Welcome to the annual 

St Andrew’s 

Arts Festival Week!

Our fifth annual festival week is here and is, as usual, full of wonderful events that celebrate the creative arts.
From exhibitions, walks and workshops to concerts, quiet reflection and interactive dis-plays there is something for everyone to enjoy. This year our theme – “Look Up” – offers the chance to look at our world from a different perspective. Local artists, craftspeople, performers, musicians and pupils from Pennoweth, Trewirgie and Redruth schools have created works in various media to express their individual take on the theme.
We are thrilled to welcome vertical dance company Yskynna who have performed at venues such as the Maritime Museum. This amazing group perform on ropes, silks and trapezes and have designed a site specific work for our festival. Performances are suitable for all ages and take place on two days of the week.
Exhibitors this year include Portreath based artist Elizabeth Rowe and photographers Jason Hoole-Jackson and Jim Seth. Glassworker Mel Louis-Smith, veneer craftsman David Woolley, wood turner Dave Doble, silversmith Pete Probst, and members of the “Crafty People” group are exhibiting many examples of their beautiful handmade crafts.
We have a packed events programme as usual including guided walks led by historian Linda Beskeen – two this year, one to Carn Brea and one around the town to find out what can be discovered by looking up – and author Tamsin Spargo returns to host an evening of poetry around our festival theme. There will be time for quiet reflection during our evening of contemplation and meditation, and there will be other pop up events occurring throughout the week so visit our website or follow social media for more information.
Finally do join us for some wonderful musical experiences – the amazing, ever popular Young Persons Showcase Concert featuring many talented children and young people from across our community; and a fantastic gala concert to finish our festival week given by our very own Redruth Town Band.
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 planning it.
Lez, Linda, Fran and Marion (Arts Festival organisers)
Unless stated otherwise, events are free. If you would like to make a donation towards the costs of the events there will be an opportunity to do so.

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

Calendar of Events

Refreshments and lunches are available to buy every day.

Saturday 15th June

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition. Works by Elizabeth Rowe, Jason Hoole-Jackson, Jim Seth, Mel Louis-Smith, David Wooley, Dave Doble, Pete Probst, members of the “Crafty People” group and pupils from Pennoweth , Redruth and Trewirgie schools.
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Craft and Flea Market including Book Sale
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Open rehearsals by Yskynna

Sunday 16th June

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Family Holy Communion Service with Sunday Club for children
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Open rehearsals by Yskynna
Monday 17th June
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues
10:30 a.m. – Performance by Yskynna Vertical Dance Company
11:30 a.m. – Performance by Yskynna Vertical Dance Company
1:30 p.m.. – Performance by Yskynna Vertical Dance Company
2:00 p.m. – Schools Workshop led by Yskynna
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – members of the “Crafty People” group will be on hand to talk about their work and give help and advice on all things craft related.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – an hour of contemplation and meditation led by Rev. Angela Brown.
Tuesday 18th June
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues
10:30 a.m. – Performance by Yskynna Vertical Dance Company
11:30 a.m. – Performance by Yskynna Vertical Dance Company
1:30 p.m.. – Performance by Yskynna Vertical Dance Company
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Guided Walk to Carn Brea with local historian Linda Beskeen
6:30 p.m. – Young Persons Showcase Concert. An evening celebrating the talents of young people in the Redruth area. Taking part are local schools, dance and drama groups and choirs.
Wednesday 19th June
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Guided Walk with local historian Linda Beskeen- in the town.
10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. – Holy Communion Service
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – “TOAST” – a group for young people aged 10 and 11
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – ” Poems, Pasties and Pints – an evening of poetry on the theme of ‘Look Up’ led by Dr Tamsin Spargo.
Thursday 20th June
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Art and Craft Exhibition continues
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – open morning for “Tiddlers” toddler group
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Gala Concert by Redruth Town Band.

Yskynna Vertical Dance Company
Yskynna Vertical Dance Company welcomes you to a web experience of Vertical Dance
Yskynna are a vibrant company based in Cornwall who believe in making and taking ex-traordinary performance to new heights!
With sights set on non traditional venues, high walls, cliff faces, tall buildings and large open spaces, Yskynna welcome new challenges and the chance to create in such inspiring places.
With our work we aim to generate and invig-orate audiences, and we recognise the value of gifted/free performance accessible for all, which enables us to reach a wider demo-graphic of the public. We are determined to entrust our legacy to the youth which are at the heart of all of our educational and out-reach initiatives, by building long lasting links with schools and communities.
Yskynna events are free but donations towards festival costs would be appreciated.

Lockdown Art - the Arts Festival 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to LOCKDOWN ART – Redruth Churches Virtual Arts Festival for 2020. Normally at this time of the year St Andrews is bursting at the seams with amazing art and craft work and exciting events, and is ringing with the sound of children’s laughter as they take part in our specially designed activities. 

But now the church stands empty and silent – no paintings, no walks or workshops, no concerts, no children. 

However, thanks to the wonders of technology and an enthusiasm to keep the festival going in spite of Covid 19, we have put together a gallery of all the fantastically creative things that people have been making, doing and creating since lockdown began.  Enjoy! Lez.

