The Art Room is a quirky former furniture store in Knight’s Arcade opposite the cinema in the heart of Redruth. We have turned it into a warm, friendly environment to relax and get creative in with no pressures or expectations other than that you take time to do something just for you.
We have a core programme of weekly creative sessions for adults and children, plus a rolling programme of art lessons and guest artist workshops that run alongside that. We also run parties for children and adults, team building sessions, evening events and are open to other suggestions of ways to support the creativity of our fabulous community!
Facilities at The Art Room
The Art Room is located at the end of the covered arcade we share with Home Ground Coffee Shop, and consists of one large room, a small bar, a kitchen and two toilets – one of which is wheelchair friendly. Access is via three small steps on one one side of the door, or a ramp on the other side making it accessible for people with mobility issues. The main area has a painted wooden floor and is furnished with four extendable tables plus a couple of cabinets and a map chest. There is free WiFi and an iMac available with Spotify and a decent speaker for music. The kitchen has a fridge, a double sink, a 10L hot water urn, a kettle and a microwave. The tables are set up to host our regular workshops but can be moved as required and the space is available to hire for meetings, parties and other kinds of events.
Who’s behind The Art Room?
The Art Room is the fulfilment of a long-term ambition of Tina Varcoe, a former teacher who grew up in Cornwall and moved to Redruth in 2011. Tina taught at Cornwall College for 12 years, working with A Level students, undergraduates, young people who had been removed from mainstream school and adults with mental health issues, then took over the children’s art groups at Truro Arts. While there, she started her ‘art clubs for grown-ups’ and when she moved on to a role supporting young people with the Real Ideas Organisation, she kept up her adult art groups as a sideline, but eventually decided to make that her full time role. Tina has a teaching qualification, a lot of experience and is fully DBS checked