John Dyer: Painting the Colours of the World

SOAK up the joyful colours and be transported to distant shores at Falmouth Art Gallery's forthcoming exhibition ‘John Dyer: Painting the Colours of the World'. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of Cornwall's best loved artists, John Dyer, on the occasion of his 50th Birthday.

John, who lives and works in Falmouth, is widely known for his distinctive style, vivid use of colour and ability to capture the essence of his subjects.

On display will be a selection of the artist's paintings from the early 1990's to the present day, with a focus on his global projects alongside garden paintings and much loved works from Cornwall.

The exhibition will be accompanied a series of free talks and workshops for all ages. On Friday 20 April there will be an exhibition ‘walk and talk' at 11 am followed by the exhibition preview that evening from 6- 8 pm. There is an exciting programme of family art workshops with activities taking place from 11 am - 3 pm on the first Saturday of each month and Tuesday-Thursdays in the school holidays. There will also be a series of workshops available for schools and community groups.

A new 300 page hardback A4 full colour book about John Dyer's work is being published to coincide with the exhibition. Edited by Kate Richards (a former director of Falmouth Art Gallery) and featuring contributions and interviews from a wide variety of people involved with John's work including Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Sir Tim Smit and Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE. The book will closely follow the exhibition and be available exclusively from Falmouth Art Gallery and the John Dyer Gallery.


FALMOUTH Art Gallery has been awarded £8000 by the National Lottery through Arts Council England for an exciting new collaborative exhibition.  The enigmatic Andrew Lanyon has worked with a collective of Cornish artists to stage: ‘Nature’s Laboratory – A Fantasy’.  It can be seen at Falmouth Art Gallery until 10 March 2018.

This quirky exhibition features an exciting array of drawings, paintings, sculptures, automata and moving mechanisms.  Immerse yourself in the tale of ‘Nature’ who is hard at work in her laboratory creating the emotions.  Distracted by her work she is unaware of what her robot assistants are getting up to!

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of exciting talks, workshops and events for the whole family.  Please visit for full details.

Andrew Lanyon writes of the exhibition: ‘All we can really say about what follows is we are pretty certain none of it happened.  And ‘certainty’ is a wonderful thing.  Creating unlikely scenarios, however, can throw up ideas which help loosen the concrete in which are set the rocks of belief.’
Donna Williams, Access and Interpretation Manager commented: ‘We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Andrew and his collective of artists on this fantastic exhibition.  Yet again our audience has the opportunity to be challenged, amused and delighted by Andrew’s unique and accessible approach.  We are incredibly grateful to the National Lottery through Arts Council England for their support’.

The exhibition hangs alongside the gallery’s new ‘Faces of Cornwall’ exhibition featuring portraits of Cornish men, women and children from the 17th Century to the present day.

‘Nature’s Laboratory: A Fantasy’ can be seen at Falmouth Art Gallery until 10 March, ‘Faces of Cornwall’, can be seen until14 April 2018.  Falmouth Art Gallery is open from Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, admission free.  For information on this exhibition please contact Donna Williams on 01326 313863 or

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A new home for the Tuke collection

Falmouth Art Gallery is now officially the home of the RCPS Tuke Collection, a collection of 280 paintings by the prestigious Falmouth artist Henry Scott Tuke. The works have been loaned to the gallery over 5 years by the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society.

The gallery is delighted that John F. Tonkin, the former Co-Curator of the RCPS Tuke Collection, has agreed to become the collection's Honorary Curator. John has always been a great friend and supporter of the gallery and brings with him a wealth of irreplaceable knowledge.

Staff at the gallery are happy to offer store tours of the collection, please call 01326 313 863 if you are making a special visit.