The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is a free, open-access workspace for artists, curators, writers and cultural explorers where ideas are generated, supported, and developed through research and conversation. Oscillating between artwork, performance, information point and library, curators’ Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover will often be on hand to chat to informally or engage in debate.

The Clubhouse celebrates artist led practice in Cornwall and beyond. While The Clubhouse was in residence at The Exchange Gallery in Penzance from October 2015 – January 2016, each fortnight a different artist led group took over a part of the space; showcasing their activity or testing out new ideas:

09.10.15 – 23.10.15    BACK LANE WEST

24.10.15 – 06.11.15     The Fish Factory

07.11.15 – 20.11.15      Medium Rare

21.11.15 – 04.12.15      Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre & Goonhilly Village Green

05.12.15 – 18.12.15      W.A.N.K.

19.12.15 – 09.01.16     CMR

Throughout December 2015 Field Notes hosted The Clubhouse AGM a programme of talks, workshops and events:

The Meeting Room at The Exchange, Friday 4th December: 11.00 – 16.00

A day of artist films, a silent presentation, screenings of talks, discussions and seminars. There was also the opportunity to bring in any artist-led ailments as the Field Notes team were on site and happy to go through statements, proposals, funding bids, budgets, marketing plans and many more things that slow projects down…

The Exchange Café Bar, Saturday 5th December: 18.00 till late

The evening kicked off with a round of Pecha Kuchas presented by artist initiators and organisations active over the past 15 years right through to organisations that are still in development. With speakers from Back Lane West and Art Surgery through to Keiken and Medium Rare.

The Wanderers Book Launch! The Wanderers was a programme of one-off events, installations, performances and talks around Falmouth and the surrounding waterways of the Carrick Roads this summer. The project ran parallel to Newlyn Art Gallery’s international exhibition In Search of The Miraculous and brought together developing artists to create site-specific work that went beyond the horizon in pursuit of new experiences and precarious journeys. Copies of the book are available at a cost of £8 please email for details.


The Exchange Café Bar, Wednesday 9th December: 18.30 – 20.00

Sam Thorne, founder of Open School East and Artistic Director of Tate St Ives, spoke about artist led practice – a recording of is available on

The Exchange, Saturday 12th December: 10.00 – 17.00

The gallery was full of craftsman and artists selling their unique wares, so of course we couldn’t resist this opportunity to show off some exquisite artist made books, including works from Oliver Udy, Brigette Ashton, Jacob Louis Beaney, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Clare Thornton, Rosie Kliskey and many more…

The Engine Room at The Exchange, Saturday 19th December: 13.30 – 17.00

The Clubhouse and Engine Room hosted an afternoon of discussion and making, focussed on the things that can be done to ensure that projects have a life beyond the duration of an event. Artist and lecturer Alice Mahoney held a drop-in sketchbook/notebook making workshop and there was also marbling on a grand (and not so venetian scale); testing out DIY marbling materials and techniques.

Rosalie Schweiker’s silent presentation, created for Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman’s event: Opportunity Makers, Opportunity Takers, and was screened throughout The Clubhouse AGM.