A New Home For Fish Factory Art Space

by Rose Hatcher in Penryn, England, United Kingdom

A New Home For Fish Factory Art Space
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On 10th December 2017 we successfully raised £10,252 with 204 supporters in 37 days

The Fish Factory has to leave it's home at Falmouth Wharves. We need your help to secure a new long term space in Penryn.

by Rose Hatcher in Penryn, England, United Kingdom

The Fish Factory Art Space was established in May 2011 by Rose Hatcher to provide a much needed social and cultural hub for the local artistic community. With little experience, a big idea and a lot of help from friends we transformed an old fishy warehouse into a thriving gallery and artist studios. Since then it has changed and grown year by year to become an integral part of the Cornish art scene and an essential resource in the Falmouth/Penryn area.


The Fish Factory team are very active organisers and have been responsible for many arts projects over the past six years, not only on site but all around Cornwall. There have been over 100 exhibitions, 50+ concerts and yearly festivals including International Women’s Day and Black History Month (also including projects in St. Ives, Redruth, Truro, Penryn and Helston). Fish Factory partnerships maintain an international element, working regularly on exchanges with arts groups in Gdansk (Poland), Le Havre (France), Stöðvarfjörður (Iceland) and Berlin (Germany). 

"Over the last 6 years the Fish Factory's anarchic artist-led output and the space it has provided for experimentation, exhibition, and studios have made a unique and vital contribution to the local arts. We're excited by the possibilities of it's future in Penryn!" - Field Notes

After six years at Falmouth Wharves providing workspace, exhibition opportunities and community engagement for local and visiting artists, the Fish Factory Art Space has sadly outgrown the current vision for Falmouth Wharves.  But not to fear, we have now found a new and exciting premises to continue its important work.


The Fish Factory will leave its home at Falmouth Wharves this winter. We need your help to secure our new long term home on Commercial Road in Penryn. We have a grand vision to convert the new premises so we can continue to provide affordable studios and workspace for local artists and international visitors.  We’d also like to open a new shop, cafe and gallery for socially engaged and experimental artwork and events. 

We have found a space to move to which will have a secure lease, disabled access, much improved transport links and is within the heart of the creative town of Penryn. We are crowdfunding for funds to cover the deposit, moving costs and refurbishment. Beyond these costs, our business plan is sustainable and embedded in community spirit and the enormous demand for what we provide in our local area.


The Fish Factory currently incorporates artist workspace with flexible and open project space, housing twenty-one working artist’s studios including a pottery kiln, a darkroom, a gallery, community room and event space. It brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life in a vibrant artistic community. Studio residents are local painters, illustrators, mixed media, installation artists, graduates, printers, potters, writers and more.

Flexible, affordable workspace makes 

amazing projects happen

We have worked very hard to build and grow the Fish Factory with no core funding but with a lot of good will and creative thinking. We believe strongly that an independent gallery and workspace can attract international artists, new ideas and provide a place where local emerging artists can thrive. We are now reaching out to our community to support us through this move. We have set up a Community Interest Company, Fish Factory Arts CIC, to formalise our commitment to our artists and audience.


Our remit is to support local artists and make space for community groups and experimental projects. We actively encourage diversity and inclusivity. We are interested in hearing marginalised voices and hidden histories. We intend to continue with the help of our splendid volunteers to provide an atmosphere of creative productivity into the next decade and beyond.

Thank you for your interest and support in The Fish Factory relocation project and we look forward to welcoming you soon to our new rejuvenated Fish Factory in Penryn, Cornwall.

"As an artist with social anxiety, moving to Cornwall and knowing I had to immerse myself in an alien arts scene was daunting but I need the arts to help me overcome anxieties. When I went to the Fish Factory, I instantly felt connected with people - it's not just a fantastic arts space, it's a supportive community. Thanks to this, I have been able to make opportunities for myself I didn't think possible - such as showing work at Tate St Ives and Newlyn Art Gallery. The new space will enable more grass-roots community activity thanks to plans such as a new cafe. Cornwall needs spaces like this so that people can come together for cultural and social fun." Matt Ashdown - Studio resident


What will the money be spent on?

- Deposit and first months rent

- Moving costs, searches etc (as this is a 15 year lease we need to make sure we have a secure tenure) 

-  Refurbishing the new building - adding partitions, paying an electrician and plumber, painting and decorating

- Checking and updating our equipment - projector and sound gear, photography studio and printing facilities

- A big van and help with moving all of our stuff






Workshops & Events in Our New Space:

Book in for a great time in the new Fish Factory - AND help us move!

Saturday 13th January - Lino Printing with Lee McIntyreLearn how to do basic lino printing - create your own prints on paper. All materials included. 

Saturday 27th January - Pinhole camera workshop with Stuart Robinson. Learn how to make and use your own pinhole camera in the new Fish Factory darkroom. All materials will be provided.

