery and Sculpture
.... there is no difference
Life Drawing ExhibitionLife Drawing Exhibition
Feb 27 - Mar 2
An exhibition of studies from or life drawings done in peer assisted study sessions at Falmouth University. The work covers a variety of styles, mediums, years of study and courses, focusing on representational, clothed life drawing.
Martha Tilson& Femme De la Mer8 March 2020 from 19:00-23:30
This event is part of the International Women's Day programme at The Fish Factory. All money raised will go to West Cornwall Women's Aid
Mary Mowenara7 March 2020 from 14:00-16:00
Mary Mawonera is an immigrant from Zimbabwe who lost her family in Zimbabwe’s violence.
In this talk Mary will discuss how women can improve their self esteem and place in the world of powerful male domination, through her own difficulties as an immigrant and a women. This will be a forerunner to her 'Womens Conference' in early June (also at Fish Factory).
SwanSong/ SickAgain/ RooPescod/Swan Song/ Sick Again/ Roo Pescod/ Isolation
16 November 2019
Natural Scum & Sounds of the View presents a night for the punks and the weirdos.
CosmicDead/MildredMaude/Sail/FarOutThe Cosmic Dead + Mildred Maude, Sail, Far Out Freak Out Vol 2
November 15, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
Artist Multiples Fai9 November 2019 from 10:00-17:00
The Fish Factory will host it's first snappily titled 'Artist Prints, Books, Zines & Art Fair' on Saturday 9th November. (APBZAF for short) There will be a range of stall holders selling their artistic wares from zines, artists books, prints, multiples and other creative output.
Co;noise12 January 2020 from 14:00-16:00
Could you be the next Daphne Oram, Glenn Branca or John Cage? Come with friends and family to this FREE immersive concert on Sunday afternoon, and perform together at specially designed ‘noise stations’.
Viridian Ensemble25th January 2020
Viridian Ensemble are a group of women creating live audio visual artwork. Projecting 16mm film layered with an experimental score, this is a must experience for all of our analog film club goers, avant-garde music fans and dark feminine witchcraft gang alike!
THE EYELIDS1st February 2020
Cornish psychobilly scream queens bring their freaky horror inspired punk show to the Fish Factory.
Donald and the TrumpetsOctober 19, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Live reggae from Donald and the Trumpets as part of Black History Month at The Fish Factory
Fish Social: Super 8 NightOctober 17, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Super 8 Night with Stranger Collective.
In celebration of celluloid, Stranger Collective are taking over the Fish Factory for a night of film stock geekery.
Fresh from promoting his hugely successful 16mm-Bolex shot film Bait, filmmaker and director Mark Jenkin will be in conversation with digital editor of Little White Lies, Adam Woodward and Neil Fox, co-host and creator of popular film podcast The Cinematologists.
The Jackson Pollock (ITALY)The Jackson Pollock (ITALY)
October 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
So we won't bother you about how we met, what we eat, what are our favourite colours, other "famous" bands/people we know, what happens if you put mentos in a fuel tank; don't expect something polished, we make it RAW 'n' LOUD!
October 11th 2019 from 19:30-22:30
Live music from legendary post-punk band Blurt (Ted Milton) plus support at The Fish Factory, Penryn
The saxophonist Ted Milton coined the term 'punk jazz' in the 80's and his band Blurt is still one of the most thrilling and engaging around.Founded by poet/performance artist Ted Milton in 1979, unclassifiable trio Blurt were associated with Factory Records during 1980 before moving on to pastures new.
The Velvet HandsOctober 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM
The Velvet Hands "Stonesy swagger with guitar riffage reminiscent of The Strokes" GigSlutz
Stanley Duke and the Kindred Spirits
Hip Hop for Middle Aged PeopleHip Hop for Middle Aged People
September 21, 2019 at 8 PM – 11:30 PM
Moogie Wonderland presents...Hip Hop For Middle Aged People*
*All ages welcome
Curated evenings of classic underground hip-hop for those who like to party but also like a seat and a cup of tea. With deejays Earl Grey and Kid Brunch. From 8pm - way after your bedtime these days.
CRIT CLUBThursday Social: Crit Club
September 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 10 PM
An opportunity to talk about projects, exhibitions, artworks and works in progress with like-minded people.
Our cafe/bar will be open serving coffee, cake, beer and pizza!
A friendly and constructive environment for feedback, discussion and critique.
You're welcome to come along and join in the discussion, sit and listen or present work to the group.
Drop in- no need to stay all evening.
Is Bliss (CLUB AC30) + KaboliSeptember 12, 2019 at 8:30 PM – 11:30
Portsmouth based psych aficionados, Is Bliss, are pleased to announce the release of their highly anticipated debut album ‘Strange Communication’, released 7th June via Club AC30.
Having received critical acclaim for their first two EP’s; ‘Velvet Dreams’ and the follow-up ‘The Honeycomb Explosion’, the south coast trio have been busy in the studio and have created a no nonsense, full on, psych induced jewel.
Milf CitySeptember 18, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Milf City - New York anti-folk Live at the Fish Factory
Milf City is crossing the Atlantic and visiting us from New York City for an evening of Anti-folk brilliance!
Diamond Family ArchiveDiamond Family Archive
10th September 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
The Diamond Family Archive with Michael Clark
A blend of English lo-fi & psych-rock. The Diamond Family Archive are a unique multi-instrumentalist roving ensemble based around the guitar playing and songwriting of Laurence Collyer.
Olive Haigh/Frances Pylons/The WormAugust 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM
Tickets £5 OTD
The Worm is a one thing worm band - Pastoralist, cellist, avant gardener, storyteller, and medieval dickweed.
Is the musical project of multidisciplinary artist, C. F. Sherratt.
Olive Haigh is a narrative singer-songwriter who creates thoughtful imagery within her songs, performing on her autoharp.
