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Open studios with Ashley Hanson and Janie Macdonald

Ashley Hanson

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Type: Exhibition

Open Studios with Ashley and Janie at the Shire Hall Gallery

It’s that time of year again when our two local artists Ashley Hanson and Janie M McDonald will be transforming  Bodmin’s Shire Hall Gallery into a studio and exhibition space for three weeks from Saturday 27th  May. This is a wonderful opportunity to come and see the creative process of two very different artists alongside a selection of their recent work.

Talking about Open Studios Ashley says ‘I have produced some of my strongest work in the Shire Hall it’s such a wonderful space and I love the opportunity to work on a large scale. One of the paintings I made last year ‘City of  Glass 31’ – ( A Study in Violet) was short listed for the Connect 2 Colour Art Prize at Lacey Contemporary  Gallery  in London and has recently been long listed for the Jacksons Art Prize. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside Janie again and talking to visitors about the work in progress’.

Janie studied ceramics, textiles and print making and ‘stitch and constructed textiles’ at Art College and her work reflects her love of mixed media. ‘  I like to start with a sketch and then see what ideas are generated by thinking about all the aspects of the subject. I sometimes collect objects and photographs and use those too. From sketches, I start experimenting with ideas and materials, around the nature of the subject, and see where it takes me. I work with a wide range of materials and techniques: paint, drawing, mark making, textiles, printmaking, stitch and I then construct collages editing the elements as I go along.’

The Gallery can be found above the Visitors Centre at the Shire Hall. Opening Times: 

Saturday 28th May – Saturday 18th June, Mon- Fri 10-4 and Sat 10-5


You can view Ashley and Janie‘s work online at  and




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Contact Details

Shire Hall
Mount Folly Square
PL31 2DQ

Tel: +44 01208 76616

Opening Times

27 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017

* Monday to Friday - 10:00am- 4.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm



  • Accept Children over 7

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

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Switch 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.