Studio news

It’s been a bit hectic here, with lots on the go in the studio and elsewhere, and I must apologise for letting this website slip a little.  I will try to pull my socks up a bit this winter and update it properly, in advance of the 10 year anniversary of The Padstow Studio, in March next year.  We are still deciding how to celebrate that …….

Meanwhile, all I have to report is our winter opening hours.  As in previous years, the gallery will be open by appointment only in November, but we will be up and running again in time for the Padstow food festival at the start of December, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 – 1 and 2 – 4, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Sarah Adams, 'Diggory's Arch: spring tide study 2, oil on board, 18 x 43 cm

Sarah Adams, 'Diggory's Arch: spring tide study 2', oil on board, 18 x 43 cm .

15 for 15: new paintings by Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams, 'Porth', oil on linen, 70 x 120 cm

Sarah Adams, ‘Porth’, oil on linen, 70 x 120 cm

There will be a new collection of 4 canvases and 11 oil studies by Sarah Adams on show from April 2nd – 25th, on subjects ranging from Trebarwith and Polzeath, to Whipsiderry and Nanjizal.  Gallery opening times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11 – 1 and 2 – 5, but we are happy to arrange an appointment for anyone wishing to view the exhibition at other times.  Please note, the gallery will be closed for Good Friday on April 3rd.

An opening and (temporary) closing

Sarah Adams, Polzeath to Pentire, oil on linen, 75 x 225 cm

Sarah Adams, Polzeath to Pentire, oil on linen, 75 x 225 cm

The gallery will be closed from November 2nd until the Padstow Festival weekend, in early December.  It will still be possible to visit by appointment during November, just call us on 01841 533777 and we’ll be happy to arrange that.

Meanwhile, a new collection of paintings by Sarah Adams will be exhibited from November 19th to 29th at The Maas Gallery in London, including subjects from Polzeath, Chapel Porth, Bedruthan and Trevone.  Full details and a catalogue of works can be viewed online at

Open again, just in time for Easter

sarah-adams-chapel-porth-summer-oil-on-linen-100-x-100-cmLooking back at my extraordinarily infrequent posts, they always seem to be notice of closing for November, or re-opening, but I haven’t even managed to do that this time!  Just in case anyone has checked this site since New Year, or walked past the gallery while the blinds have been down, I must apologise.  Fairly radical renovation to the middle bit of the building over the past few months has completely taken over, with boxes piled high downstairs, and furniture stored on the first floor.

Happily, the gallery is open again, I have a lovely new workroom which will be visible from the 1st floor landing, there’s new work on the walls, and more arriving very soon. Lynn Golden has just delivered two large pastels, and Kim Bentley has let me have some of her new London pieces, as well as lovely Cornish ones of Brea Hill.  We also hope to have a new series of pots by James Campbell next week, and some of my own work will be ready to exhibit here shortly.

So, my apologies again for the silence.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the gallery, and showing off the new work and renovated spaces.  Opening hours from now until November are as usual: every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 – 1 and 2 – 5, with the exception of Good Friday and May Day.  Please do get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit at any other time.

Chris Thomas: latest work

chris-thomas-st-breward-rain-approaching-from-delabole-3-x-4-oil-on-boardChris has just delivered four extraordinary new pieces, including ‘St Breward, rain approaching from Delabole‘, (above), which are all available to view in the gallery.  Please let us know if you would like additional images or information on his new work.

The gallery will close for a few weeks after the half term holiday, from Saturday November the 2nd onwards.  Visits can still be arranged by appointment, and we will re-open with a new suite of work in time for the Padstow Christmas Festival, on December 5th.

Sarah Adams at The Maas Gallery

The latest work by Sarah Adams will exhibited across two London venues, at The Maas Gallery, 15a Clifford Street, London W1S 4JZ and The Gallery in Cork St, 28, Cork Street, London W1S 3NG, from May 21st to June 1st, 2013.

