Postcards from the Edge

For centuries, artists have settled in Cornwall for the beautiful light and dramatic coastline. This spring, The Byre Gallery on the Rame peninsula in Cornwall will show the work of ten artists and makers all of whom have been specifically inspired by the South West Coast Path. The Path – recently finding fame in Raynor Winn’s acclaimed novel, The Salt Path – stretches 630 miles from north Somerset to east Dorset and almost half of the distance is located in Cornwall.

Exhibition curator, and The Byre Gallery owner, Elaine Dye, says: “For some, the Coast Path is a thorough-fare for dog walking and an essential link between villages, for others it is a place of artistic inspiration or inner contemplation. I wanted to acknowledge this thin strip of earth that clings to the edge of the land and is walked by locals and visitors in their thousands every year, so I asked ten local artists to create pieces inspired by it.”

Postcards from the Edge, will take place at The Byre Gallery in Cornwall on Wednesday April 1st –  Saturday 2nd May 2020


Featured artists:
Painter: Sophie Harding:
Painter: Kerry Harding: (no relation)
Painter: David Muddyman:,
Painter: Paul Wadsworth:
Ceramicist Bridget Macklin:
Ceramicist: Rachel Foxwell:
Glass artist Helen Eastham:
Jeweller Lucy Spink:;
Silversmith Abigail Brown:
Textile artist Teresa Dunne:

To celebrate, The Byre Gallery is kindly giving away two beautiful salt and pepper sets handmade by artist Phil Atkin (RRP £47 each). To be in with a chance to win one of these, simply answer the question below:

Q: Where is the Barbara Hepworth Museum?

Send your answer to us by email to with ‘Salt & Pepper’ in the subject line and we will select two winners at random on 1st April.

Byre Gallery - Pewter Sky Cornwall S&P set

Phil Atkin of Pewter Sky is inspired by the coast; his pewter homewares are hand cast from shells he finds on beach combing trips in Cornwall – where he lives –  and also in New England and the Mediterranean.

Phil carefully selects each shell for its unique qualities and using a low-tech and traditional pewter casting process he turns the shells into works of art. For each piece Phil hand pours molten pewter into handmade rubber moulds. The piece is then finished by hand and polished to a warm lustrous glow. Phil Atkin’s pewter salt and pepper sets are highly desirable and add an elegant touch of the seashore to any dining table.

Prize info & sizes: The set includes one scallop, one mussel and two matching spoons. It will arrive packed in a Pewter Sky gift box, ready for gifting, with care instructions included. Scallop = 5.5 x 5.8 x 1.8cm, mussel = 7 x 3.5 x 1.6cm. They are food-safe and easy to care for simply wash in warm soapy water, or to renew sparkle, rub with brasso first.

T&Cs: 1.Winners picked at random & contacted via email after the competition closes on 1st April. 2. To win, you must have answered the qualifying question correctly. 3. The prize is not transferable and may be subject to availability. 4. Not in conjunction with any other offer & no cash alternative. 5. By entering this competition, an entrant is confirming that they are aged over 18. 6. Entry into this competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms & conditions. 7. If the winner does not notify the promoter to claim the prize within 10 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. 8. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.  

About The Byre: 
The Byre gallery is situated on the wild and often over-looked Rame Peninsula in south east Cornwall which is known for the twin fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand and the beautiful sweep of beach at Whitsand Bay. The Byre gallery is the brainchild of Elaine Dye, who after a career in arts, media and the BBC, took an MA in Curating.  Graduation coincided with the completion of a renovation project which turned some dilapidated Cornish barns into a home with gallery space attached.  Elaine curates five exhibitions a year and has built up a loyal following of art devotees who travel hundreds of miles every year to see her pick of the best artistic talent from Cornwall and beyond.  To find out more: The Byre Gallery. 

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