A remarkable and very unusual art project has been launched today (Wednesday 27th April, to raise funds for Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care. ‘Around Cornwall in 38 Churns’ has been devised by Sue Dennett of Newquay who also wanted to showcase the county’s talented artists and stunning locations. The project is being supported by Rodda’s Creamery, Visit Cornwall and David Lay Auctions and will culminate in a grand auction of the churns at Truro Cathedral in September.

Artists from across Cornwall have been given a churn, kindly donated by Rodda’s Creamery, and have offered their talent and time to decorate each one in their own particular style. They include famous names such as Kurt Jackson, Michael Praed and Dick Twinney. Each will be featured at venues around Cornwall through the summer and people will be encouraged to follow a trail via an interactive map to visit the churns. Nick Rodda is the Managing Director of Rodda’s Creamery; “Churns are not only iconic but a beautiful shape and I think they lend themselves to this charity project. This is a brilliant idea and showcases our heritage while also giving a nod to the current day talents of our local artists. Rodda’s is part of the tapestry of Cornwall and we’ve always worked with local charities. If we can play a small part in assisting them we will.”

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The group picture above was taken at a launch of the project held today at Paradise Park in Hayle. It includes from left to right, Nick Reynolds of Paradise Park, Angela Flamank from Cornwall Hospice Care, Alex Rodda, Nina Worrell artist, Claire Reid artist, Theresa Dennett Rodda’s Finance Director, Anthony Frost artist, John Piper artist, Dick Twinney artist, Michael Praed artist and Sue Dennett who has devised the project in support of Cornwall Hospice Care.

Each churn will be auctioned off

“Ultimately each churn will be auctioned to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care, a local charity I feel passionately about,” says organiser Sue Dennett. The Chair of the charity’s Newquay Fundraising Group, she’s supported Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice for the last 38 years. “The churns look amazing and will I’m sure, prove a big attraction at the many venues where they’ll be displayed through the summer months. We’ll then complete the auction on Wednesday 21st September at Truro Cathedral and given the comments we’ve already received; I think the bidding is going to be feverish.”

Full details of all the artists and their Churns will be available shortly on a specially created website generously donated by GSL Media of Plymouth –  www.38churns.co.uk

You can also visit the project Facebook page, created by another generous sponsor Dianne Viljoen. You can see it here (20+) Around Cornwall in 38 Churns | Facebook

View and download the map here.

The pictures below are of three of the churns that have been decorated by Kurt Jackson, Michael Praed and Dick Twinney.