Polperro Arts Foundation

The Polperro Arts Foundation gallery is located at the Chapel Rock studios in Quay Road, Polperro. It is a non profit-making organisation that has been established to promote the work of resident artists and craftspeople of Polperro. Existing members include:

Richard Knowles comes to us from London where he was Managing Director of a successful architecture and design practice. He has been a Unit Master and lectured for the Architects Association extensively in the UK and abroad.

He now lives in Polperro and is an energetic supporter of the Festival and its goals. His boundless enthusiasm and energy in matters artistic together with his breathlessly unlimited imagination led to the conception and ultimate formation of the Polperro Arts Foundation of which he is Chairman.

Brian Shepherd began a successful locksmithing business in Hampshire and discovered Polperro in 1990. When a chance arose he seized an opportunity to retire in 1992 and moved to the village where he has extended his interest in stained glass and arts and crafts generally. He is heavily involved in the Polperro Festival and publishes the Souvenir Programme.

All Brian's stained glass pieces are original, and never use published patterns. Much of his work uses the copper foil technique commonly associated with Tiffany. He does repairs on conventional leaded windows as well as original work and this still represents a major part of his activities


Mel Curran is a resident of Polperro. She trained as a fashion and textile designer at Brighton, and had a varied career as a studio and freelance print designer in London and later in New York. There she joined a friend to for a successful print design studio called London Portfolio who designed for Donna Karen, Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci to name but a few. She has had prints in most of the high street fashion outlets in London including Miss Selfridge, Jeff banks and Monsoon.

Mel is pursuing a new career as an artist in both water colour and oils under the umbrella of Polperro Arts Foundation using her specialist knowledge of colour and design to it's full potential working here in this beautiful space.

Steve Allenby moved to the West Country from Grimsby three years ago. He is currently working full time as a pastry chef at the Talland Bay Hotel. He has always been inspired by nature and his surroundings and taps into this as his creative source.

He took up photography a year ago feeling it was the best method to capture the beauty he sees about him in an immediate way. He loves all types of photography but very much was the wants to experiment in the direction of the surreal.

Mike Jelly is a local artist, trained in art and drama at Avery Hill College in South East London, working in London and North Essex before moving to the westcountry in 2000. He has worked as a professional musician and a teacher in further education, mainstream and special schools, and is currently headteacher of Longcause Community Special School in Plymouth.

Mike has travelled to Europe, India, Mexico and Cuba and is interested in the effects of communities, cultures and environments on the work of artists. He has recently started to produce work again after many years, influenced by the beauty of the places he has recently lived, and particularly Polperro! He works mainly in watercolours, pastels, charcoal and oils.

Roger Powell was born in Gloucestershire; but spent most of his business life in South Wales and then in London on the marketing side of Shell UK Oil. He also enjoyed a career in Rugby Football, just before it became professional - playing for Llanelli RFC, Gloucestershire and even made the England squad in the mid/late seventies.

He has turned his talents to art - painting in oils and mixed media, he endeavours to capture the essence, atmosphere and mystique of the subject. He feel that history and sense of place are very important.

His education has been at Stroud School of Art and Falmouth College of Art.

Richard Lawrence was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1973 and brought up in Polperro from a very early age.

Having studied illustration at Falmouth School of Art, he has continued to dabble with the arts. His gouache studies having sold internationally through local galleries and various private commissions keep him increasingly busy.

After living and working in Central London for several years, he has returned to Polperro, a place that he finds eternally fascinating and a great source of inspiration.

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