Newquay’s Arts and Culture Festival Art8 brings together the community and covers many areas of art; events, exhibits and workshops involving film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature and more. Art8 returns to Newquay from 18th – 20th May 2018 .

Steam Bar will be partners for the 2018 festival hosting a range of exhibitions and events over the weekend alongside other local venues.

Art8 Newquay 2018 – Newquay Arts and Culture Festival

Art8 was established in 2011 by a group of artists who wanted to engage with the local community in an new way in order to promote arts and culture within Newquay. It provides a platform for artists to exhibit work in local businesses and take part in workshops and events with the community.
We are really excited to be able to announce the dates for this year’s Art8 festival and to be able to have Steam Bar as a partner will be absolutely fantastic. The venue will be used for exhibitions as well as events and will be a great hub for the festival. We are so grateful to the team from Steam Bar for supporting Art8 and the town in this way.
Caroline Swain, Art8 team member
Here at Steam we are looking forward to holding Art8, it’s a fantastic opportunity for the local community to come together and see what the Cornish art world has to offer. We are a family friendly restaurant, who want to get behind our locals, and offer our support where ever we can. There’s going to be lots happening throughout the four days no matter the age! We have family friendly events throughout the year so follow us on social media to keep up to date with all our latest offers and the what’s on guide for Art8.
The Management Team from Steam Bar

Steam will be hosting a large visual art exhibition all weekend as well as the festival’s Artisan Fayre which will happen on Sunday 20th May.

Steam Bar

Steam Bar Management Team and the Art8 Festival Team celebrate their partnership for the 2018 festival.

The festival continues to support local businesses by involving them as exhibition venues as well as spaces for workshops and events. Whiskers, the Green Heart Cafe, Tom Thumb, Sprout and Newquay Heritage and Archive Museum are just some of the other local businesses involved.

After launching this year’s festival programme at Newquay Orchard’s Spring Fayre last weekend the team of volunteers behind Art8 are excited about what they have planned as part of Art8 2018.

To find out more about the festival’s line up visit the Art8 Facebook page or pick up a brochure from the Tourist Information Centre, Steam Bar, Coffee on the Corner, Whiskers or the Green Heart Cafe.

My Art8 Exhibition

Over the weekend the festival will celebrate art and culture within the town and I’m excited to be involved. A selection of my artwork will be on display in Steam Bar.

I love doing exhibitions because I always find there is something authentic about the experience of seeing art in real life rather than the screen.

There are so many debates about whether the real perception of a painting relies on the experience of a human face-to-face encounter. However I think, while it’s not necessary, it does provide a enhanced experience.

I feel that a painting in real life is far superior than the digital image. No matter how good the digital image it just doesn’t tell you the whole story; there are subtleties lost on screen.

Being able to see the textures and colours unfold in front of you and discover the way an artist constructs an image on a flat surface. There is something tactile about standing in front of an artwork, even though you aren’t actually touching it.