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.

Resident and visiting 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, many galleries to view and feast our senses on the extensive range of styles and media used. Some galleries also run courses and workshops throughout the year.

Throughout the season, Scilly welcomes visiting theatre companies, notably the Miracle Theatre.

 

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Lino print by Vickie Heaney

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's All year

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes paintings, printmaking, leather work, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Computer and printer available for public use, or free WiFi if you have your own phone or tablet. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details)Read more »

Bathinghouse Porth Morning Tresco

Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

St. Mary's All year

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.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

St. Mary's All year

Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.Read more »

Gallery Tresco

Gallery Tresco

Tresco All year

Gallery Tresco is located in the most enviable of positions on New Grimsby shoreline and is a haven for art lovers. Some of Cornwall’s finest art can be found on the walls of this light and airy converted boatshed, which has been open for over 20 years.Read more »

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's All year

Porthloo Studios / Workshops are a group of friendly artists and craftspeople based in a converted barn on the coastal footpath 10 minutes walk from the outskirts of Hugh Town - signposted from Porthmellon.Read more »

Scilly made mugs

Island Hall Art Workshops

St. Agnes

Join us for a craft workshop on the beautiful island of St. Agnes.Read more »