Noise: Audio Fair10am – 5pm -
Aug 24 - Aug 25
NOISE is a specialist boot sale for people wanting to sell and buy noisy treasures like vintage record players, PA equipment, Vinyl, Instruments and all sorts of audio gubbins.
Tables available for £10 per day paid in advance, please email email@example.com to book
Sorbet Dramas Unofficial BoardmastersSorbet Drama - August 9th 17:00-23:00
BAD NEWS: Boardmasters 2019 has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings
GOOD NEWS: We're putting on a selection of Cornish artists who were due to play the festival at The Fish Factory. Also, SORBET DRAMAS is an anagram of BOARDMASTERS
£5 OTD / 5pm - 11pm / SORBET PROVIDED
Drink and Draw! A Fish SocialDRINK AND DRAW: A FISH SOCIAL
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6 PM – 10 PM
Join us for another Thursday Night Fish Social.
Coffee, cake, beer, pizza and an evening of drawing games for all.
Take part or just watch with a beer in your hand and a mouth full of pizza.
Our Thursday Night Fish Social programme offers a selection of free events for all in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink to buy from the cafe.
HANS LOHans Lo
July 29th- August 12th
Hans Lo is going to spend his residency making an album as an expansion on a project started in 2018 called ‘ Powder Makers’; whereby an audio and visual ‘scape’ was created by using field recordings, analogue synthesizers, spoken words and still imagery.
HirethKate Caie is our artist in residence from 8th-19th July. She has travelled from New Zealand to examine the idea of 'Hireth' a Cornish word for which there is no direct English translation. It describes an intangible feeling, a longing for the familiarity and comfort of a place.
Kate will be exhibiting work made during her residency, with an opening on Friday 19th July from 6.30pm.
Flea Boot13 - 14th July
10am – 5pm
Step away from your midsummer bonfires for long enough to join us for another Flea Boot!
We're celebrating the longest days with a weekend of Flea Booting and cake eating.
There are spaces for 8 stall holders per day. Please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org with details of what you will be selling and which date(s) you would like to sell.
Table fees are £10 per day, paid in advance.
Edible Art14 June 2019 from 19:00-23:00
Everybody likes to talk about art but have you ever tasted it?
This is the night to let your taste buds become an art critic.
Eat Art is a night of edible art
All money raised being donated to Mind (mental health charity)
7 - 9 Normal Art Viewing
9 till 11 we will sound a siren and start to eat the art off the walls.
DJs and Drinks all night
Prizes for the most delicious and best looking art will be awarded on the night.
Make stuff Drink stuffMakeStuff/DrinkStuff is a series of workshops that provide a chance to learn a new skill, eat cake and have a drink.
5th May 2019 - For this workshop you will learn about the history of collage in art, its place in contemporary art, and make your own collage pieces.
12th June - For this workshop you will learn about using your sewing machine, how to thread it and how to sew a simple draw string bag.
Vinyl Night Wheels Edition10th June 7pm - 11:30pm
This month's Vinyl Night is the 'Wheels' edition. Bring a selection of wheel based vinyl down to the Fish Factory, sign up on the board and play some vinyl for your fellow vinyl nighters.
The board is B.O.S.S, so keep an eye for your turn to 'spin'
Trappist Afterland and Friends7 June 2019 from 19:00-23:00
Australian acid/psych folkers Trappist Afterland visit The Fish Factory
The Diamond Family Archive
Australian acid/psych folkers, Trappist Afterland, are touring the UK in support of their new album 'Insects in Amber'. Available on LP through Sugarbush, CD through Reverb Worship and download.
Sightings of Morgawr Exhibition23rd May – 3rd June 2019
As part of Fal River Festival, In Cornish folklore, the Morgawr (meaning sea giant in Cornish) is a sea serpent that purportedly inhabits the sea near Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, England. A hoax, an undiscovered creature of the deep or a mythical being - you decide! Sightings of Morgawr is an exhibition full of work by all ages, using all materials, and in all styles. Including zines, writing, print, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, mixed media, drawing & collage
Slightly "Wilt" EP LaunchSlightly WILT EP Release and Celebration of Women –
1st June 7pm – 10pm
Creative and female empowering music from Slightly
With musical support from the beautiful
Charlotte Lloyd-Butler - music
We are graced with a stripped back set from this talented lady. With angelic vocals and gorgeous accompaniment, expect your soul to be soothed. Big things to come for this beauty.
FFO: Bon Iver Gabrielle Aplin Daughter
Sub Magazine Issue 2 Launch2 May 2019
For the release of ISSUE 2 of Sub Magazine there will be an event on at The Fish Factory in Penryn to celebrate.
The idea of this event is to celebrate the magazine but more so the people involved and for people to come along and enjoy an arty space.
There will be magazines on sale (£5) and an exclusive for all people who attend.
La Notte Delle Streghe4 May 2019 from 19:30-23:30
La Notte Delle Streghe are an Italian trio playing 12 string acoustic guitar, accordion and percussion.
Rebecca Weeks ExhibitionMay 3 - 6th 2019
Artist in residence Rebecca Weeks has spent her time here breaking away from her usual screenprint practice to work with monoprinting, linocut and painting. Inspired by subjects as wide ranging as the door of the Fish Factory, the mummified rat in Penryn museum and the Witchcraft museum at Boscastle, Rebecca has used her time here to fully explore the area. This exhibition will showcase some of her screenprints, matchbox books and work made during her residency.
The Feeling of Snow ExhibitionSaffron Cawley- The Feeling of Snow
25 April – 29 April
10am - 5pm
The feeling of snow is a photographic project exploring the relationship we have with snow, and how snow makes us feel, through the use of landscape and minimalist photography. Broken into two parts, one showing a disorganised chaotic view of the landscape. Showing the smaller finer details and textures, using form, line and shadows to construct the images.
