Creative milestone celebrated

Posted in News by Camborne Town Deal ON 11th July 2023

Create Contemporary Crafts Hub (CCCH) in Camborne has celebrated a major milestone in its development.

To mark the completion of phase one of the hub’s refurbishment, guests were invited to see what’s been happening and to view some of the impressive work being created there – including the mosaic running floor to ceiling across more than ten walls in and around the toilets. Led by Camborne based artist Alec Rice, the mosaic’s beautifully crafted images tell Camborne’s story by charting the course of the Red River.

CCH is run by Create CIC and housed in the Grade II* listed Donald Thomas Centre. One of eleven projects to be funded through the Government’s Town Deal initiative, the community interest company was launched by creatives and educators Angela Hatherell and Jane Smith. Courses in ceramics, warm glass and jewellery have been running since 2021 and the programme will be expanded once the refurbishment works are complete.

“Our entrance hall has been opened up into what will become a welcoming gallery where objects and artefacts made here at CCCH can be displayed,” said Angela Hatherell.

“The second phase is the construction of a new fully equipped and accessible pottery and the third phase will include the refurbishment of the glass studio with a plaster room and cold working rooms, and a mezzanine above for jewellers’ workspaces.

“We’re delighted with the progress made to date and are very proud of the truly extraordinary mosaic and the work our students are producing here. 

“Passionate about creativity’s ability to inspire and empower, we want this facility to provide something for everyone – community creativity for mental and physical wellbeing and professional artists alike. 

“It’s been our dream and, thanks to capital funding from Camborne Town Deal and the EU’s Community Led Local Development (CLLD), the dream is becoming reality.”

For more information, visit the Create CIC website.

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