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Pay a visit to the House of Art

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 27, 2011

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THERE IS so much art in the aptly-named Artist Residence Hotel & Gallery in Chapel Street, Penzance, it is difficult to know where to begin.

The brainchild of partners Justin Salisbury and Charlie Newey, who have already set up a similar establishment in Brighton, with each of its rooms having been designed and decorated by a different artist in return for a two-month, commission-free exhibition in the hotel's large downstairs front room, the Artist Residence certainly lives up to its claim of offering truly unique accommodation.

Featured recently in the Sunday Times' Cool Hotel Guide, something of an advert for young artists, if any cooler it would be icy but as it is, it could not be warmer, more unusual or more attractive.

Charlie Newey, who has only just gained a history of art degree, said: "We felt we couldn't just do another boutique hotel as we've done in Brighton. I love contemporary art, especially street art, and we decided to explore that route, and make our hotel stand out." Which they have succeeded in doing.

They are currently holding an exhibition When To Stay Still by Jo Peel and Adam Makowiecki.

Both graduates of Falmouth College of Art, they have designed and decorated two of the hotel's rooms, Nautical Tale and Admiral Benbow, which, appropriately enough, overlooks the renowned Admiral Benbow inn in Chapel Street, hence their reward of a two-month long exhibition.

Together, from her drawing Trewellard Garage to such paintings as Barbican Ice Cream and Mousehole Tides, Jo Peel who is a member of the internationally acclaimed Scrawl Collective, and documents in detail her fascination with everyday scenes and scenarios, and Adam Makowiecki who has lived and worked between London and Cornwall for the last 14 years and, among other things, collects and recycles discarded and second hand furniture, then fixes and prepares it before using it as a blank, three-dimensional canvas for his graphic art, have created what amounts to an installation of new work in the hotel. Using the walls and alcoves of the gallery space to create murals and art works, their joint exhibition When To Stay Still while capturing and conveying a sense of the beauty in the decay of man-made objects and landscapes, also relates to Penzance and its surrounding area.

An installation which not only features the work of its two creative artists but is also a work of art in its own right, it emphasises the fact that the Artist Residence does, indeed, offer "hip accommodation with a twist".

Charlie added: "We hope to hold regular exhibitions by both young and up and coming artists and established artists alike that go beyond just the framework of the pieces on show. With an on line shop currently in the making, we want to bring art to a wider market and connect buyers with emerging contemporary artists alongside younger established artists who will become big names in the future."

Their plans for the future also include the setting up of an Artist Residence members' club where live events, workshops and art classes will be held alongside a small café. She said: "Our aim is to connect with the local community, to bring people together within an artistic and inspiring setting."

When To Stay Still by Jo Peel and Adam Makowiecki can be seen in the Artist Residence Hotel, Chapel Street, Penzance, 8am to 8pm daily, until January 15, 2012.

The Artist Residence Hotel and Gallery in Chapel Street, Penzance – the hotel's creative director Charlie Newey.

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