Event category: Creative

All the World’s a Stage – ARTchive creative workshop

Modern colour photo flatlay of various vintage haberdashery materials including thread, thimble, vintage teaspoon, as well as vintage photos and a pair of scissors

Join Vicki Aimers and create a beautiful and personal cloth book, inspired by scenes from your life.

If you love making alternative books, playing with words and enjoy collecting things, this is the workshop for you!

During the workshop, you will create a beautiful and personal cloth book using simple stitch and patching techniques, as a way to record special ‘scenes’ or memories of your life. You will experiment with image transfer to capture copies of your treasured photographs onto fabric, that can later be embellished and added to your book.

You will also have a go at creating stitched patches taking inspiration from decorative elements from your home to add to your book. All these techniques with your stories will create a unique record of your life; like scenes from a play.

Beginners welcome. Simple stitch techniques will be shown on the day.

Some materials personal to your story would be welcome for the workshop to make your artist book reflect your life and memories.

IMPORTANT:  Please bring with you the following items for the workshop:

– old shirts (any colour or pattern or plain)

– special photos (we will photocopy these)

– trinkets/beads/buttons, lace/ribbons/trims (for embellishment)

– a few photos of decorative patterns from your home (you will use these to inspire embroidered patches to make on the day)

– a selection of your favourite coloured embroidery threads (4 skeins if possible)

– your own sewing kit (if possible but not essential)

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. The workshop costs £10, which is payable on booking. Call 01209 614430 to book your place, during opening hours (Tues-Thurs, 9.30am-4pm).

Please note, refreshments will not be provided. The new Ginkgo café at Kresen Kernow will be open on the day (serving drinks, cakes, snacks and lunch items) or you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Discover more about visiting Kresen Kernow here.

Make a mini etching – a Free family learning workshop!

Modern colour photo of a girl creating crafts at a table, photo copyright Claire Chamberlain

Join Mel Young for this free family learning workshop at Kresen Kernow, and make a mini-etching, inspired by medieval manuscripts.

There are three time slots available: 10am-11.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 2.30pm-4pm. 

Booking is essential via Eventbrite. Please only book tickets for children taking part.

Please note, if you would like to visit our exhibition or use the library and archive these will need to be booked separately. More information is available on our Visit Us page.

Illustrated Initials – Free family learning workshop

Illustration showing a large capital G with a picture of Glasney Colleg of Penryn as it may have been when it was in use over 500 years ago.behind.

Join Keith Sparrow for this free family learning workshop at Kresen Kernow, and learn how to create a fabulous illustrated initial, inspired by medieval illuminated letters.

Keith has created a fabulous ‘Out of the Ordinary’ alphabet for our current exhibition. 

There are three time slots available: 10am-11.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 2.30pm-4pm. 

Booking is essential via Eventbrite. Please only book tickets for children taking part.

Please note, if you would like to visit our exhibition or use the library and archive these will need to be booked separately. More information is available on our Visit Us page.

Welcome Home Monologues – ARTchive creative workshop

Modern colour photo of an open printed book with a 3D paper house and trees also made from printed book sheets

Join Playwright Sarah Connors on this day long creative writing workshop exploring simple ways to create a short monologue for performance.

The workshop will will look at themes around home and homecomings and will explore structure, empathy and performance.

You will have the opportunity to perform your short piece in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. The workshop costs £10, which is payable on booking. Call 01209 614430 to book your place, during opening hours (Tues-Thurs, 9.30am-4pm).

Please note, refreshments will not be provided. The new Ginkgo café at Kresen Kernow will be open on the day (serving drinks, cakes, snacks and lunch items) or you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Discover more about visiting Kresen Kernow here.

Travelling Tales – Free family learning workshops

Modern colour photo of children at a table drawing with parents watching

Where shall we go? To a faraway land or a fantasy planet? Up in the sky or under the sea?

Join Jo Lumber and write some new stories of imaginary journeys yet to be taken!

There are three time slots available: 10am-11.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 2.30pm-4pm. 

Booking is essential via Eventbrite. Please only book tickets for children taking part.

Please note, if you would like to visit our exhibition or use the library and archive these will need to be booked separately. More information is available on our Visit Us page.

Marthusow ha Mysteris – free family performances

Modern colour photo showing performers outside Kresen Kernow.

Hall for Cornwall, in association with o-region, present an irreverent whistlestop performance at Kresen Kernow which demystifies the marvellous medieval manuscripts on display in our Out of the Ordinary exhibition.

Brought to you by an ensemble of four performers from the New Artists Network and written and directed by Simon Harvey (o-region) the show will be a bluffer’s guide to the Cornish miracle and mystery plays. Expect entertaining physical storytelling with a healthy dollop of irreverent comedy.

The performance aims to leave you a little bit wiser about the significance of these medieval manuscripts and their continued influence on Cornwall’s unique theatre traditions!

Performances will take place three times on Saturdays in August (at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30) at Kresen Kernow and will last approximately 20 mins. Suitable for all the family.

Please book your tickets via Eventbrite.

