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  1. intoBodmin recieve £250k toward The Old Library refurbishment project

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    intoBodmin is thrilled to announce that we have received a grant of £250k from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. As part of their 2021-22 and 2022-23 grants, over £22.7million has been awarded to 66 cultural organisations across the country, including 6 cultural organisations in the South West who benefit from a share of £2,171,202. The Capital Investment Programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. From Barrow-in-Furness to The Isles of Scilly, the organisations receiving funding share a vision to build a fit for the future cultural sector, which all members of their communities can access.

    The Old Library was opened in 1897 by John Passmore Edwards as a free library for the people of Bodmin. He built a legacy that championed social mobility by inspiring people through access to books and learning. In taking over this building when the library left, intoBodmin wanted to build on this legacy by creating opportunities for people to be inspired through access to arts and culture. This grant creates the opportunity for us to own the building and invest in improving its condition, its access and its visibility, helping intoBodmin to build a sustainable and inclusive resource for all.

    The grant is a part of a wider £600k project which will see us purchasing the building from Cornwall Council and a package of extensive refurbishements to the fabric of the building, including replacing windows, repointing, better insulation, rewiring and restoration of some of the historic features. The rest of the money will hopefully come from a range of other grants and the work will take place toward the end of the year and the start of 2023.

    Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said “World class creativity and culture needs a resilient and sustainable infrastructure toallow it to flourish. With these investments in the buildings, equipment, and digital systems of cultural organisations across England, we are helping to secure the future of that infrastructure, and making sure that people from every part of the country can continue enjoying all the benefits it delivers for years to come.”

  2. Sophie Moore’s ‘Cornish Swimmers’ Exhibition

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    We’re excited to be hosting an art exhibition by local artist Sophie Moore from 29th April to 10th June 2022. Sophie’s paintings and prints are emotive and tranquil expressions of wild sea swimmers. We had a chat to Sophie to find out more about what led her to being an artist:

    Tell us what inspires you to paint swimmers?

    Through my paintings, I like to create characters, with stories, in a certain place and time. Usually walking the coast or swimming in the ocean or relaxing by the sea.  The coast and ocean makes me feel a deep emotion, that I don’t feel in any other part of my life. From this feeling, you will see that most of my characters facial expressions are lost in the moment or full of certainty and defiance.

    What led you to becoming an artist?

    I have always been a creative person, at the age of 12 I distinctly remember deciding I wanted to be a fashion designer, and from that moment that was the path I went down. I grew up in Bodmin and went to Bodmin College, and then onto study art and design at Central Saint Martins, finally to study Fashion Atelier at University for the Creative Arts. From graduating, I worked on the design team at Ted Baker, but then made the decision to move back home to Cornwall to set up life with my now husband, who runs a surf school on the North Coast of Cornwall.

    What influences your style?

    On returning to Cornwall I picked up my paint brush again and began exploring my style. I began to realise that what I enjoy most about painting is that I can join all of my fragmented creative parts. Marrying my Cornish surroundings, with my love of fashion and my interest in people and their stories.

    I think my swimmers touch something in people because particularly over the past two years, many people have taken to the waters for different reasons, and found it a profoundly positive experience. For me the ocean is a very emotive element, and I try to emulate this through my swimmers. 

    Sophie is exhibiting a selection of original works and prints in The Old Library Cafe from 29th April to 10th June. The cafe is open Wednesday to Friday 10.30am to 2pm. The artwork is available to purchase. Pop in for a browse.

    To see more of Sophie’s work, please visit

  3. What’s it like volunteering at intoBodmin events?

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    We thought we’d ask some of our most dedicated supporters to say why they give their time, energy and enthusiasm into helping us deliver our programme to you.

    “Volunteering with intoBodmin has widened my social circle and enabled me to feel connected to our community. When volunteering you have a commitment, more so than buying a ticket, which helps get you out the door and energised to engage with your neighbours. Every aspect is fun, enlightening, inclusive and cheap. That ticks most of my boxes!”

    Rowan Baker

    “You get to be part of something that brings joy to peoples’ lives. You can’t beat that feeling.”

