St Andrews Arts Week Brochure 2023 v1 

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Welcome to St Andrews Arts Festival Week! 

We are delighted to welcome you to our eighth annual Arts Festival celebrating the creative arts in all their forms.

An exciting week lies ahead full of events and activities, ranging from exhibitions, walks, drama and circus performances to workshops, quiet reflection and interactive displays. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

This year our theme is “Over Sea, Under Stone” and offers us a chance to experience our local surroundings through fresh eyes. As usual, local artists, craftspeople, schools and young persons’ groups have created works in various media to express their individual take on our Festival theme. Exhibitors include artists Anne Pascoe, Pat Homer and Heather Tippen, photographer Jim Seth, glass artists Mel Louis-Smith and Patsy Lawrence, textile artist Cat Rowe, steam punk artist Nick Earl and members of the “Crafty People” group.

A packed programme of events kicks off with a circus performance by NewGen and a drama production by the Ellsie company. Historian Linda Beskeen will be leading a guided walk, various workshops for schools and the public are on offer, and, of course, we have our hugely popular “Poems, Pasties and Pints” night led by author Tamsin Spargo. Do look out for pop up events and activities occurring throughout the week. You can access these by visiting our website( or by following us on social media.

Finally, do join us across the week for our delicious lunches, refreshments and homemade cakes!I

We look forward to welcoming you during the week and hope that you will gain as much enjoyment from our festival as we have had in its  planning.

Lez, Fran, Linda, Sandra and Marion (Arts Festival team).

Unless stated otherwise, events are free. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of these events there will be an opportunity to do so on the day.

Calendar of Events

 Refreshments and lunches are available to purchase every day.

 Saturday 17th June

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition. Works by various artists and local young people.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Circus Skills workshop led by Cirque du Ciel

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Performance by Cirque du Ciel group Next Gen

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – “Dawn of the Emmets” – a comedy play performed by Ellsie Productions. Tickets £10 (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

 Sunday 18th June

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Family Holy Communion Service for Festival Week

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues


Monday 19th June

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Jewellery workshop led by silversmith Pete Probst

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Jewellery workshop led by Pete Probst.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Jewellery workshop led by Pete Probst

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Jewellery workshop led by Pete Probst

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – “Crafty People” group workshop


 Tuesday 20th June

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – “Over Sea, Under Stone” activities day for local schools.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Guided Walk – Trewirgie – led by Linda Beskeen

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. –  Dance Workshop – led by Fr Peter Fellows

 Wednesday 21st June

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Circus skills workshop and art morning for local schools

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Holy Communion Service

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues

 Thursday 22nd June

9:15 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – “Tiddlers” Toddlers group art morning

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – “Poems, Pasties and Pints” – an evening of poetry around our Festival theme led by Tamsin Spargo.


The Exhibition


Daily 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Sunday and Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)


Artists Anne Pascoe, Pat Homer and Heather Tippen exhibit works inspired by our Festival theme.


Glass artists Patsy Lawrence and Mel Louis Smith display examples of their different styles of glasswork. Patsy’s include her coasters, sun-catchers and wave designs in striking rainbow colours while Mel’s include her quirky fish, birds and picture designs in subtle blues, greens and whites.






Cat Rowe displays her hand crafted textile pictures and cards created from scrap fabric.





Nick Earl exhibits his quirky steam punk creations based around Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.


Photographer Jim Seth gives us a rolling slide show of local seascapes and mining landscapes.



” Crafty People ” display many of their wonderful handmade items.


Redruth School pupils, St Andrew’s Brownies and St Andrew’s Guides treat us to a young person’s eye view of “Over Sea, Under Stone”



The Events


Circus Skills Workshop and Performance – Saturday 17th 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Next Gen Circus


Circus charity Cirque du Ciel presents their high flying youth circus group ‘Next Gen’ offering free workshops for all, followed by a spectacular show featuring dizzying heights and high flying skills.

Aerial Workshops 1pm-2pm (free and for all ages)

Next Gen Circus Show 2.15pm

Performance by Ellsie Drama Company  Saturday 17th 7:30 p.m.

Dawn of the Emmets

written by David Carlisle.


This is the 12th of Elsie’s hugely popular comedy shows, written as always by the multi-talented David Carlisle, with a cast of actors from the Redruth area who love to delight their audiences with their hilarious performances and absurd but strangely compelling plots.
Dawn of the Emmets’ is set in 1962 at Goonhilly during the time of the Cuban Missile  Crisis and it is essential that nothing goes wrong, but with the incompetent Trezise Construction in charqe of the build,  a saboteur  and giant ants on the loose, who knows what could happen…
Over the years Elsie have built up a large following of loyal supporters, and this promises to be an enormously fun evening, so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! The play is suitable for children.
For tickets (£10) contact Lin on 01209 200737 or email:


Jewellery Workshops – Monday 20th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Led by silversmith Pete Probst Come along and learn how to make a pair of drop earrings or a textured ring for yourself or as a gift for someone special. Each session can hold a maximum of three people and booking in advance is essential. All materials are provided.

£15 per session. To book your place contact Lez on


“Crafty People” Workshop – Monday 19th 1:30 p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Our craft group meets each Monday afternoon at St Andrew’s. We love making, creating and learning new skills.

Come along and join us today as we learn how to make a beautiful flower brooch, have a cup of tea and a piece of cake. The workshop is led by Jane, one of our regular members.

£5 to cover the cost of materials


Guided Walk “Trewirgie” – Tuesday 20th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Led by Linda Beskeen

Trewirgie gives its name to several streets and a school on the south west of Redruth, but was once described covering a much larger area, stretching south to the slopes of Lanner Hill and bordering Churchtown and the Glebe on the west. Taking up most of the southern part of the manor of Tolgus, many interesting and significant people in the life of Redruth and Cornwall have lived and worked in this area. Our walk will last for 2 hours, exploring the stories & history of Trewirgie, and will be mostly on paved roads, with an optional muddy footpath section.  £5 (includes a cup of tea and a cake)


Dance Workshop – Tuesday 20th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Led by Fr. Peter Fellows


A two hour evening workshop based around our Festival theme. The evening will include a refreshments break and will finish with a chance for us to share our groundwork with one another. Please wear comfortable clothing.

This is a free event. However, donations towards costs would be appreciated.


 “Poems, Pasties and Pints” Thursday 22nd 7:30 – 9:30


An evening of poetry for all on this year’s festival theme. You’re invited to come along with one or two poems to share in a friendly get-together, enjoying a locally-made pasty (meat or vegetarian) which is included in your ticket price. We have a licensed bar too so you can buy your drink of choice too!


If you write, we’d love to hear one of your own poems, but most of us choose favourites, old and new. It’s lovely to hear everyone read their choices, but we have readers who will happily step up if you prefer. Please interpret the theme as imaginatively as you like. Stumped for a poem? Come anyway and enjoy the readings. It’s a lovely chance to discover new poetry of all kinds, from different cultures and for different moods.


7.30 to 9.30 pm Thursday 22nd June in St Andrew’s Crypt. Tickets cost £6 and include your choice of pasty. Please note advance booking is essential so that we can order the right pasties! To book a ticket, please contact Lez at