If you would also like to visit the exhibition or use the research facilities at Kresen Kernow please note, these need to be booked separately. All information is available on our Visit Us page.

Marthusow ha Mysteris – free family performances

Modern colour photo showing performers outside Kresen Kernow.

Hall for Cornwall, in association with o-region, present an irreverent whistlestop performance at Kresen Kernow which demystifies the marvellous medieval manuscripts on display in our Out of the Ordinary exhibition.

Brought to you by an ensemble of four performers from the New Artists Network and written and directed by Simon Harvey (o-region) the show will be a bluffer’s guide to the Cornish miracle and mystery plays. Expect entertaining physical storytelling with a healthy dollop of irreverent comedy.

The performance aims to leave you a little bit wiser about the significance of these medieval manuscripts and their continued influence on Cornwall’s unique theatre traditions!

Performances will take place three times on Saturdays in August (at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30) at Kresen Kernow and will last approximately 20 mins. Suitable for all the family.

Please book your tickets via Eventbrite.

If you would also like to visit the exhibition or use the research facilities at Kresen Kernow please note, these need to be booked separately. All information is available on our Visit Us page.

Marthusow ha Mysteris – free family performances

Modern colour photo showing performers outside Kresen Kernow.

Hall for Cornwall, in association with o-region, present an irreverent whistlestop performance at Kresen Kernow which demystifies the marvellous medieval manuscripts on display in our Out of the Ordinary exhibition.

Brought to you by an ensemble of four performers from the New Artists Network and written and directed by Simon Harvey (o-region) the show will be a bluffer’s guide to the Cornish miracle and mystery plays. Expect entertaining physical storytelling with a healthy dollop of irreverent comedy.

The performance aims to leave you a little bit wiser about the significance of these medieval manuscripts and their continued influence on Cornwall’s unique theatre traditions!

Performances will take place three times on Saturdays in August (at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30) at Kresen Kernow and will last approximately 20 mins. Suitable for all the family.

Please book your tickets via Eventbrite.

If you would also like to visit the exhibition or use the research facilities at Kresen Kernow please note, these need to be booked separately. All information is available on our Visit Us page.

Make a mini-etching! Free family learning

Modern colour photo of child with quill pen and mother watching.

Join Mel Young for this free family learning workshop at Kresen Kernow, and make a mini-etching, inspired by medieval manuscripts.

There are three time slots available: 10am-11.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 2.30pm-4pm. 

Booking is essential via Eventbrite. Please only book tickets for children taking part.

Please note, if you would like to visit our exhibition or use the library and archive these will need to be booked separately. More information is available on our Visit Us page.

Marthusow ha Mysteris – free family performances

Modern colour photo showing performers outside Kresen Kernow.

Hall for Cornwall, in association with o-region, present an irreverent whistlestop performance at Kresen Kernow which demystifies the marvellous medieval manuscripts on display in our Out of the Ordinary exhibition.

Brought to you by an ensemble of four performers from the New Artists Network and written and directed by Simon Harvey (o-region) the show will be a bluffer’s guide to the Cornish miracle and mystery plays. Expect entertaining physical storytelling with a healthy dollop of irreverent comedy.

The performance aims to leave you a little bit wiser about the significance of these medieval manuscripts and their continued influence on Cornwall’s unique theatre traditions!

Performances will take place three times on Saturdays in August (at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30) at Kresen Kernow and will last approximately 20 mins. Suitable for all the family.

Please book your tickets via Eventbrite.

If you would also like to visit the exhibition or use the research facilities at Kresen Kernow please note, these need to be booked separately. All information is available on our Visit Us page.

Illustrated Initials – free family learning

Illustration showing a large capital A with a picture of King Arthur behind.

Join Keith Sparrow for this free family learning workshop at Kresen Kernow, and learn how to create a fabulous illustrated initial, inspired by medieval illuminated letters. Keith has created a fabulous ‘Out of the Ordinary’ alphabet for our current exhibition. 

There are three time slots available: 10am-11.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 2.30pm-4pm. 

Booking is essential via Eventbrite. Please only book tickets for children taking part.

Please note, if you would like to visit our exhibition or use the library and archive these will need to be booked separately. More information is available on our Visit Us page.

Journeys, sojourns and homecomings – creative workshop

Photo of a black and white collage showing a house and trees.

Join playwright Sarah Connors for this all day writing workshop at Kresen Kernow, which will explore themes of homecomings and homesickness. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own poetry and prose in a relaxed and encouraging environment. In addition to this, we will have fun experimenting with how best to perform our writing to an audience.

The workshop will include a chance to view our Out of the Ordinary exhibition.

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. The workshop costs £10, which is payable on booking. Call 01209 614430 to book your place, during opening hours (Tues-Thurs, 9.30am-4pm).

Please note, refreshments will not be provided. The new Ginkgo café at Kresen Kernow will be open on the day (serving drinks, cakes, snacks and lunch items) or you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Discover more about visiting Kresen Kernow here.

Image copyright Tony Crosby/The Writers’ Block.