All works in the exhibition are catalogued online at

Pictures will be available for sale from 10 am on Wednesday May 8th.  For further information, please call the gallery on +44(0)20 7734 2302, or e-mail to

The exhibition co-incides with the publication of SARAH ADAMS: A Sea View, a new book by Andrew Lambirth, which includes initial sketchbook drawings and working notes, oil sketches and studies, and many of the paintings in this exhibition. It will be published by Halstar as a large format (260 x 270 mm) hardback book, 144 pages, 157 colour plates and 12 b&w photographs.

The Maas Gallery are offering signed copies of ‘A Sea View’ to their clients for the introductory price of £35, including post and packing (UK only).  To make an order, or please visit


A fresh start …

We are open again for the season, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the gallery in 2013.  It’s had a bit of a brush up – well, in places, and hopefully a face lift will complete the process in a couple of weeks.  We also have some lovely new work on show, and lots to look forward to over the next few months.  Opening hours are 11 am to 1 pm and 2 ’til 5 pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but as always, if you are planning a visit to Padstow and wish to arrange to visit the gallery out of hours, please call us on 01841 533777.

Clockwise from top left: Kim Bentley, Rachel Budd, James Campbell



New Year, new carpet!  The gallery needs redecorating, so we will close on January 6th, re-opening on February 14th.

Meanwhile, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Sarah Adams, Song-of-the-Sea Panorama I: turquoise pool, oil on linen, 50 x 120 cm .

Sarah Adams, Song-of-the-Sea Panorama I: turquoise pool, oil on linen, 50 x 120 cm .

New work by Kim Bentley

kim-bentley-embroidery-and-dye-on-silk-taffetta-16-x-21-cmKim has been making a beautiful new series of embroidered pieces, and after hours of careful work they are now ready to exhibit.  Although the gallery is closed until December 6th, if you would like a preview of what is available, please contact us and we can easily arrange an appointment for you, or send images by e-mail.  There will also be a number of Kim’s works on show here during the Padstow Festival, December 6th – 8th, and throughout the Christmas break.  Prices range from £495 to £595.

Meanwhile, you can read more about Kim and her work in a lovely feature by Katherine Sorrell in Coast magazine (December/January issue, out now).

Winter opening (and closing) hours


The gallery will be closed for a few weeks, re-opening on Thursday 6th December in time for the Padstow Christmas Festival.  However, if you are planning a trip and would like to include a visit to the gallery, please get in touch on 01841 533777 and we will be happy to arrange an appointment.

Our winter hours from December 6th to January 5th will be Thursday-Friday-Saturday, 11-1 and 2-4.

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About the Gallery

The Padstow Studio is an artist-run space, opened in 2006 by the landscape painter Sarah Adams, whose studio occupies the second floor of the building. The gallery below exhibits Sarah’s own work and that of a circle of friends, artists who she has studied with, shown with or shared studio space with over the years.

The gallery exhibits a constantly changing selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, ceramics and works in bronze, and aims to give visitors the opportunity to engage with and follow the development of individuals who interest them.

Not everyone the gallery shows is based in Cornwall, and most of the group are also represented by well-established galleries elsewhere. For further information about individual artists, please click on their names, and follow the links to their own websites.

Purchasing from us

We accept most major credit and debit cards, cheques and BACS transfers.

Although the gallery is not part of a formal hire purchase scheme, we are always happy to discuss purchase by installments, should that be required. All works are safely stored at the gallery until the balance is paid.


Small and medium size works can generally be carried away at time of purchase. We are also happy to pack and send small pieces by Royal Mail Special Delivery at no extra charge.

Large and medium works can be delivered a specialist art carrier. We cover the cost of most deliveries within the UK mainland if the purchase price is over £1,000 (excluding some parts of Scotland).

