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Art sleepovers

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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AS PART of its series of "sleepovers with a difference" EatDrinkSleep is presenting a two-day, three-night residential drawing course and workshop on Monday and Tuesday.

The "art escape" is being led by local artist Gillian Cooper, who studied at Camberwell and at Bristol. A member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, she works with EatDrinkSleep on regular exhibitions, hanging the works of various artists, including herself, on the walls of the dining rooms and bedrooms of its hotels. An artist who finds inspiration for her drawing, painting and printmaking in the flora and fauna of west Cornwall, its "nature morte", she is one of the three artists whose works make up the exhibition of Cornish Still Lives currently being held in the Gurnard's Head hotel.

People of all abilities are welcome on the course, basic drawing materials (charcoals and pencils) will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own sketchbooks.

The venue for the "art escape", the Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, near Gulval, is the result of the initiative of Dr Neil Armstrong, an enterprising local GP who began the restoration and development 17 years ago of what had been a 19th-century landscaped garden. Cleared and replanted with flora from around the world, plus sculptures and intstallation from leading artists, it is now a welcome and attractive addition to the gardens of west Cornwall.

There will be a three-course dinner each night, and a breakfast each morning, either at the Old Coastguard, Mousehole, or at the Gurnard's Head hotel, whichever is preferred.

Further information, bookings, cost, times, etc, can be obtained from either the Old Coastguard hotel: 01736 731222 or Tremenheere Sculpture Garden 01736 448089.

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