Arts & Culture
Be inspired by what's around you
Scilly has inspired a thriving artistic community. From exquisite silver jewellery to stunning fine art collections, from fired earthenware and stained glass to lino-cut prints and silk scarves, creativity abounds on every island, inspired by our stunning surroundings.
What brings this artistic community here? Well, the beauty of Scilly is obvious, but the quality of light and the natural environment provide an ideal setting for photographers, painters, potters and craftspeople.
Artists paint in beach studios, landscape photographers capture changing moods, beachcombers make jewellery, and potters create objects of beauty. And for the rest of us, there are many galleries where you can enjoy their works – and get involved in craft workshops which run throughout the season.
The Isles of Scilly are a magnet for artists and creative souls. They’re lured to the islands by the rich intensity of light and its ever-changing effect on seascapes and landscapes. Each island has galleries to browse and enjoy; each has artists working in a variety of media – from oil, watercolours, jewellery making and beachcombed shells, felting and weaving to exquisite stained glass, fired earthenware, and screen printing.
Here’s our pick of the
Located within their home at Porthloo, Glandore Gallery is a small, friendly, beachside gallery run by local artist, Stephen Morris, and his wife, Lois. Stephen paints exclusively ‘en plein air’ in watercolour and, more recently, inks, with a colourful and distinctive signature style. His cards and giclee prints are also available along with those of his late aunt, Nan Heath.
A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes printmaking, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details) We are able to take payment by card.
Tamarisk is a new gallery in the centre of Hugh Town showcasing artwork by local painters and craftspeople as well as arts and crafts from further afield. Artists include Imogen Bone, C N Smith, Sue Lewington and Oriel Hicks. Locally produced jewellery, cards and gifts are also available. Several of the craftspeople exhibiting work are based locally at Phoenix Craft Studios, Porthmellon Business Park.
For more information please see our website www.tamariskscilly.co.uk or visit our Facebook page
Come and join us for Art Scilly 12th – 19th May, our lovely festival packed with events, exhibitions, open studios, craft fairs and workshops which we hope will inspire you to explore the creative side of our islands. Join our talented creative folk for writing workshops, painting, sketching or try your hand at glass fusing and lino printing. Download the full programme.
Whether you’re an absolute beginner
We make jewellery that is worn across Scilly, the UK and beyond.
It all started twelve years ago with a silver shell range and we’ve grown each year and now have several ranges including fish, flowers, seeds and Scilly cowbells. We do lots of commission work from wedding and engagement rings to personalised pieces.
Our studio is a truly Scilly affair with lots of reclaimed island materials and local art being used in the design – the