Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

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Sons and Daughters of the Soil

28 March - 13 June 2015

To coincide with 2015: United Nations International Year of Soils, this exhibition celebrates the life-supporting properties of soil and considers the many ways in which soil was represented by the artists of the Newlyn School alongside a selection of work by present-day artists Joanne Elks, Kurt Jackson, Philip Lyons and Michael Strang.  From farming to gardening, artists such as Stanhope Forbes, Fred Hall, Harold Harvey, Edwin Harris and Walter Langley, showed their subjects working the earth with skill and industry. Cornish clay was also the basis for innovation by the pioneers of ceramic production, and the exhibition includes a selection of eighteenth century Creamware and Bristol porcelain, as well as examples of twentieth century studio ceramics, including Leach Pottery. 

Image: Harold Harvey, 'Anemones' 1926, Private Collection

See our Exhibitions page for more on this and a list of past and future exhibitions 


Saturday family drop-in workshops from 2.30pm - 3.30pm - no booking necessary!

Saturday 28 March: Pop-Up Easter Cards - create and eggs-citing Easter greeting card using our colourful craft materials.

Saturday 4 April: Egg-cellent Easter decorations - come along and decorate an egg to celebrate!

Saturday 11 April: Paper Gardens - be inspired by the exhibition to make your own 3D garden from card.

Saturday 18 April: Patterned Pots - be inspired by the ceramics in the exhibition to make your own patterned pot from modelling dough.

Saturday 25 April: Moo-mentous masks - have a go at making your own animal mask using collage materials.

Easter Holiday children's workshops

Did you know 2015 is the United Nations International Year of Soils? 

To celebrate this, the spring exhibition at Penlee House is Sons and Daughters of the Soil, looking at how artists have represented soil in their work. 

Join us during the Easter holidays when we’ll be getting arty with soil!  Come along and explore the incredible diversity of life found in soil and be inspired to produce your own creative masterpiece. 

Tuesday 31 March 2015 10.00am-12.00pm

Creature features

Find out all about the creatures who live in healthy soil with Dr Daro, our soil expert, and then try your hand at painting their portraits! 

Tuesday 7 April 2015 10.00am-12.00pm

Crafty clay creatures

Take a closer look at soil with our soil expert, Dr Daro, and see if you can spot any of the creatures who make it their home.  Create a model of your super soil beastie using a brilliant soil product, clay.     

For ages 7-13; £4.50 per place; booking essential – please contact the gallery on 01736 363625 to book.