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Falmouth creatives savour the sweet taste of success

Creative Falmouth, a website celebrating Falmouth's extraordinary range of creative enterprise, has added a whole new set of profiles focusing on some of the town's hottest talents, from visual artists and writers to ceramicists and automata makers.

Joanna Stevens, a student on University College Falmouth's MA Professional Writing course who has been helping co-ordinate the site at, said: "We've found a wealth of people doing innovative work across all sorts of media, and it's been fascinating to talk to them about why they're here and what Falmouth means to them."

Falmouth's uniquely fertile creative atmosphere is something that emerges vividly from many of the interviews on the site. The internationally renowned automata maker and artist Carlos Zapata describes how: "I used to have a studio in London, but nobody spoke to one another there. Here everybody speaks."

Freelance writer Clare Howdle also values the fact that Falmouth combines a huge pool of creativity with a special kind of intimacy that simply can't be found in a big-city environment. "If someone's doing something interesting, in such a small community you're really likely to meet them and get involved," she said.

Amongst the profiles in the design section of the site is Tessa Gendall, managing director of the leading creative agency Gendall Design. Tessa describes how the best part of her day is: "Walking down the hill to work every morning to our new studio that overlooks the harbour, knowing I'm going to be embracing a challenging, dynamic, creative day with my team."

The profile on conceptual artist and VJ (video jockey) Brendan Byrne describes how he uses visual images to control the parameters of sound. Brendan has recently been touring Europe with the collaborative group VJ Theory to put on gigs at festivals in Paris and Geneva, as well as a performance at Tate Britain in London.

Also in the visual arts section is Susan Boafo, who last year outclassed competition from 833 other entries to land a top prize in the Visions of Science & Technology Photography Awards, backed by the Daily Telegraph. Susan's stunning image, entitled 'Speaking with the Sun', combines art and science to 'spell out' the scientific formula for photosynthesis, with letters formed by thousands of microscopic algae.

As well as offering insights into what makes Falmouth one of the most vibrant creative communities in the UK and details of upcoming arts-related events in the area, the site is a visually rich experience, with each profile illustrated by a portrait taken by a University College Falmouth's student photographer studying BA (Hons) Photography.

For further information about MA Professional Writing at University College Falmouth, visit writing; email or telephone 01326 214374.

In April 2008, University College Falmouth merged with Dartington College of Arts to create a new institution focusing on the expansion of Falmouth's expertise in Art, Design and Media and Dartington's expertise in Choreography, Music, Theatre, Art and Writing.

The merger will pave the way for a new specialist Arts University in Cornwall in 2012, creating a Higher Education institution unique to the South West.

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education, funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


Editor's notes: was launched in July 2007. The site was planned and written by students on MA Professional Writing course at University College Falmouth, working closely with the Falmouth-based design agency Brandlab.

The College's MA in Professional Writing is a one-year, intensive course that allows students to explore a variety of specialist options including fiction, creative non-fiction, features journalism, writing creatively for business and TV scriptwriting.  Graduates of the course are working in a wide range of writing and editorial roles across the media industry. 

For further information about, please contact Tom Scott, Senior Lecturer MA Professional Writing, telephone: 01326 370481 or email:


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