Collectively FrigidSunday, 28 April 2019 from 19:00-23:00
Collectively Frigid present a celebration of women in punk with a screening of 'Here to be heard: the story of The Slits.’ Zines! Talks! Crafts! Vegan Food! Badge making! Tunes! Raffle! Pinata! Donation on the door.
Upstaged Qualifier No 2 122 Productions.29th April 2019
The second heat of the qualifying rounds of Upstaged.
Come and see
- Foundtainhead - Ballerina - Reni And The Bonglords - BlueIVORY
Battle head to head fort here chance to compete in our final @ the Princess Pavilions to win a place at The Great Estate Festival 2019!
Stanley Brinks and Freshcard LiveStanley Brinks and Freschard Live at the Fish Factory
Saturday, 27 April 2019 from 19:00-23:00
Stanley Brinks (Herman Dune) and Freschard live at The Fish Factory, Penryn.
The stunning musicians have worked across Paris, New York and Berlin
A Sunday Flea BootThe Fantabulous Fleaboot returns with a spring!
For April we will be holding a one day Flea Boot on Sunday 14th from 10-5.
Come and peruse the usual treasure with new stalls full of vintage clothes, vinyl records, handmade items, books and bric-a-bracalacka!
Our vegan cafe will be providing special treats and snacks to fuel your rummage!
Oscillation and HockeysmithOscillation and Hockeysmith
Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 20:00-23:30
Excited to announce The Oscillation will be bringing their fused mantra of Psychedelic, Krautrock, Spacerock and Techno to The Fish Factory. It will be a home coming to main man Demian Castellanos as he is originally from The Lizard.
Honest Feminist CollectiveBloody Good Period Party, a menstruation-themed night of art, workshops, talks, a raffle, poetry and live music on Friday 12th April 2019 to raise money for Bloody Good Period, a charity which aims to eliminate period poverty. Get tickets via link
12 April 2019 from 20:00-23:30 (followed by an exhibition until 19th)
Ian Stern Exhibitionclock
4 April – 7 April 2019
With a one off exhibition we will be celebrating the work of photographer and filmmaker Ian Stern. In association with Falmouth University Archives and Special Collections you will be able to see the different sides to Ian's work from the documentary to the abstract. There will also be the chance to see never before exhibited contact sheets and behind the scenes material that will give photographers and artists alike a valuable insight into Ian's working process.
Silt and SoilExhibition 21st March - 1st April 2019
A cross disciplinary collection of artworks in response to a human connection with land and sea.
Fleur Rampton, Leonie Sinden-David, Rhiannon Cottam, Anna Gruber.
Private View: Friday 22nd March 6.30pm
kruptosKruptos: An exhibition of new work by Mairead Dunne. A grotto is a natural or artificial cave containing a smaller chamber or cavern. The etymology of grotto is derived from the Greek word Kruptos, meaning secret or hidden. Working across miniature tableaus and site-specific installations KRUPTOS thematically brings together work in photography, sculpture, and video.
Vinyl Night Shaking Edition18 March 2019 from 19:00-23:30
This Month's edition of Vinyl Night is the 'Shakin' edition. Join Heavy Friends at the Fish Factory for a night of Tremblin' Quakin', Vibrations & Shaking, Rattling and Rolling. Bring along selection of songs (on vinyl) and play them yourself - starting with three, then two tracks each in rotation. Come down early, put your name down on the board and enjoy the delights of the Fish Factory Cafe and the tunes of your fellow vinyl nighters.
unhidden4 March 2019 from 18:30-21:00
UNHIDDEN - a showcase of work by 10 female Falmouth fine art Students.
Come along for a bevy and a chat, bring yer mates.
Refreshments served in house.
We look forward to seeing you there.
March Flea BootFirst Flea Boot of 2019
2nd & 3rd March
Join us to shop for art, vintage, books, stained glass, plants, macrame, clothing and much more! Our amazing vegan cafe will be open throughout and will be serving fantastic food made by Nicola from Pea Souk Vegetarian Cafe.
Anniversary PartyOn the 16th February 2019 it's our Psychedelic Flower Power Fish Factory Anniversary Party!
Join us to celebrate one year since we moved to our new space in Penryn. We've achieved so much in this year and had so many wild experiences. We've been helped along this crazy rocky road by so many of you wonderful people and to celebrate we are throwing this FREE party with music from our very own vinyl expert and psychedelic flower power fish Robert Burns.
7pm til Midnight!
Birthday Cream Tea(vegan of course!)Sunday 17th February 2019!
Join us for a birthday cream tea!
To celebrate our first birthday in our Penryn venue we are hosting a very civilised afternoon of cream teas and tiny sandwiches.
Scone, coconut cream and jam with tea: £5
Afternoon tea for two (on a fancy cake stand)- Scones w/jam +cream, 2 cakes, 2 sandwiches, pot of tea to share: £17
Please book your time slot in advance so we are able to cater for the right number. TICKETS HERE.
Internal GardenOn the 11th February 2019
you will never see plant life in the same way again! Sound Artist Justin Wiggan invites you to Internal Garden at the Fish Factory
With jazz musician Keith Mitchell, Justin Wiggan and a Plant
An evening of minimal plant wave jazz exploration
Conjunction: Experimental SoundConjunction Experimental Sound Event and Moogie Wonderland
Saturday 9th February 2019
This event aims to bring together artists interested in using sound and to learn about different techniques and methods of recording, creating and editing sound.
Click HERE for more information.
Palores, Internal Credit, Disco Rococo aPalores, Internal Credit, Disco Rococo
Join us on the 1st February for an evening of loud yet tuneful music at the Fish. PALORES. INTERNAL CREDIT and DISCO ROCOCO. PLUS DJ Big Vern. 1st Feb 2019. Doors at 8pm - First band about 8.30ish - Curfew at 12am. ENTRY: £4 on the door. Check Facebook for more details.
The Reading Room ExhibitionAt the Fish Factory, we recognise the importance of Black History - it is a global story which influences the entire world in the past, present and into the future.
