St Piran’s Day Community Arts Exhibition, Cornwall

Event date

Now until 13/03/22

Event time

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Event cost


Explore artwork created by Cornish residents, inspired by sand dunes and using Cornish earth pigments, to mark St Piran’s Day

Cornwall’s coastal dunes and their links to the legend of Saint Piran are being celebrated in a community art exhibition organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The paintings, created by schoolchildren, community groups and local residents, are currently on display at Livingstone St Ives Gallery in Perranporth, to coincide with this year’s St Piran’s Day celebrations on March 5.

Last month, as part of the nationwide Dynamic Dunescapes project, Cornwall Wildlife Trust worked with a local environmental artist to lead a series of public art workshops at Penhale Dunes. Participants were encouraged to explore the landscape’s unique history, geology and wildlife, which included a visit to remains of St Piran’s Oratory, before using paint made from Cornish earth pigments to create their works of art. Click here to read more about these workshops.

Nearly 400 paintings were produced by 100 attendees from Perranporth Art Group, Perranporth Community Primary School, Richard Lander School and members of the public.

Overtime, these popular events will help people better understand the importance of sand dunes according to Andy Nelson, People Engagement Officer for Dynamic Dunescapes at Cornwall Wildlife Trust:

The art exhibition is open until Sunday 13th March, with Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers in attendance from 1-4pm each day.

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