Rose Hatcher left Truro School in 2003 and went on to pursue her artistic talent. In 2011 she opened the Fish Factory Art Space on Falmouth Wharves which now celebrates five years at the forefront of Falmouth’s independent art scene.
This auspicious event is being marked with a party on 3rd June from 6pm and everyone is welcome. Expect lots of artwork, performances, games, food, drink and of course the famous melon raffle! Fish Factory founder and curator, Rose Hatcher will be presenting an archive of colourful happenings from years gone by and also some of the ‘collection’ of forgotten art and ephemera for your delectation and amusement.
The Fish Factory opened it’s doors at the end of May 2011 as an independent gallery, artist studios and event space. In the five years since opening the space has become a haven for local emerging artists, student hopefuls and graduates looking to continue their practice in Cornwall. The artist studios have provided essential affordable work space while Rose’s open and accommodating attitude has enabled a diverse array of artists working in countless different forms and media to develop and exhibit their work.
Rose Hatcher has worked with many volunteers over the five years to create a vibrant space, with experimentation and inclusivity at it’s core.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve made it this far, through all the challenges of running a DIY grassroots art space in a temporary premises. Massive thanks to the many people who have made it possible and who have joined in the strange and wonderful things which have happened here so far”.
By championing the work of outsider artists working with topics such as art for social change, challenging gender stereotypes, global politics and alternative culture, the Fish Factory hopes to help propel Cornwall towards being an active participant in current contemporary practice while questioning how art and culture are produced and consumed in our society.
The Fish Factory has been host to a hugely diverse range of events over the years: stand up comedy, performance art, live music, food and drink. Meanwhile the gallery has exhibited work from both Cornish and international artists. Making links with other centres in the UK and inviting artists from overseas for residencies and exhibitions has been an important part of the Fish Factory’s remit, something which Rose sees as vital for Cornwall’s sometimes limited cultural perspective. The evening is part of a fundraising drive to raise money for a group of artists to visit Fish Factory Iceland – a strikingly similar project with the same name in the isolated East Fjords of Iceland run by Rosa Voltingojer. This could be the beginning of a regular exchange program and pave the way for at least another five years of Fish Factory arts!