Literature and art are the tools of freedom, expression, empathy and knowledge, which is why we have teamed up with Falmouth's favourite radical bookstore RUBICUND and the fantastically rich Cornwall Zine Library to bring you The Reading Room.
From the 29th October to the 3rd November.
The Uncomfortable ConversationWe will be joined by a panel of guest speakers and guided through some topics that we hope will be insightful and educational. We will also be going through some of the current language that is being used and offer definitions for some of the terms and expressions in use when people talk about race and racism. October 31st at 7pm.
Concerning Violence Film ScreeningOur first film is Concerning Violence and has been specially chosen to support Black History Month.
Concerning Violence | Dir Göran Hugo Olsson | 2014 | 90 mins | Documentary/Drama | 15
Concerning Violence is an archive-driven documentary covering the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the developing world, as well as an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Narrated by Ms Lauryn Hill.
Friendship Day25th & 27th December
The day is open to all:
Those who need company
Those who need a bite to eat in good company
Those who want something to smile about
Those who wish to play acoustic music
This is where friendships begin, stay all day, drink as many cups of tea/coffee as you like, read a book, watch a bit of telly, listen to some music
Celtic Wheel and Creativity21 December 2019 from 14:00-16:00
My classes explore the patterns, energies and qualities of the solar and lunar seasons through attention to the relationship between the natural, spiritual and cultural aspects of life.
Hum Choir/ MumbleTide/FrancesPylons10 December 2019 from 19:30-23:00
Penryn's own HUM Choir have emerged from Out of the Closet and are singing their first headline gig! Come and hear some new hums, world folk and ancient ditties.
Vinyl Night Deck of Cards Edition6th December 2019
Last Vinyl Night of the Year - See you in 2020. Stay Heavy!
Malkah Landau:Wildy Earthly Delights5th to 9th December
A mixed media exhibition of work from Malkah Landau-Wildy.
Earthly Delights includes screenprints, small sculptures, animation and performance.
Malkah will be performing on Wednesday 4th December at 7pm and on Monday 9th December during the day.
Jolly Jellyfish6 November 2019 from 19:00-21:00
Find out more about Jellyfish and how their numbers are likely to be affected by climate change.
Brigid Mae PowerBrigid Mae Power (IRE)
November 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Brigid Mae Power (IRE) at The Fish Factory, Penryn
Brigid is an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, like Judee Sill, Micky Newburyor Linda Perhacs before her, paints her songs in dreamily expansive strokes, transporting earthly compositions into universal and exultant realms.
ALGORAVENovember 1, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM
Algorithmic Art Season 2019 - Algorave
Norah Lorway is a pioneer of the fast growing Algorave scene, where music is created directly by code - code that is written live as a performance. The music is not just being performed live, it is also being composed live too!
Howie Reeve and Leonore BoulangerOctober 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM
Howie Reeve and Leonore Boulanger - Avant Folk at the Fish
Howie Reeve is a unique and singular figure in the British underground. Since 2012 he has been performing solo delivering a fragmented and dexterous music that takes in post-punk, avant-folk.
Léonore Boulanger studied drama, experimental jazz improvisation and Persian music in Paris.
CARN-EVILCarnEvil - The Contortionary Tales Album Launch
For one night only, the Circus is in town...
Friends, family, local folk, two-headed tourists just passing through, you are are invited to celebrate the release of The Roustabouts Collective's very first album 'Contortionary Tales' at The Fish Factory on Saturday 26th October.
VINYL NIGHT: HalloweenVINYL NIGHT – HALLOWEEN
October 24, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
This month's theme is 'Halloween'. Search through your records for songs about ghosts and ghouls and all things spooky. There are no restrictions on genre - that's what makes Vinyl Night. Spooky Soul, Ghoulish Grime, Haunting Hip Hop, Magickal Metal, all are welcome. Bring your selections along to the fish factory, sign up on the board to secure your slot and grab a beer or coffee.
Hat SwapOctober 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Fish Factory Arts Space in Penryn are giving you an opportunity to swap any unwanted headwear for something fresh at their first 'Hats Amazing!' hat swap event on Tuesday 22nd October. Among the supply to trade from are such classics as berets, beanies and baseball caps but the stockpile will evolve as trades happen during the evening.
BITCHES WHO BUY 2 MUCHSunday, October 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
B*tches Who Buy Too Much Second Hand Clothing Sale - Penryn
Offering you a chance to not only sneak a peak into the wardrobes of the fashionable gals on the south coast, but to bag some incredible bargains!
Stop talking about bloody bamboo straws and reusable bottles and come and tackle one of the other leading causes of climate change - FASHION - by buying second hand!
Cash or bank transfer/paypal
SCHOOL DISCO & SPECIAL GUESTS21st February
School Disco & SKiNNY MiLK & FacePaint at the Fish Factory
SCHOOL DISCO & SPECIAL GUESTS
FRI 21ST FEB - FISH FACTORY, PENRYN - DOORS @ 1930
Simple Pleasures in Life Exhibition10th February
Evening Opening on Friday 7th Feb from 6-9pm - Everyone Welcome! Come early for a drink on the house - the bar will be open for hot drinks and beers.
This collaborative exhibition, held and organised by Falmouth University students contributes work based on ‘’the simple pleasures in life’’. The purpose is to celebrate and appreciate the simplicity of the normal every day, whilst also showcasing talent amongst local artists.
Resemblances29th Jan - 3rd Feb
Poetry and art exhibition and collaboration between Charlotte Hampshaw and Esme Lansdowne. With an immersive and ethereal installation combined with a live spoken word performance.
Yoonjung KimYoonjung Kim - Penryn Activity
Opening Night: October 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
During a residency in Austria in 2016 Yoonjung visited the Natural History Museum in Vienna and became fascinated by mineral samples - how their crystalline internal geometries formed determining their physical properties in a way that felt fundamental to understanding time and process. Using minerals lead to an interest in geology and deep time, and its relationship with human activity.