James Campbell

James Campbell, 'Wind at sunset', jug

James Campbell, ‘Wind at sunset’, jug

James Campbell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1964. His ceramic pieces have been widely exhibited, and he is represented in major public collections in the UK, Australia and Japan. ‘A pot decorated with a drawing is something of a paradox. They have different terms of reference and are in different languages, and bringing them together in a way that works is an exciting challenge. I try to make the form strong enough in its own right to hold the drawing, to be muscular and even dynamic. too much movement, however, would make it an incompatible partner, so there is a balance to be struck. The drawing must not overwhelm the shape, but at the same time it must have a content of its own and be more than decoration.’

Mark Cazalet

'Christmas Woods', chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

‘Christmas Woods’, chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

Mark Cazalet is based in London and Suffolk, and works in a wide range of media from painting, drawing and printmaking, to large-scale architectural and ecclesiastical projects in stained glass and other materials. He has also produced images for several limited edition books. His paintings often reflect his experience of the city in which he lives, from the parks, cemeteries and playing fields to the canals, gas installations and flyovers of West London. His pictures are evocative and personal responses to an urban landscape that becomes almost pastoral; a promised land of quiet havens and open spaces. In contrast, towering concrete and metal structures are rendered with a dynamic, cathedral-like elegance.

Kit Surrey

Kit Surrey, 'Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David's Head, North Pembrokeshire', charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey, ‘Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David’s Head, North Pembrokeshire’, charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey is an artist and freelance theatre designer, who has worked with many major theatre companies, including the RSC, Sheffield Crucible and Bristol Old Vic. His fine art practice explores significant landscapes through drawing, particularly in places he loves to walk or climb. He has been among the prize winners at the Society of Fine and Graphic Arts a number of times.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, 'Apollo and Daphne V', pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas, ‘Apollo and Daphne V’, pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas currently divides his time between Australia and Europe, exhibiting and lecturing. The work he has been making reflects this cultural diversity in drawings and paintings that explore shared mythologies and narratives. Having recently finished a series of drawings that dealt with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, he is now working with the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. He has also published several artist’s books.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas, 'Children playing around the tree', oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas, ‘Children playing around the tree’, oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas was one of only six finalists shortlisted for this year’s Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the most important national award for representational painting. He is a true painter’s painter, hugely respected by his peers. His home on the North Cornwall coast has dominated his work over the past 40 years, making paintings of his family, corners of the garden, surrounding fields, cliffs and the sea in all weathers and seasons, using a rigorous observational process.

Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor, 'Breeze', charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor, ‘Breeze’, charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor is an artist, educator and exhibition organiser, currently Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Director of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize.  Her work is figurative, and explores identity, emotion and narrative through tableaux and interactions which are at once highly theatrical, but also intimate and symbolic.  The recipient of many awards and prizes for painting and drawing, she has taken on increasingly demanding academic roles while still actively pursuing her own studio work.

Alison Pullen

Alison Pullen, 'The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place', collage

Alison Pullen, ‘The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place’, collage

Alison Pullen studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Alison is particularly known for her collaged interiors, from contemporary domestic settings to public spaces and stately homes, and she completed a one year residency at Osterley Park House, which remains a favorite subject.

Michael Porter

Michael Porter, 'Beside the Path 01-07-14', acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter, ‘Beside the Path 01-07-14’, acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter is a landscape painter whose work concentrates primarily on fragments of earth beneath our feet. They often incorporate many layers of paint giving the impression of looking through and into undergrowth, highlighting various aspects of nature that are so often overlooked, the odd feather, a collection of stones or fallen leaves. There is a sense of discovery in the work, objects reveal themselves slowly as one scans the surface and gradually becomes aware of the literally painted objects concealed under layers of paint.

Philip Naylor

Phil Naylor, 'Stratamatic', etching, 56 x 76 cm

Phil Naylor, ‘Stratamatic’, etching, 56 x 76 cm

Philip Naylor is Senior Lecturer at University College Falmouth, Program Leader Foundation and Award Leader BA Drawing. He studied under Tim Mara as a postgraduate at Chelsea School of Art, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He makes drawings and etchings about landscape, and is particularly drawn to edgelands, reconstructing the landscape with contour lines, geological references and artifacts. ‘I look for sparse areas with ambiguities of scale, places that raise questions about spatial perception and our relationship with open spaces, reclaimed and re-lost marginal land where struggles with nature take place, rocky and reluctant landscapes, eroded areas showing their underlying histories.’

