They Told Me a Tale

Penryn Museum, Higher Market Street, Penryn, TR10 8LT

Friday 22 May 2015 – Wednesday 24 June 2015
12-4pm Saturday 23rd May
Opening Hours: 10am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday + Special Event openings


The History Laboratory
22nd-25th May, 10am - 5pm daily

New Expressions Launch Event

Sea Shanties and Artist Talks in The History Laboratory
23rd May 3pm - 5pm

Field Notes CIC presents two exhibitions and a series of one off events exploring the intriguing and eclectic collection of Penryn Museum.

They Told Me A Tale presents new work by two artists, Richard Baines and Matthew Benington as part of national scheme New Expressions 3, that unlocks the creative potential of museums. Both artists travelled through time and local history to make new work. Richard followed the travels of a narwhal tusk from Penryn to Canada and back to Penryn; discovering shanties that chart early voyages to Newfoundland. Matt’s journey into the museum’s collection focused on discovering the stories and faces of the town; his large scale etching is based on an old photograph of Penryn Town Hall and Museum.

For the weekend of the Penryn Arts Festival, 22-25th May, the rooms above the museum will also be taken over by The History Laboratory; an exhibition of work by Falmouth University Fine Art and Contemporary Craft students, testing out different approaches to making work inspired by Penryn’s past; from bizarre newspaper clippings, to a dysfunctional fire service and a unique loving cup.

The launch event for both exhibitions is Saturday 23rd May.


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