The quality of light and the breathtaking landscape of the Isles of Scilly attracts artist of all types with many utilising the physical environment to complement the natural beauty to create something truly unique and special.

There are studios doted around all over the place and, as you would expect, St Mary’s, being largest island, offers the widest choice but let’s look at the off-islands first.

 

On Bryher you will find the studio of Richard Pearce next to the post office. Richard was born on the islands and the influence of the sea is clearly evident in his contemporary artwork which has been exhibited widely across leading art galleries over the last twenty years.

 

It’s also worth popping into Hell Bay Hotel just to see some of the Tresco art collection, more of which is on display in the Flying Boat Club on Tresco itself, where you will also find Gallery Tresco. The gallery hosts regular exhibitions between March and November from new and established artists. In addition the gallery stocks works from sculptors, potters and jewellers and an assortment of creative giftware.

On St Martin’s look out for Fay Page’s open studio. Fay creates beautiful jewellery ranging from bangles, cufflinks and earrings to rings, neck chains and wrist chains. Even the cabinets have been made using old ship’s timbers giving the studio a truly Scillonian feel.

 

Scilly Threads on St Agnes is a new initiative by local resident Emily Sladen, a graduate in Textile Design from the University of Leeds, who creates handmade children’s clothing and homeware from recycled materials. Also on St Agnes you will find Potbuoys gallery, which sells work from local artists and craftspeople as well as a variety of jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and textiles.

 

The Phoenix Gallery on St Mary’s houses a collective of artists and makes for a good morning or afternoon out. The studio is owned by Oriel Hicks, who makes fused and Tiffany glass for the tourist trade and created the new stained glass window in St Agnes church. Oriel also offers a variety of workshops on the premises so visitors can take home their own creation. So too does Liz Askins, who creates hand-painted 100% silk scarves and ties.

 

Vickie Heaney specialises in original screen prints and linocuts inspired by the islands’ wildlife and marine heritage and also creates hand-decorated bone china and upcycled vintage crockery.

 

Further offerings in the studios include The Scilliest Thing where graphic designer Julia Williams creates fabric designs which are then transferred by heat onto polyester material and transformed into cards, pictures and decorative items for the home.

 

Abbigail Hutchins offers the very Scilly Chocolate Company, providing toothsome handmade treats including chocolate bars (obviously), fudge, lollipops and truffles while Erica Hicks with Nautilus Scilly creates practical items made from recycled fabrics and leather.

 

The Porthloo Studios are another place to spend a bit of time to enjoy great variety of artistry. The studios are home to artists who provide something different; artist Peter Macdonald Smith creates figurative and abstract paintings, Scilly Gems offers handmade jewellery by Carly Player and Scilly Socks, owned by Sue Seddon, produces the most amazing hand made socks which simply must be seen to be believed.

 

Also in Porthloo is Glandore Gallery where Stephen Morris who produces original watercolour and ink paintings as well as giclee prints and cards.

 

If you are in town then do pop into the Silver Street Gallery, owned by landscape artist Steve Sherris and you will find others galleries dotted around the islands so be sure to check them all out while you are here.

 

He is also a member of the editorial team of the Isles of Scilly Bird and Natural History Review published annually on behalf of the Isles of Scilly Bird Group, and which also features many of his black and white illustrations.

 

Ren has spent much of his professional life as a bird illustrator, having had his work published in many books and magazines.

He is now concentrating more on the renewed production of his fish sculptures (which he started producing over 15 years ago, when living on Tresco) and is recently branching out to drawn portraits of both people and animals.

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Ren Hathway

Ren has spent much of his professional life as a bird illustrator, having had his work published in many books and magazines.

He is now concentrating more on the renewed production of his fish sculptures (which he started producing over 15 years ago, when living on Tresco) and is recently branching out to drawn portraits of both people and animals.

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