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Open Studios & Exhibition at the Shire Hall Gallery

Ashley Hanson - Open Studios

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Type: Exhibition

Both artists welcome the public to their working studios, surrounded by an exhibition of their paintings. It’s a unique opportunity to meet and talk to the artists and watch them at work. Ashley and Sara have collaborated before, most recently in their exhibition ‘The Edge of Landscape’ at The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon.

Since moving to Bodmin in 2005, Ashley has established a national reputation, with his intensely coloured paintings of Cornish harbour towns and his recent ‘City of Glass’ series, inspired by Paul Auster’s novel ‘The New York Trilogy’. During ‘Open Studios’ Ashely will be working on his new series ’20 Books = 20 Paintings’, based on the crime novels from around the world, that he reads obsessively. He is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and has shown extensively including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, National Open Art Competition and The Discerning Eye.

Sara’s work is informed by nature and landscape. After a career in animation, including producing and directing the award winning ‘Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids’ Sara returned to her Fine Art roots in 2007 and since then has gone on to produce series of paintings inspired by Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly, Scotland and the Peak District, where she grew up. She has exhibited at the RWA Open, Raw Rich at PZ Gallery, Penzance and later this year has a solo show at the Tig Gallery in Scotland.


The exhibition runs from Monday 28th May - Saturday 16th June.

Opening Times: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm.

The Shire Hall Gallery is situated up the stairs, above the Tourist Information Centre.


 As a grand finale on Saturday 16th June, the artists will be hanging up their brushes and showcasing their new work. Come and share a glass of wine with the artists from 1pm – 5pm.

To view their work see &

Contact Details

Shire Hall
Mount Folly
PL31 2DQ

Tel: +44 01208 76616


Event Facilities

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Event


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Chairlift access to gallery
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Road Directions

From A30 take the sliproad to Bodmin. Follow the road until you reach a mini-roundabout by Morrisons Supermarket. Go straight on here and proceed until you reach a second min-roundabout by a large Church, St Petrocs. Turn left and go up the hill towards a set of traffic lights. As you come up to the traffic lights, look to your right and you will see the Shire Hall on Mount Folly.

Public Transport Directions

From Padstow, Wadebridge, Liskeard and Plymouth - Go Cornwall Bus No. 11A

From Truro, St Austell and Lanivet - First Kernow Bus No. 27