Website launch gives Cornish designer-makers a competitive
Hidden Art Cornwall is still less than a year old, but it
is already making an impact upon the designer-maker community
in Cornwall with the launch of its new website, www.hiddenartcornwall.co.uk.
The Hidden Art Cornwall website is fast becoming a valuable
resource for anyone wanting to source designer-makers and
design from Cornwall. Whether it is the public looking to
buy or commission unique design or retailers and galleries
seeking to identify designer-makers to supply and exhibit
work, all will be impressed by the wealth of creative talent
The designer-makers directory on www.hiddenartcornwall.co.uk
is a growing collection of Cornish design, with each member
having their own page under the eight categories of ceramics,
glass, jewellery, furniture, textiles, fashion accessories,
interior products and lighting.
James Maclachlan, a glass maker says: "The Hidden
Art Cornwall website presents my work to a wider consumer
market than would normally go to a gallery to see my work.
It has also increased traffic to my own website."
Sixixis, a new furniture business based in Redruth, run
by three graduates from the University College Falmouth's
3D Design degree course have been quick to benefit from www.hiddenartcornwall.co.uk
with a feature on their business published in the April edition
of Architects Journal, as a result of their presence on the
Hidden Art Cornwall website: "Publicity wise, Hidden
Art Cornwall gets your work out there, and creates opportunities
which is great," says one of the company's
founders, Chris Jarratt. "The website is already
getting results for us," he adds.
Sixixis are also the first members of Hidden Art Cornwall
to sell their work via the Hidden Art E-Shop, www.hiddenartshop.com,
having utilised it to launch their collection of unique steam
bent greenwood lighting.
Both the Hidden Art E-shop and the Hidden Art Cornwall website
provide opportunities for designer-makers in Cornwall to connect
to a wider market for their work: "It's good
to be part of something in Cornwall that also links us to
the rest of the country," says Tom Raffield of
to view the Hidden Art Cornwall designer-makers directory.
For further information please contact Jessie Higginson at
Hidden Art Cornwall on 01326 253696 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in CUC, both Phase 1 and Phase
2 through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Hidden Art Cornwall is a not-for-profit membership organisation
that supports and promotes designer-makers
who live or work in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, offering
companies and members of the public access to
Our aim at Hidden Art Cornwall is to improve access to information,
enable the exchange of ideas and expertise and offer a platform
for designer-makers to exhibit and sell work, products and
designs to key markets and the public.
Hidden Art Cornwall's growing membership is diverse
and drawn from across Cornwall. Some members are more design
led, working in product design outsourcing manufacturers,
while others work with a more studio based, handmade approach.
Hidden Art Cornwall is the pilot franchise of Hidden Art in
association with University College Falmouth.
Hidden Art is the trading name of Mazorca Projects, a not-for-profit
organisation. Over the past 10 years, Hidden Art has driven
the growth of the design sector in east London. The partners
and funders of Mazorca Projects have recognised the benefit
to designer-makers and the Department for Trade and Industry
has awarded funding to help replicate the Hidden Art success
story with its first franchise, Hidden Art Cornwall.
Hidden Art began in 1994 as a small open studios event showing
the work of 43 Hackney-based designermakers. A decade on,
it has developed into a unique network, supporting over 1,800
designer-makers and building links between the creative and
manufacturing industries and their clients. Contact: Yasmine
Chinwala, tel: +44 (0)20 7729 3800, email: email@example.com,
University College Falmouth is internationally known for its
undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art, design and
media. In 2003 the College opened the Design Centre, part
of a £130million development funded under the Combined
Universities in Cornwall initiative. The Design Centre provides
stunning new facilities for courses in Contemporary Crafts,
3D and Spatial Design, Textile Design and Garden Design. It
also houses the new Research Cluster in 3D Digital Production.
University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined
Universities in Cornwall initiative, which is 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. Contact:
Jilly Easterby, PR Officer, tel: +44 (0)1326 213792, email:
The Business Room at University College Falmouth houses a
3D design bureau offering some of the most modern equipment
in the country available for hire by local businesses. Based
in the business room are 13 incubatee businesses. These are
mainly graduates running a variety of design businesses including,
spatial designs, textile designers and product designers.
Incubatees can access expert mentoring, business space, computer,
IT support and access, telephone, desk and storage at an affordable
amount and are given a start up financial award. The Business
Room also provides desk space for four designer-makers on
The Crafts Council Next Move scheme. Contact: Vic Machon +44
(0)1326 370756, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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