Press Release - 10 July 2013

Contemporary Cornish Arts Cafe Emerges From The Ashes

A blast of urban cool and a blend of East meets West is set to enliven North Cornwall’s arts scene with the launch of POP, a new gallery/café in Wadebridge.

The aim of POP is to provide a contemporary arts space that not only celebrates the cutting edge of Cornish creativity but also attracts leading artists from the edgier environs of London’s East End.

The brainchild of Mike Polson – former guitarist of The Stranglers and current bass player of Louis Eliot & the Embers – POP has literally emerged from the ashes of a picture framing business that recently went up in smoke when a neighbouring business caught fire.

“Having worked hard to develop Wadebridge Framing, I decided to extend the business after the fire, to relocate to a more central location and invest in a contemporary arts space, café and venue for pop-up events,” explains Mike. “Across two floors, I can now offer framing services, affordable contemporary art, Cornish themed posters and photographs to customers upstairs and coffee, cake, an eclectic, ever-changing gallery space and an events venue downstairs.”

The first pop-up event at POP will be an exhibition that captures the spirit of Cornwall.

Pop#1 will feature evocative monochrome prints of Greenaway Beach by Michael Truelove; sculpture by Daniel Miles; and conceptual paintings by Andrew Syms and recent Falmouth University graduate, Emily Bennett.

With Mike’s credentials and contacts, POP has already secured Pure Evil, a key British artist of the international street art scene who featured in TV series, The Apprentice, and who exhibits globally from his Shoreditch base and Will Blanchard, aka Wildcat Will, who has exhibited his reconfigured ready-mades and collage across the globe from London to Los Angeles for POP#2.

“As well as art viewings showcasing the best of contemporary work from artists from West to East, other pop-up events will include kids’ art classes and regular comedy nights, where we will play host to talent from around the country,” adds Mike.  “We are also offering the space for hire and because we have built all our fittings on wheels, we can move everything around to accommodate every kind of event, whether it’s a children’s party, music showcase or presentation.  We look forward to welcoming art-lovers from across the county to experience our first exhibition, view the space and enjoy a glass of wine, canapés and gourmet marshmallows at our launch from ?pm on Thursday 25 July.”

For further information about POP, contact Jilly @ Curlew Communications by emailing or ‘phoning 07743 164434