Saturday 3rd February - Collage workshop with Camilla StaceyCome and learn about the history and craft of collage with Camilla. A Saturday afternoon spent cutting, sticking, learning and chatting. Tea, cake and all materials included!

Saturday 17th February - Live Demonstration with Chris Odgers. Live Demonstration with Illustrator Chris Odgers - learn the technique of 'oiling back' using oil paints - watch Chris work plus Q&A

Saturday 24th February - Bid Writing Workshop with Matt Ashdown. Learn about how to write a successful arts fundraising bid with our resident expert Matt Ashdown on Saturday 24th February 2018.

Watch a video of our very first exhibition in the old Fish Factory warehouse in 2011. We've come a long way and hope we can continue to bring exciting new art to Cornwall. It's all or nothing so please pledge now to SAVE THE FISH!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£3 or more

£3 Reward

A tweet saying thanks in an arty kind of way!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Our many thanks and a curious instagram post in your honour!

£5 or more

9 of 50 claimed

£5 Reward

An 'I moved the Fish Factory' badge to thank you for your contribution.

£7 or more

£7 Reward

A hand bound recycled Fish Factory sketchbook or notebook.

£10 or more

5 of 20 claimed

£10 Reward

A hand drawn postcard of thanks created by one of the Fish Factory artists.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Sketchbook + Badge

£20 or more

6 of 50 claimed

£20 Reward

A screenprinted Fish Factory tote bag.

£25 or more

21 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

Bag, Book & Badge Bundle.

£25 or more

15 of 22 claimed

£25 Reward

Stuart Robinson Limited 'Stöðvarfjörður Solograph' A3 Giclée print on premium Hahnemuhle fine art paper signed and numbered on the reverse by the artist bonus A5 pinholes zine.

£30 or more

4 of 8 claimed

£30 Reward

A lino printing workshop with Fish Factory artist Lee McIntyre including materials in our new space.

£30 or more

7 of 8 claimed

£30 Reward

A 'Make Stuff Drink Stuff' Collage workshop with Camilla Stacey in our new space.

£30 or more

4 of 5 claimed

£30 Reward

An hour Virtual Reality taster session using htc Vive headset and Google Tiltbrush - provided by InterAnima CIC in our new space

£30 or more

3 of 8 claimed

£30 Reward

Pinhole camera workshop with Stuart Robinson on Saturday 27th January 2018. Learn how to make and use your own pinhole camera in the new darkroom.

£30 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£30 Reward

Live Demonstration with Illustrator Chris Odgers - learn the technique of 'oiling back' using oil paints - watch Chris work plus Q&A

£30 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Bid Writing Workshop with Matt Ashdown

A half day bid writing workshop with fundraising expert and Fish Factory studio resident Matt Ashdown in February 2018.

£40 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Theramin Building Workshop

Build a Theramin with Dom Allen this January (date tbc) - all parts included

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A day in our new photo studio or a day in the darkroom

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward

'Lip Plug' Sculpture by Resident Artist Kate Merry

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Wanderer - One Off Print by Bram Arnold

The Wanderer. Bram Thomas Arnold. 2015. Hand finished toner print on Fabriano cotton paper. 1/1. 700mm x 500mm. Unframed. Special Crowdfunder only price

£300 or more

£300 Reward

A half day event in our gallery and cafe space plus your name or business name sent to our mailing list in a message of thanks.

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sophie Capron - Rust Painting

Sophie Capron - Rust Painting 20cm x 25cm. Made from metal filings and paint. Framed with non-reflective glass.

£695 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Tim Shaw - Raven Print II

A print from the 'Raven' series by Tim Shaw RA They are first edition prints of sixteen, hand printed and framed. 35 x 33 cm. 'Raven II'

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Your name or business name on our sponsorship board in the new space for one year and sent to our mailing list in a message of thanks.

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Recycled Jewellery Workshop

Create unique wearable art with Lynne Speake!

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Haircut!

A dry haircut from Josie at Out of the Closet vintage clothes shop in Penryn - we can send you a gift voucher if you'd like to give this as a gift.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rose Hatcher Original Framed Collage

10x15cm one-off mouth collage by the Fish Factory founder!

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

JIMP Pegasus Print

'Pegasus' by Jimp screenprint on paper 45 x 45 edition of 50

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jonathan Hayter Painting - Yellow

Apparition in Acid Yellow - UV Painting 80x120cm approx By Jonathan Hayter From "The Lake, The Wood & The Deathless Path..." Exhibition at the Fish Factory in 2015

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Alice Mahoney

Set of three Alice Mahoney limited edition screenprints - unframed

£695 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tim Shaw - Raven Print I

A print from the 'Raven' series by Tim Shaw RA They are first edition prints of sixteen, hand printed and framed. 35 x 33 cm. 'Raven I'

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