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Getting creative at Sutton Harbour

26th September 2018

Sutton Harbour is known for its beautiful views, cobbled streets and a vast array of restaurants and bars but the historic harbourfront and the adjacent Barbican Quarter are also a great hub for art and creativity. One of the most poignant pieces in the area to note is Robert Lenkiewicz’s giant mural on the side of the building of his old studio facing The Parade, a breath-taking piece that has more than stood the test of time.

There are also many places to visit to stretch your creative mind and try something new after you’ve been inspired.

Clay Art

Located on Southside Street, Clay Art gives you the opportunity to create and decorate whatever you like. Mugs, pots and decorations are just a few of the products you can make by hand. Special one of a kind pieces that you can keep for yourself or give to someone special. Clay Art offer a variety of workshops, including hand and foot imprints that you make and decorate yourself with your little one, prices vary from £25 for a single print to £60 for a family pack of 5. For more information visit

Victoria Sewart

Not only is this contemporary jewellery gallery a great place to pick out unique pieces, you can also try your hand at making your own jewellery. Offering 10-week courses, private tuition and even the opportunity to make your own wedding ring, no experience required, Victoria Stewart is the perfect place for new or experienced jewellery makers to get to grips with the art. Find out more at the website.    

Barbican Fabrics

Need some new materials for dress making or alterations? Barbican Fabrics is the best port of call for high-quality supplies and professional advice. With stock including ribbon, denim and fleece Barbican Fabrics has your material covered. Check out their website for more information.

Barbican Theatre

Creativity and self-expression can be achieved on stage as well as in an art studio. The Barbican Theatre offers dance and acting workshops for children, young people and adults. If you’re an enthusiastic lover of theatre and performance or you’re a beginner looking to try something new, the Barbican Theatre welcome all abilities to experience the art of theatre. For more information on workshops and prices, go to their website.

There is also an extensive array of art galleries and shops if you prefer to look and buy art rather than create your own. 45 Southside Gallery houses ceramic, glass and metalwork pieces by local Devon and Cornwall artists. The gallery is open seven days a week, 10am-5.30pm.

Along the same street, Rowbury Gallery opens all week 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5.30pm Saturday and 10.30am-4.30pm Sunday. Rowbury displays original paintings, prints and greeting cards by a variety of artists including Nicola Rowles, Lamorna Penrose and Simon Clarke.

Our next stop based in The House That Jack Built is Art Box Gallery. Working with acrylic paint on canvas, Sarah Mayors takes inspiration from local landscapes and uses texture to add depth and dimension to her creations.

Another unique gem on Sutton Harbour’s art scene is Glass!! Gallery, also based along Southside Street. The name speaks for itself with Glass!! offering a display of distinctive, glass-fused art.

Owner Ian Nicholls offers free consultations for anyone looking for one of a kind pieces perfect for their home or businesses.

For more information on how to get creative at Sutton Harbour, visit the ‘what to do’ page on our website.