Flea BootOctober 5, 2019 at 10 AM – 4:30 PM
A one-day Flea Boot Saleto kick off Autumn!
Vintage / Clothes / Art / Music / Stuff!
Cafe open all day for lunch, snacks, cake and coffee.
10am - 4.30pm
Spaces cost £10 and must be paid in advance. Email email@example.com for more info.
Book Launch- Charles CausleyBook Launch- Charles Causley A Portrait of The Poet
October 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
The book has been designed and illustrated by Irene Vidal Cal, whose residency at the poet’s former home, ‘Cyprus Well’ in Launceston, inspired the drawings of many of Causley’s most beloved objects within the house which form a visually poetic backdrop to the text.
Blood on SnowWednesday 26th September - 28th September
Andrew McPhail is a Canadian visual artist. He is visiting us on a residency and currently exhibiting his installation "Blood on Snow" which combines accumulative, craft oriented practice with ephemeral, disposable materials such as band aids, Kleenex and post-its to create epic, monumental sculptures and performances.
Vinyl Night: WeatherSeptember 26, 2019 at 7 AM – 11:30 AM
We're back! On a new night. Thursdays are the new Vinyl Nights.
This month's vinyl night is the 'Weather' edition. Come down to the Fish Factory with a 'weather' themed selection from your vinyl collection and play for your fellow vinyl nighters, have a beer from the cafe and enjoy the weathery tunes.
The board is still B.O.S.S so be sure to write your name on the board when you arrive to secure your spot.
Emilio AytoSaturday, 28 September 2019 from 19:30-22:00
Emilio Ayto is a guitarist based in Falmouth, Cornwall. His repertoire combines classical guitar with film soundtracks and alternative rock music, displayed in both original music and re-arrangements. He uses effects pedals and extended guitar techniques to create a sound that is both innovative and unique.
Support TBA. Tickets £7 on the door.
Dangerous pockets projectDangerous Pockets Project- A community art collaboration lead by Paula MacGregor.
A travelling art exhibition inspired by a poem.
Someone clever once said
Women were not allowed pockets
In case they carried leaflets
To spread sedition
Which means unrest
To you and me
A grandiose word
For common sense
So ladies, start sewing Dangerous coats
Made of pockets & sedition
by Sharon Owens
Dopethrone (CAN) Gurt, MonolithanDopethrone (CAN) Gurt, Monolithan. SDM's Far Out Freak Out Vol 1
August 30, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM
Southern Desolation Music's Far Out Freak Out Volume 1
A foul Canadian mix of yellow snow, crackhead diarrhea, blood, tears and broken dreams.
The drums are thunderous, the vocals demonic and the guitars down-tuned, down-tempo and down-right sexy. This is not doom, this is not sludge.
Two piece blackened doom who seek only to destroy ears.
The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariThursday, August 29, 2019 at 6 PM – 10 PM
Join us for a FREE screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari- a classic 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.
We are showing The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as part of our new Fish Social event programme - join us every Thursday from 6-10pm for coffee, cake, pizza and beer.
Sophie Sherwood/Lara PlavčakThis exhibition showcases some of the photographic work Sophie Sherwood made during her time here, using sea water and seaweed gathered from beaches she visited around Cornwall.
Also on display are a selection of artist zines from DobraVaga gallery in Ljubljana that Lara has chosen to share.
Lara has been compiling a zine whilst on residency here- for more details please visit the link below.
Dialogues from Earth InterviewJuly 2019
Dialogues from Earth is an open themed photography exhibition curated by James Meredew and Jon Denham.
Follow the link for the interview.
The photographers involved will be exhibiting new bodies of work as well as new books and zines.
Painting with Chemicals workshopSaturday, 20 July 2019 from 14:00-17:00
During the workshop, you will learn how to create your own chemigrams using the traditional darkroom at the Fish Factory.Please note that children should be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided, but make sure to bring an apron along. Sophie Sherwood is visiting artist in residence from Bristol.
Make Cornwall Launch PartyMake Cornwall Launch Party
Book launch party
Tuesday 9th July, 6-9pm
A celebration of contemporary craftspeople from the South West
* Free glass of bubbly * pay bar * snacks
Come and celebrate the launch of our new hardback book featuring 25 makers from around Cornwall. All welcome!
Copies of the book will be on sale on the night at a special discount price of £20
BrexitFest ExhibitionBrexitfest 2.0
20th June - 24th June
Another chance to see the work submitted as part of the Lyin' Politicians Festival.
Artists were asked to send up to 2 jpgs of their work on the theme of Brexit which were printed out and displayed during the weekend Brexit was originally due to happen (March 29-31st).
The 2 entries judged the best from the applicants will be given a full exhibition of their work.
Norma Foulds17th June – 30th June
Norma Foulds is one of our artists in residence for 2019.
Throughout her work she uses found objects, such as pebbles, collected from the coastline near where she lives. These explorations of the coastline have developed into the project “Coastal Footings”. The residency at Fish Factory is a continuation of this project, and will enable her to compare and contrast her experience of the Lancashire coastline with that of Cornwall.
Moogie WonderlandMoogie Wonderland
21 June 2019 from 20:00-01:00
Moogie Wonderland's indiepop clubnight & human Scrabble party
£3 entry OTD
We'll be going wordplay nuts in this funundrum of sound and vision, and you can be the SCRABBLE™ piece you've always wanted to be. This will all be to the to the sounds of funky library music, French pop, twee indiepop, Tropicalia and upbeat soul. Moogie Wonderland is looking for people to get involved in making giant SCRABBLE™ pieces so please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal GardenInternal garden with Ava the Nostalgic Plant
12th June – 7pm – 11:30pm – PLANT WAVE RAVE (electronic concert)
15th June – 11am – 5pm – PLANT MASSAGES (haptic massage with plant)
16th June – 4pm – 9pm – PLANT CINEMA (film screening of “Silent Running” Certificate U) 2pm. At 6:30pm – 9pm Plant Life Drawing
18th June – 11am – 4pm- Open Studio
Sound artist Justin Wiggan invites you to " Internal Garden Occupation " a six-day open residency.
