Blystra Arts

Association for Cornish Heritage through their partnership in Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum have worked with Blystra Arts on various projects. These included the very successful ‘Tide & Time project’ in 2017/2018 and in 2019 the ‘Faces of Newquay’ project.

'Time and Tide' was a collaborative project between Blystra Arts and the Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum, to create a range of creative activities that encourage engagement in heritage. These included a historically accurate play with choreographed dance sequences and original music.

It looked at aspects of Newquay’s history through the life of one woman, Mary Sheppard from her childhood in the 1850’s through her marriage to William, subsequent widowhood and remarriage and events that she would have seen during this period. Mary [Right] lived for 89 years and saw the largest change that Newquay would probably ever experience. From a small fishing village of some few hundred people through to the beginnings of Newquay’s tourist boom in the 1930’s and a population of several thousand.

The 'Time & Tide' project was widely shared through live performances including at the Lowender Peran Celtic Festival and the 2018 Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival [Below] in Newquay.  The display was exhibited at a number of venues at different times throughout Newquay including at the museum.

Blystra Arts
Tide & Time Event Poster
Mary Pappin Sheppard circa 1935
Tide & Time - Gorsedh Kernow 2018
Tide & Time - Gorsedh Kernow 2018
Tide & Time - Gorsedh Kernow 2018
Tide & Time - Gorsedh Kernow 2018

Faces of Newquay was a Blystra Arts project where Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum and Association for Cornish Heritage provided a range of historic images of Newquay folk and biographies telling something of their lives and impact on Newquay.

Below a selection of Newquay people from 'Faces of Newquay' who lived during the early 19th to the late 20th centuries.

William Pappin 1820-1907 Master Mariner
William Carveth 1900-1916 Sea Scout
Sarah Teague Husband 1849-1943 Author and School Head Mistress
Donald & William Hosking