Anne Howeson
Anne Howeson, 'Different Journeys', crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson, ‘Different Journeys’, crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson studied at St Martins School of Art and the RCA, and currently lectures at the RCA. Based in London, the main focus of her work is urban, weaving historical records and images and her own experience of the city into atmospheric drawings that bring past and present together. Anne is a Jerwood Drawing Prize winner, and has exhibited widely.

Lynn Golden

Lynn Golden, 'St Just Churchyard', pastel

Lynn Golden, ‘St Just Churchyard’, pastel

Lynn Golden trained at St Albans School of Art before moving to Cornwall in 1976, where the effects of light and weather on coastal landscape became the focus for her work. Particularly known for working in pastel, she makes many of her pieces on site. Still life pieces, and larger acrylic paintings are produced in the studio. More recently, Lynn has experimented with metal leaf, egg tempera and other media on board, extending her exploration of light, form and composition.

Mo Farquharson

Mo Farquharson, 'Street 4', bronze

Mo Farquharson, ‘Street 4’, bronze

Mo Farquharson is well known for her sculptures of people, animals and birds. Beautifully observed, they have a warmth that communicates the character of her subjects in an engaging and often playful way. Context is central to her work, particularly in the figurative series where, centered around a park bench or bus stop, the attitude and preoccupation of each individual is explored. The same sympathy and attention to detail is applied to Mo’s wildlife pieces, rendered in a style that is natural and spontaneous, but always carefully considered. She generally casts her work in bronze, in small editions (of generally no more than 7 pieces) using the lost wax process. 

Rosalind Eastman

'Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs', watercolour

‘Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs’, watercolour

Rosalind Eastman studied Fine Art at Reading University, and was awarded a David Murray Landscape Painting Scholarship from the Royal Academy in 1969. She met her husband, the painter Chris Thomas, when they were students at Reading, and they moved to North Cornwall a couple of years later.  Her paintings document the coastal landscape around her home, an environment she has come to know over the past 45 years.

Rachel Budd

Rachel Budd, 'Cool of the forest'

Rachel Budd, ‘Cool of the forest’, oil on canvas, 132 x 137 cm

Rachel Budd graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1986, and has won a number of awards, including the Henry Moore Prize at the London Group Show and the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Fund.  She generally works in oil on canvas. ‘My work can be seen as a diary, depicting little snippets of colour and detail which come to rest in my head. Often I am unaware of their presence until I paint. Since moving to Cornwall a year ago, my focus (both detailed and broad) is daily renewed by my surroundings. I am inspired by windy skies, ever changing light on ever changing ochre and green hills, and where the sea meets the sky.’

Kim Bentley

'Snap Happy on Constantine', embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

‘Snap Happy on Constantine’, embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

Kim Bentley co-founded the design partnership Bentley & Spens, with Sally Spens, shortly after they graduated from Goldsmiths College. Their work is represented in the V & A Museum, and they have created fabrics for many other fashion and interiors collections, including Paul Smith and Liberty. Kim’s textile pieces are now inspired by people-watching on the beach, and combine embroidery and fabric paint on a silk taffeta base. Kim is based in Padstow, and often sits in the gallery, stitching away behind the desk.

Sue Beattie

'Fien, 96 years old', bronze, 10 cm

‘Fien, 96 years old’, bronze, 10 cm

Sue Beattie is based in Assen, in Holland. Working directly from the figure, her pieces are beautifully observed and sensitive studies, initially worked in wax then cast in bronze by a lost wax process. Sue often works within a group of sculptors, regularly sharing a model and studio space. This has been a very productive working atmosphere for her, and has led to an increasingly complex and ambitious use of the figure in her work.