Alber JupiterTuesday, 18 June 2019 at 19:00
Psychedelic kraut/post-rock from Rennes. One bass, one drum.. with a lot of delays, reverbs and other loops, the duet frees itself from any genre restrictions to weave sometimes dark atmospheres, often spacey, always psychedelic. Presenting their debut album!
Support from Flowers Of Palo - Indie-alt rock band from Cornwall
Rachael House TalkingWednesday 5th June 7pm – 9pm
Rachael House Talking Art/ Comics/ Queerness/ Zines/ Cats/ Ceramics
Join us as we welcome our first artist for this year's Cornwall Zine Library residency.
Rachael House is an artist who makes events, objects, performances, drawings and zines, and she thinks they are all the same.
Her autobio queerzine, ‘Red Hanky Panky’, first appeared in the early 1990s.
Woodman's Wild Ale Pop Up1st June – 12pm – 10pm
Come and join award-winning Cornish microbrewery Woodman’s Wild Ale for a pop-up tasting event of some of their fantastic seasonal beer featuring foraged and wild ingredients. There will also be local street food available throughout the day and live music in the evening with Slightly celebrating their EP launch.
One Foot in the Rave31st May
One Foot In The Rave Returns!
Award Winning Edinburgh Show returns to Cornwall!
Support From Cornwall's young emerging talent; Poet, Biby Barclay
This debut verse play from performance poet Alexander Rhodes is an energetic mix of agony and total Ecstasy. Set to a backdrop of club-classics, Alexander moves effortlessly between the characters and scenes to deliver the chemical highs and pitiful lows.
Expect wry observations, chemically induced inspirations and twisted logic.
Jessi Norgard Dan Korn and Joe Sharp1) 26th May – Jessi Norgard/ Dan Korn and Joe Sharp
Jessi will be playing two live gigs this weekend launching 'Temporary Kind', her new 5 track EP, at two of her favourite spots in Falmouth. Alongside friends and talented fellow musicians Rob Holt (guitar) and Terry McClintock (drums/percussion).
Sharing the bill all the way from London are folk duo Dan Korn and Joe Sharp. Dan and Joe are bringing beautifully crafted songs (some written about Cornwall) and exquisite harmonies with them.
Make Your Own Morgawr27th May 2019
Morgawr Making Workshop with collage artist and zinester Camilla Stacey. All ages welcome to come and use mixed media to create a Morgawr.
In Cornish folklore, the Morgawr (meaning sea giant in Cornish) is a sea serpent that purportedly inhabits the sea near Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, England. A hoax, an undiscovered creature of the deep or a mythical being - you decide!
Herbal Workshop Incense Making and HerbsHerbal Workshop Incense Making and Herbs
19 May 2019 from 14:00-17:00
This Workshop includes an afternoon of:
- An Introduction on the Herbs and Botanicals we will be using
- Teachings on all of their many health benefits and properties
- An instructed demonstration on how to make your very own Herbal Incense stick and it's positive uses, ALL plants have been homegrown and foraged by Harriet
Architrave ExhibitionMateriality, process and form explored.
Opening Thursday 9th May 7-
10pm with DJ's
Vinyl Night The Death Edition13 May 2019 from 19:00-23:30
This month's vinyl night is the 'Death' edition. Come down to The Fish Factory with a selection of your cheeriest death selections on vinyl, sign up and play - on the first round, three songs, on the second round, two songs and the third one song. The Heavy Friends will be hosting and keeping the running order suitably funereal and helping out any of you deceased vinyl nighters who need help with the turntables of D.E.A.T.H.
Being Frank the Chris Sievey Story8 April 2019
Join us at the Fish Factory for an Exclusive Screening of Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story. This is the only screening in Cornwall thus far! (and the official Penryn Premiere)
Holiday Ghosts plus supportHoliday Ghosts, Ssssnakes & Internal Credit Live
6 April 2019
Holiday Ghosts will be returning to home soil hot off the heels of their tour supporting their new record West Bay Playroom released on PNKSLM Records!
KER-PLUNKKer-Punk presents: Kessenyans Interactive and Audio Installation, raising awareness about climate and sustainability - with an immersive interactive installation, music, talks and free vegan curry
The Lyin' Politicians FestivalThe Lyin' Politicians Festival
29 Mar – 1 April 2019
Celebrate (!?*?!*) Brexit by joining our weekend Brexitfest. Friday day 10am - 9pm: Live music and art from the around the country – music by Krelys - Traditional Irish Band; Jean Daniel and Loic Rich, soul and rocksteady; Tom Dale - USA Old Time Traditional Music
Saturday 10am-5pm Live music and art
Pub quiz at the Seven Stars Pub in Penryn, Jam at the Famous Barrel
Fleece to Fibre WorkshopFleece to Fibre workshop with Nina Fenner
10 March 2019
Learn the basics about turning raw sheeps wool into a spun thread. We will cover sorting, washing and carding the wool. Then there will be a chance to learn the basics about spinning using drop spindles or a wheel.
Conjunction Analogue Film 2Analogue Fan Club 2 is a Conjunction event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth organised by Alice Mahoney, Stuart Robinson and Rose Hatcher. This session aims to bring together artists and creatives with an interest in analogue film processes and techniques, including 8mm, Cine and 16mm film, home film processing, found footage and experimental practices.
