Art Show returns to boost charity funds


LISKEARD’S Cancer Research UK Art Show is back – and it’s hoped locals will support the committee as it approaches the incredible £1 million mark.

Just for Paintings Beginning in 1968, the annual exhibition has grown to encompass arts and crafts of all kinds, jewelry and photography, and has become a hugely popular part of the arts and social calendar. of Cornwall.

It is also the main fundraising event for the local Liskeard Committee of Cancer Research UK, which since its inception in 1953 has raised no less than £982,767 for the charity.

“Last year was the only year we were unable to hold the exhibition, and we are delighted to be able to hold it again this year,” said committee member Frances Foulkes.

“There has been a lot of interest from new exhibitors as well as those who have been loyal supporters for many years. The standard of work is very high – there is so much talent in the Westcountry.

“Everything on display at the show is for sale,” continues Frances.

“The daily refreshments are very popular and there are always wonderful prizes in the raffle. In recent years the show has raised around £11,000 a year, and it would be wonderful if we could at least match that amount this year.

The CRUK art exhibition is due to be opened by former BBC presenter Justin Leigh on Tuesday March at 7.30pm. With an entry of £5, everyone is welcome to come and taste wine and cheese.

From Wednesday March 2 to Saturday March 5, the exhibition will be open from 10am to 7.30pm (adults £2, children £1) and on Sunday March 6, the last day of the exhibition, you can visit from 10am to 3pm.

Justin Leigh encourages everyone to enjoy and support the event.

“I am delighted to open this year’s Cancer Research Art Exhibition at Liskeard. It’s a well-established and popular event and I can’t wait to see the range of local arts, crafts and photography on display,” he said.

“It’s so good to see fundraising events like this pick up again after the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

“I lost my mother to cancer many years ago and like many other people, I have seen too many friends and loved ones touched by this cancer. So I hope that as many people possible will come and enjoy the exhibition and help raise funds for such an important cause.

Nicola Jane Rowles

Based in Upton Cross, artist and designer Nicola Jane Rowles can also be found at her Coast and Country Art gallery and studio in Wadebridge (

She has been a proud supporter of the Cancer Research UK art exhibition for eight years and is looking forward to meeting people on the opening night, where she will be happy to discuss her work, the techniques she uses and the art in general.

Nicola says: “I’m looking forward to the event in Liskeard. For me, it’s the beginning of spring and hope.

“I have personal reasons why this cancer charity means so much, I lost my mum when she was 59 and my uncle at 54, cancer has devastated our family as it does for many families.

“I’m very lucky to have been a successful artist for the past 32 years and I love what I do, this opportunity for me to give a little back and contribute not only to CRUK funds but also to making someone happy with a piece of my work is very important to me.

“Please come out and support this event – everyone in attendance helps the charity and means so much to so many people, let’s make a difference.”

Jenni Phillips

Ceramic artist Jenni Phillips says she feels very lucky to be working from her small studio near St Cleer with lovely views of the Cornish countryside.

She has done ceramics occasionally throughout her adult life and describes her work as mostly wheel-thrown and functional – she creates bowls, jugs, mugs and other vessels.

“I have two ranges of work, decorated earthenware using engobes, sgraffito and underglazes, and a range of stoneware using simple white, green and blue glazes,” Jenni said.

“I first trained as an art and ceramics teacher and after a career in teaching, I am now enjoying a second life, finally putting all my ideas and skills into making.”

As President of the East Cornwall Society of Artists, Jenni promotes the work of artists belonging to the Society through the Ebenezer Gallery in Polperro.

Her own work can be found in local galleries, craft fairs and online; to find out more, search, or on Instagram or Facebook.

Jenni has exhibited at Liskeard’s show for many years, and she says, “I’m delighted that the Cancer Research Art and Craft exhibition is taking place this year to raise money for an important charity.

Nicholas Smith

Born in 1960, the son of one of Britain’s greatest landscape artists, Caesar Smith, Nicholas began his artistic career shortly after leaving school in Peterborough.

Nicholas drew inspiration for his early work from the study of wildlife in his native Fens. His intricate watercolor studies of all things natural became highly collectable, leading to many sold-out exhibitions in the Midlands and London in the 1980s and 1990s.

With a dramatic relocation to the far west of Cornwall in 1997, Nicholas found the new surroundings offered a wonderful opportunity for his artistic talents to develop.

Nicholas, who is chairman of the St Just and District Cancer Research Committee, welcomes visitors to the studio at his home in the moors between Morvah and Madron, near Lanyon Quoit and Men-An-Tol.

“I’ve been exhibiting at the Cancer Research Show at Liskeard for probably five years now,” he says, “and I even opened the event a few years ago.

“It’s nice to be able to support one of the other units in our county, even if it’s quite a long time coming from the Penzance area!”


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