    Lynne Perry

    “I particularly enjoy front of house meeting and greeting but I’ve also been known to paint a window or two and serve at the bar. In fact, I’m happy to help with anything in return for the privilege of seeing wonderful shows, comedy, music and not to forget the wonderful sense of appreciation, belonging and friendship when I walk through the doors.”

    Marita Gubb

  4. Debora Terreiros Profile: Volunteering to build skills

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    We were lucky enough that Debora asked to volunteer with us to gain professional experience to help build her portfolio. Debora has been photographying a diverse range of activities and subjects at The Old Library, including performances, art and gardening groups, food shots and the wider goings on in the building.

    Debora has said that this has been great for her confidence and trying new subject matter. You can see some of her images on our website and facebook page and her personal work is on Instagam, Give her a follow!

    Debora moved to Bodmin from Portugal as a young child. She’s currently a 3rd year student at Plymouth College of Art studying BA photography. Debora is a contemporary photographer, she likes to explore themes that are personal to her such as her own experiences and wider social issues, her current project is on body image and her own struggle with it. Debora’s final year show centres on these themes, if you’re in Exeter in May 2022 visit The Positive Lights Project to see The Lighthouse Collectives work and other students in the collective.

    Debora finishes her degree in May and hopes to continue to build her portfolio and to get into property photography.

  5. Young people in Bodmin create new words to make sense of the climate crisis

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    On Saturday 25th September a group of ten young people from Bodmin engaged in a workshop to create a performance in response to the climate crisis.

    The workshop was led by Toby Peach who is an Associate Director of the interactive theatre-makers, Coney, where he works with young people and families, developing a playful activism practice.

    The group of young people worked with Toby through games and discussion to produce a piece of work highlighting the climate crisis. The young people created an interactive digital installation and described the workshop as “learning together and having fun”.

    For some of these young people it was the first time meeting each other but it was a welcoming space and many left feeling like they had made new friends. Assisting the event were the community leaders George and Amy who are both 17. They were excellent role models to the group of young people.

    So what did the group create? The digital installation premiered at an evening event at St Petroc’s church in Bodmin on the topic of Creative Responses to climate change. The audience were encouraged to dial a number on their phones to hear some new words that were created through the workshop. Words to make sense of some of the madness.

    Hear the sound recordings here.

    A new global survey found that nearly 60% of young people said they felt very worried or extremely worried about the climate crisis. By using creative methods it can help raise awareness of the need to create a more sustainable future and provide young people with a platform.

    The workshop was organised by intoBodmin and Agile Rabbit. The project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101036029 and from the University of Exeter Global Systems Institute.

  6. BodMAXX over Christmas

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    A window installation in the Bodmaxx Studio (81b Fore Street) for intoBodmin’s Window Wanderland project. The installation is based around the theme of ‘3 Wise Beings’, which is an adaptation of the 3 Wise Men. As well as being a beautiful gallery exhibition, it’s also a participatory project where people are invited to come into the Bodmaxx space and say who their ‘3 Wise Beings’ would be in their lives, in Bodmin and in the world – which will then be added onto the running video in the window.

    There’s Live 3D printing in the installation (by 3D Printing Cornwall) and a lot of the set, including the fruits, have been made from this technology. The monitors are also portraying the journeys of the 3 Wise Men and how they could have potentially travelled to Bodmin eg over sea, via the Beacon etc. This installation is a collaboration between FDA Digital Media Students & Graduates and Bec from Bodmaxx.

    With this installation, BodMAXX are beginning to explore how empty shops can be transformed into potential gallery spaces. If you’re an artist who lives in Bodmin and you’d like your work to be shown next in this gallery space, then please get in touch and email

    The BodMAXX Christmas Craft Fair

    BodMAXX are hosting two Christmas markets in their community studio on Fore Street (81b: The Old Threshers) on Wednesday 8th December (3pm -7pm) and Saturday 11th December (11am-3pm). Shop local this Christmas and explore the talent of small Bodmin businesses and traders. There’s a range of beautiful handmade products available to buy for your Christmas presents this year at the Craft Fair: Choose from candles, jewellery, clothing, macrame art, photography prints, crochet hats and toys, and yummy treats.