An Evening of Plant-Wave poetry with DavAn Evening of Plant-Wave poetry with Dave
Monday, 11 March 2019 from 19:00-21:30
Internal Garden - An Evening of Plant Wave Reaction Poetry with David Devanny
Calling all poets: an open invite to create and perform reactionary work live as plants generate music and vibrations. Beer by Woodman's Wild Ale
New Candys and LipsWorldwide acclaimed as one of the best emerging psychedelic rock´n´roll bands, New Candys formed in Venice (Italy) in 2008. Their influences have roots in The Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett. After a self-produced EP, in 2012 they released the album “Stars Reach The Abyss” on Foolica, a UK tour followed. They have shared a stage with The Warlocks, Brain Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels and many more. We are excited to have them here at the Fish.
8th March 2019
International Women's DaySaturday March 9 14:30-16:30
International Women's Day Art Workshop with Rebecca Harris. In this two hour session, you will explore a variety of simple techniques including expressive forms of paint, collage and stitch to create portraits of powerful women.
Suitable for all ages and levels. Materials provided but please bring some images on the day to work with (either in print or on your phone etc).
Pinhole Camera WorkshopSaturday 23rd Feb 2019
Stuart Robinson gave this photography workshop, helping participants to learn how to make and use the pinhole camera from a humble drinks can. Using it to take photographs and how to develop these in the Fish Factory darkroom.
Material ConversationsAn exhibition featuring the brief coalescence of eight artists re-purposing the ordinary into moments of material vitality.
21st Feb - 25th Feb 2019
Portrait of WaterA photography exhibition by Lucy Ridges, artist-in-residence at The Fish Factory. Taking form and colour from the aesthetics of our natural world with analogue photography and traditional mark making techniques.
24th Jan - 4th February
National Story Telling WeekA Story Telling Event
28th January 2019
Gary Cordingley, storyteller and illustrator, will host an evening of traditional stories as part of the 19th National Storytelling Week. Come and tell a story, if you have one, in a warm and friendly space, or just sit back and listen. The only stipulations are that the stories are spoken, not read, and that they are a maximum of ten minutes.
Sealionwoman, The Worm and Frances PylonA Music Event! 31st January 2019.
Inspired by the selkies of Scottish folklore, comprising a duo of vocals, doublebass and electronics. Scottish-born jazz-influenced vocalist Kitty Whitelaw and double bass player Tye McGivern were supported by The Worm and Frances Pylons.
Altar for the Commons by Hazel SoperThis exhibition by artist in residence Hazel Soper is the first in a series of events hosted by the Fish Factory during September, leading up to our full reopening in October. This work represents the need, in this time of environmental crisis, for women to reclaim our persecuted connection to nature and magic, and again revolt as witches.
Sweet Dreamzzz by Fergus PolglaseOur first exhibition since lockdown is SWEET DREAMZZZ by one of our newest studio artists Fergus Polglase. Fergus creates huge pieces of work which are layered and built up with aggressive, heavy mark making, which are then refined and cutback by controlled painting. As an artist his canvases interrogate masculinity, the mundane, comedy and violence. Don't miss out on this punchy exhibition, Sweet Dreamzzz will run until the 26th October 2020.
Vinyl Night: Accidents EditionOnce a month Heavy Friends hosts a Vinyl Night at the Fish Factory. There is a new theme each month and everyone can bring their vinyls which match the theme and have a dance and boogie!
Conjunction: Print & DIY PublishinConjunction: Print in the Age of DIY Publishing as Artistic Practice. The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth organised by artist and curator Camilla Stacey, in collaboration with Alice Mahoney, Stuart Robinson and Rose Hatcher. An ongoing event, he purpose of Conjunction is to create an active network of artists and designers who are interested in sharing technology, skills and knowledge whilst offering combined resources.
12th January 2019
Frida Go...to the Ends of the EarthExhibition by
Using installation, Frida Go...explores her ancestry through the art of her grandmother and her connection to Captain Scott and his fatal expedition to the North Pole in 1913.
6-10 December 2018
Open Studio ExhibitionExhibition of the work of the Fish Factory's Studio Artists. Celebrating the diverse array of artists and makers - from painters to designers to those working with experimental sound and performance.
16th - 23rd December
Associated TerritoriesAn exhibition to celebrate 100 years of women’s civil rights in Poland. Featuring 5 Polish female artists from the Tri-City of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot on the Baltic coast Magdelena Nowak, Anna Sokolska, Joanne Borof, Elzbieta Tegowska and Urszula Dulewicz.
3rd January - 14th January 2019
Conjunction: Obsolete TechnologyConjunction: Obsolete Technology from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth organised by Camilla Stacey, Alice Mahoney, Stuart Robinson and Rose Hatcher. An ongoing event, the purpose of Conjunction is to create an active network of artists and designers who are interested in sharing technology, skills and knowledge whilst offering the combined resources, facilities and equipment of The Fish Factory and CMR.
November 10th 2018
Near the River of AntreAn Exhibition by a group of artists, writers, folklorists, psychogeographers and performers have met in to explore the history and folklore of the town and its river, The Antre, through a series of walks and practice based workshops.
1st - 5th November 2018
Like Fragile ClayExhibition: CF Sherratt displays his stunning illustrations to accompany the poetry of Sarah Cave
25th - 29th October 2018
The Space LadyMusic Event:
The Space Lady brings her cosmic DIY psychedelic splendour from the streets of San Francisco to The Fish Factory in Penryn. The "outsider music" genre was created for this unique artist. She brings great talent, love, peace, and humility to her
records and international shows.
20th October 2018
Rad SurfaceAn Exhibition: Ian Guyver
Part of #trigpointkernow, a project to try and capture the essence of Cornish place. This exhibition features combined found objects, drawings and rubbings, made whilst walking between 27 of Cornwall's 100 triangulation points.
18 October - 22nd October
Conjunction Art in Urban EnvironmentConjunction: Art in the Urban Environment
from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth organised by artist and curator Camilla Stacey, in collaboration with Alice Mahoney, Stuart Robinson and Rose Hatcher. An ongoing event, the purpose of Conjunction is to create an active network of artists and designers who are interested in sharing technology, skills and knowledge whilst offering the combined resources, facilities and equipment of The Fish Factory and CMR.
