What we do

Awenek Studio brings individuals together with their community through art and creative activities.

Driven by a spirit of community self-help, Awenek Studio is widely recognised as an organisation that provides non-judgmental, invaluable activities to support people’s wellbeing of all ages, abilities, genders, and backgrounds – for some, a safe relaxing space, giving respite from personal challenges.

Awenek in the community

The Awenek team of artists are well equipped to come out to your space and provide art activities for community groups, events or organisations.

We offer a wide range of activities for different ages, abilities, group sizes and budgets. Arts and crafts activities are perfect for promoting mental well-being, personal development and motor skills, and can provide a focus for social events and group meetings.

Get in touch with us to find out more about our activity offers…

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Awenek Studio in schools

Awenek in schools

The Awenek Studio team can facilitate a wide range of arts activities and workshops for schools.

We can provide extra-curricular art groups, in-lesson painting and drawing classes or collaborative projects.

We can attend school family fun days and help with interactive arts and crafts activities to bring the community together with your school. We can also help with the revamping of display boards and signs around your school and even help with backdrops for school plays.

Get in touch to speak to us about any ideas you may have for linking your school with your local community and arts in your area.

How to find us

Our groups and services are all outreach-based, working in partnership with local venues and organisations.

We’re based just outside Millbrook in South-East Cornwall, and we serve our local communities in the Rame Peninsular, including Millbrook, Torpoint, Cawsand, Kingsand and beyond.

See our ‘What’s on’ section to find out where we’ll be over the coming weeks.

If you don’t see what your looking for or if you’d like to visit us, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Who are and how we came about

‘Awenek’ – Cornish for ‘creative’.

Awenek Studio is a Community Interest Company with three directors:

  • Rosie French (Director and Studio Manager);
  • Frances Brennan (Director);
  • and Fiona Raymont (Director).

The CIC (Community Interest Company) was formed in May 2017 by Rosie French and Frances Brennan and is based on the Rame Peninsula, South-East Cornwall.

Rosie is a talented artist passionate about social change, incorporating creativity. She is based in Millbrook with her partner and 3 children.

Frances, also based in Millbrook has always worked within social inclusion and primarily helping people with disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential.

Rosie had the idea for the studio from speaking to other families, many of whom are on low incomes, some living in poverty and struggling to find affordable housing. Her involvement in running local toddler groups meant that she was acutely aware of families who were finding it hard to fund activities for their children, especially during the long school holidays.

Working with the Real Ideas Organisation, Rosie formed Awenek Studio CIC and began to develop the idea. Frances became a fellow Director and provided start-up funding. More recently Fiona Raymont has joined the team, who, working for the University of Plymouth, has considerable expertise in providing advice to individuals on developing career options.

Awenek Studio’s mission is to provide welcoming, safe spaces for people of all ages to enjoy art, crafts, and creative activities through workshops, informal drop-in sessions and collaborative projects.

Meet the team

Creative Learning Lab

Rosie French

After studying at both Plymouth College of Art and Epsom University, Rosie went on to pursue her own art, abstract impressionist oil landscapes and illustration. Whilst raising her young family where she grew up, art and creativity have always been close to her heart.

“I have always been an artist, loving how art can express how you view the world, improve your confidence and peace of mind, and connect you to your surroundings. Art and creativity bring joy to groups and individuals”.

Rosie went on to form Awenek Studio to bring community health and well-being together through creativity.

Hazel Moorey

“Art, craft and community have been recurring themes interwoven throughout different stages of my life” says Hazel. She always has different craft projects on the go; whether its creative writing, crochet, knitting, sewing, watercolour, felting or origami. Her experience in leading activity groups and working in a diverse range of community groups and contexts makes Hazel a key part of the team.

Creative Learning Lab

Helen Kuumbi – Tutor

Helen is a talented local acrylic landscape artist, published writer and folk musician. She is passionate about history and community arts. Helen has worked with us over the years, providing history sketch events and nature-inspired art and painting classes. A valued member of the team in Awenek Studio’s community murals.

Sally Turner – Tutor

Sally is a well-known local community art facilitator and potter. We love working with Sally who provides family pottery introduction classes, nature clay sculpting and is a talented mixed media and family activity artist.

Chris Stone – Volunteer

Our current volunteer is a friendly and approachable experienced artist and community creative. He has been doing work experience with us as part of his studies into Community Art and Well-being and his own future pathways in the field.

“I’m Chris, a final year Painting, Drawing and Printmaking student at Arts University Plymouth. I can provide some simple art activities, such as still life drawing, or pen and wash, a simple and loose way of colouring your drawings. I’m also happy to help with your own projects, or we can have just have a cuppa and a natter. I look forward to seeing you”. 

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