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Wednesday 26th November 12:00pm
Main Gallery

Invent Yourself

Are you making a living (or trying to make a living) in the creative and cultural industries?  This session, run by Cornwall Council Library, brings together a wide range of books which could help you in your work.  Whether it’s advice on building your own web-site, dealing with the legal side of things, marketing or whether you are looking for some creative inspiration, there should be a book here to help you.

Free entry.

Book s and Information For Cr e a t i v e s
I n s p i r e . I d e a s . Mo t i v a t e . C h a n g e


Thursday 27th November 7:30pm

Henrietta Boex: Jib-Booms and Bobstays – The Evolution of Maritime Painting

We intend this to be the first in a series of joint lectures between the Poly and the Falmouth Art Gallery.  The evening will also include the screening of a short film on The Poly’s Tuke Collection.

There are three main traditions in Maritime painting – ships’ portraits, historical re-enactments and topography. The artists divide between the formally trained and Pierhead Painters, who were often sailors. Henrietta Boex is the Director of the Falmouth Art Gallery and will examine the evolution of these traditions, with particular reference to artists with Falmouth links.

At sixteen, Henrietta began her art history studies in Paris attending a ‘Cours de Civilisation’ during which time she became an impassioned admirer of Bonnard and as a consequence has never worn sun glasses – no doubt a foolish move. A stint in Australia where she then fell in love with the work of Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan was followed by administration of various arts festivals in St Ives, Bristol and Bath. She has also worked in antique furniture restoration. She describes her life as a series of tacks across the great sea of life and so at forty she went off to Plymouth School of Architecture  to study Architectural Studies with Heritage Studies and rejoices in the fact that she was the only person ever to get this qualification from that organisation. This led to project management consultancy which led to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum where she helped deliver their new £3m museum redevelopment project. The job at Falmouth Art Gallery is her dream job and brings together the many strands of her interesting and varied life. She has one grown up son and cooks in Danish.

Tuesday 9th December 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne – A Cornish Holiday Tragedy.  A presentation by researcher and author Martin Banks about the tragic loss of this pleasure cruiser in 1966.

Almost 50 years ago, a boat full of men, women and children left Mylor for a day trip to Fowey little realising that none of them would survive the voyage. Described as one of the worst civil maritime tragedies in modern times, the sinking of the Darlwyne is still shrouded in mystery as the wreck was never found and the bodies of only 12 of the 31 people on board were ever recovered.

St Just author Martin Banks has carried out extensive research into the tragedy and recently had his book, The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne: A Cornish Holiday Tragedy, published.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1) Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Taking place in the Poly Bar.  Come early for a drink and comfy seats.