Performance Art-
Ellie age 10

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's original self portrait

Lydia's interpretation of the Frida Kahlo painting.

The Art of Wood Sculpting- David Doble

I first started woodturning on retirement as I always had an interest in wood and DIY. For me the pleasure is turning just a lump of wood into a useful or attractive item.Also each species of wood has its own beautiful grain or figuring and find the finished item extremely tactile in fact one of Mother Nature’s gifts.

Lez has been busy in the craft room (and garden) - here's a sample! More soon!

Lez spent a good deal of Lockdown either in the garden or sorting the 56 photograph albums.

Dandy Lions by Jenny Jacka

“ I’ve spent the last four months keeping myself busy making a cross stitch cushion. It was meant to be something to do whilst on holiday in Spain!"

 Mary Pink

“Most of this knitting is for my seven-year-old granddaughter, who lives in Cambridgeshire.  She loves playing with her dolls.  One of the pictures is her attempt at drawing a frog.  Another picture is of baby clothes I knit for the children of Malawi.  You will also see the pasties I have made during the lockdown.  Jill Robins”

Sue Pearce's Quilt

I’ll call this picture, my ‘I’ll get around to that one day’ project.


I’m sure we all have these projects – started but not quite finished. Well this is just one of mine, a first attempt at sewing a quilt but which got packed up and put back in the sewing cupboard where it lay neglected and forgotten for several years, buried under piles of other unused ‘good intention’ fabrics. So, in the last few weeks with time on my side, it is now completed. Hoorah!

Blustery Day by Sennen Fanshawe age ‘nearly’ 7

‘Guess the TV Shows’ by Grace Macindoe

Flower from Grandma’s garden by Veryan Fanshawe – May 2020 (2)

‘You Toucan Go’ by Veryan Fanshawe age 9¾.

Nature Art – Koala Bear by Sennen Fanshawe May 2020

Art works by Andy Cunningham

a photographic scene of Hope by Len Cunningham and a message! 


This is photo of Robin’s shed that he made from recycled wood, glass and metal that we had at home and in the garden at the beginning of lockdown. He’s never done anything like this before so it was a real learning curve.

Some more craft by Lez- notebook and covers for the grandchildren. 

A photo of the camper van blanket. 
Knitted very slowly at Monday afternoon’s Crafty People


Two Pieces of embroidery by Margaret Saville 

Cat by Ellie Thurston

Below are pictures inspired by the mud lady at Heligan  and the stories of Winnie the Pooh.

Caroline Stewart

Margaret Johnson and the art of baking

Sheila Meyers crafts in Lockdown

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The Art of Baking in the Saville household with Cakes by Terry and Jess (Jeff (left) is a work of art by a higher power ) 


Sue Thomas ( Jelbert)  
I do needle felting ( animals, pictures, cards etc. ) and have also just started doing wet felting. 

Been hoping to do a craft stall somewhere one day….but who knows when that will happen. Since Lockdown I have been making even more things. Here is just a small example of what I have been making. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of Sue’s work you can contact her on v.s.thomas@btinternet.com

Each arts festival one of the highlights is Tamsin’s Poems, Pasties and Pints evenings which has grown in popularity. In the spirit of those occasions Tamsin has a couple of poems suitable for this tricky time.

Susan Kenward

Polymer Clay pictures - contact Susan at susankenward10@yahoo.com if youwould like to buy one.

Sandra Ager

topsy turvy dolls

Jim has spent Lockdown writing and telling stories mainly for children. Often these have been in response to a story challenge where children as young as 3 have provided 6 words thatthe story must be about! There are lots more here  https://www.readers-chaplain.org.uk/stories-for-families/

Gaynor Celebrates the Fire Service

These dolls are used to comfort  children rescued from fires

St Andrews Redruth
Crafty People
2pm each Monday
St Andrews Crypt.

A Video of Jason's Photography

These are real Lockdown paintings…..I haven’t done any painting since school, but since lockdown I discovered painting tutorials on Facebook and utube, so I have been recreating famous works of art with acrylic paint. I do one every Friday afternoon, and I absolutely love it! My kitchen and dining room are now covered, and I am discovering Monet, Van Gogh, Efemov, Matisse etc…….And there’s one here that isn’t by a famous artist, it’s by me….from a photo I saw of the Cornish coast!  Sue

Kathy's Lockdown Beef Wellington and more.....


Pie and Mike have been unable to leave Turkey and travel home. 

Having enjoyed looking at all the marvellous arts and crafts I thought I would send you a picture my covid 19 effort.  Apart from reading books twice and watching Netflix,  it’s something that helped keep me sane.


I came to Turkey hoping for beautiful spring walks and dips in the warm med!  What I got was a 13 week lockdown with little to do!  I bought with me a small piece of material, one reel of cotton, one needle and 6 pins.  I made my covid beach-dress with the help of a pair of nail scissors and lots of hand stitching!!!


 We are Hoping to return mid August.  Still difficult to be sure if flights are happening; dates change daily! 

Hoping to be able to be with you all soon.  Miss everyone so much.


Loads of love,