21st October 2018
Me and The DevilA Music Event for Black History Month: Me and The Devil are a four piece blues band, exploring soulful sounds from the Mississippi Delta and Chicago.
27th October 2018
Anne BalaSearching for Simone
An exhibition by Resident Artist Anne Bala was a chance for Anne to explore the connections one can find in the search for the biological family when the traces are unclear, the documents are false and the evidence is subjective.
12-15th October 2018
Liz BlumResident Artist Exhibition: Good Morning Shining Sun
Good Morning Sun reflects on the impact of global warming. From wholesale pollution of our natural world, to changing coast lines, floods and fires, strengthening storms, and species dying off, artist Liz Blum will whip up studio detritus into statements of alarming consequences for the future of our planet.
27th September - 1st October 2018
Twin SiblingsTwin Siblings A punk and electronic music event with Night Motor/Inka Upendo/Twin Siblings 2 June 2018
Linda AtwellLinda Attwell
Exhibition featuring work by textile artist Linda Attwell
31 May – 4 Jun 2018
Mildred Maude/Seamouse/Heavy FriendsMusic Event - Mildred Maude will be performing their continually evolving instrumental piece with support from Seamouse, Heavy Friends and DJs
25 May 2018
Some FeelingsSome Feelings
20th - 22nd April 2018
An open themed photography exhibition featuring 6 artists living and working in the South West.
The Garden of Light & SoundThe Garden of Light and Sound
13th - 17th April 2018
A film installation by Rosie Bewley made almost entirely of plants. The film, the experimental cinema and the sounds are all made of or created from nature.
The Lone KinsmenThe Lone Kinsmen
5th - 9th April 2018
An archival exploration of a (possibly) fictitious cult that existed sometime in the past created by Lally & Penny Macbeth.
30 March 2018
The event will provide a platform to talk to explore the theory, a participatory performance and presentation of research materials in which people take in turns to stage unique representations of pre-recorded songs from popular culture.
Root to RiseRoot to Rise- an exhibition by artist in residence Lily Waugh. Textiles hand woven in collaboration with Cornish land and weather.
1st - 12th March 2018
Antonella CrastusAn Exhibition by Antonella Crastus - a self-taught artist. She feels that art has been a blessing which has allowed her to express herself and her emotions which has been very useful in managing her personality disorder.
17th - 21st January 2018
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Mildred MaudMexico's Lorelle Meets the Obsolete return to the Falmouth area for the third time! Bringing thier blend of crafted, unique and amazing psychedelia and shoegaze. Supported by Falmouths very own Mildred Maude and LIPS
16th January 2018
Conjunction: Analogue Film ClubConjunction: Analogue Film Club
Conjunction from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth organised by artist and curator Camilla Stacey, in collaboration with Alice Mahoney, Stuart Robinson and Rose Hatcher. An ongoing event, he purpose of Conjunction is to create an active network of artists and designers who are interested in sharing technology, skills and knowledge whilst offering the combined resources, facilities and equipment of The Fish Factory and CMR.
December 8th 2018
Donna FestaDonna Festa – Broken - Exhibition: Donna Festa – Broken. Smile. You have to. You wish you didn’t have to hide behind it. You are emotionally exhausted. This life is killing you. 9th November 2018
Stewart WatsonInternational resident Stewart Watson (Baltimore, US) displayed the work she has created during her residency here.
13th September 2018
Vinyl Night Food EditionOnce a month Heavy Friends hosts a Vinyl Night at the Fish Factory. There is a new theme each month and everyone can bring their vinyls which match the theme and have a dance and boogie!
NEXUSFrom the weird to the lyrical, the playful to the polemical; this year’s graduating MA Illustration students hold a night of performance, storytelling and song to accompany their end of year show; NEXUS.
The evening also launches an exhibition of the artists’ manifestos, on show throughout the following week.
6 Sept – 10 Sept 2018
Ancient StonesAn Exhibition by Paul Slydel exploring ancient sites in mid and west Cornwall.
30 August - 3 September 2018
Acid Mothers TempleJapanese Psychedelic Rock band visited the Fish Factory on their European tour!
27th July 2018
Harena NowHarena now - This exhibition shares the camera-less photographic work made by photographic artist Josie Purcell in response to the global sand crisis. The project aims to raise awareness of this lesser known environmental and humanitarian issue.
26 July– 30 July 2018
FlashesFlashes: An event of noise for Radical Music Week with Flashes/Wolf Note/Hockeysmith/Omoo / 21 July 2018
Cookie Tongue/Susan/The WormCookie Tongue/Susan/The Worm
16th July 2018
A music event. Cookie Tongue is the whimsical world led by artist/musician, Omer Gal aka Mother Tongue. A multi-instrumental incantatory vocal, freaky folky family based in Brooklyn NYC and performed at the Fish!
co;noiseCo;noise was a participatory music project for non-musicians to perform and experiment with music together.
15 July 2018
Bill BrandsonAn Exhibition by Studio resident Bill Brandson, an impressionist /expressionist landscape painter based here in Penryn. Painting landscapes from the local area Bill has been one of the longest residents of the Fish Factory, moving with us from our old venue.
12 July – 16 July 2018
Lord of the LogosLord of the Logos: An exhibition by international logo artist Christophe Szpajde
14 Jun – 18 Jun 2018
EVOKEAn exhibition by Erika Dyrholm & Zahra Hoccom using printmaking, photography and collage to explore human form 28 Jun – 2 Jul 2018
Len HatcherAn exhibition by Len Hatcher exploring the changing and transitory Falmouth Bay in 200 stunning sketches.
21st – 26th June 2018
If you delved this deep into our archives, well done! However, our history stretches much further than this virtual archive ever could, as the above events only feature our wonderful times in Penryn - The Fish Factory was once located in Falmouth Wharves...the art and events that happened there, now exist only as legend...check out our history!