Here you will find the latest news from Tamsin Dearing Fine Art, including exhibitions, events, drawing demonstrations and more.


Promas CIC awarded Big Lottery funding

promas logo webPromas CIC, whom I am proud to collaborate with, have been successful in obtaining Reaching Communities funding from the Big Lottery. I am extremely proud of all involved who have helped to make this massive achievement happen, as the funding bid process it has taken eight months of hard work involving two intense stages to finally reach the deciding Board where only 50% receive funding.

And most importantly, it means that that Promas CIC has three years funding to continue and expand its work with unpaid carers. Keep looking at their website as new dates and courses are coming soon.

On Promas' website you can also see a gallery of artwork created by carers on the Pencil This In courses, as well as pictures of their sell out fundraiser events and lots, lots more. If you know of or are yourself living in Cornwall and a carer of someone, do get in touch with Promas as so many I speak with say that their training was truly life changing for them.

Many congratulations Promas! It is very well deserved good news and a rightful investment in the future of carers and this wonderful organisation which supports them.


Original Artwork on Display

Grampound Cafe Pictures December 2015


These four original pastel paintings of mine are currently on display and for sale at Grampound Village Cafe. They are hanging alongside two original pieces by Trevor Hawkins - the man behind Atson: Art - Make - Teach - a lino print and a pyrography piece.

They are available to view till the end of December, so if you are passing, do pop in for great coffee and cake in this lovely community cafe

Art Auction for Precious Lives


Unique pieces of art have been created to raise funds as part of a secret online auction in aid of Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives appeal. Fabulous artwork has been sent in from across the UK and further afield. Many well-known artists and celebrities have sent in their masterpieces. Although I cannot tell you which one, I have donated a specially created original piece of artwork which can be found amongst all the other stunning artworks.

Have a browse of the online gallery, support this fantastic cause and get some beautiful art in the process. All details and a link to the auction can be found here:


Boxer Joins Greetings Card Range


This Boxer portrait, created using coloured pencil, is one of my most popular animal pictures. The original drawing sold the first night it was exhibited, and now it is available as a greetings card design so it can be shared with all those who love this handsome and gentle breed.

It is just £2.00 for any of my greetings cards, and in the Gallery you can see at a glance which designs are available as such. All of my cards are printed locally in Cornwall, and can be ordered simply by contacting me.

The Art of Caring

promas logo webPromas CIC are specialists in providing training for unpaid carers, and in an exciting new partnership they are working with Plymouth Carers hub in 2016. The Art of Caring is a two day course, which will be delivered five times over the course of the year, and is aimed at unpaid carers in Plymouth who are caring for someone experiencing mental ill health.

Over the last two years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of one of Promas' courses, Pencil This In, and have delivered a Learn to Draw workshop to compliment the work that Bernie, Jenny and the carers whom attend cover. This model has been so successful that it has been reimagined for The Art of Caring and Plymouth Carers Hub. We are all very excited to be taking this further and to be able to reach more carers and offer them some support as well as skills to be able to employ in their eveyday life and roles.

 Plymouth Guild Logo HIGH RESFor more information about The Art of Caring, 2016 course dates and to book your place, please contact Plymouth Carers Hub's manager Lee Sewrey on 01752 201890 or visit

And for more information about Promas, visit their website where you will find all the opportunities, details of upcoming events and can browse the gallery of artwork created on the Pencil This In workshops.



Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World copyright T.Dearing 2015

First and foremost I would like to say a huge thank you to both Helen Carmina Photography who took the original photograph for this portrait, and to the mother and baby who are the stars of it. It is a stunning image which I feel privileged to have been allowed to draw. I am really grateful for the opportunity to create this piece of art and for all the conversations with mothers and fathers which this picture has sparked.

The inspiration behind this drawing came from a student of mine, who is one of a team of highly dedicate midwives at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, in Truro. The team are hard at work improving the maternity wards and creating an increasingly welcoming and relaxing environment through a number of measures, including updating the decoration of the wards. My students and I were invited to donate a piece of artwork that would be fitting for such a space which can then be hung in the maternity unit to be enjoyed by all who work and stay there.

When I saw Helen Carmina Photography's incredible photograph, I was so touched by the image and struck by the fact it is rare to see a birth by cesaren section celebrated. I soon discovered that the photograph had captured the imagination of countless people and been seen by millions all around the world. I believe that art has a vital role to play in society, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Helen's photograph really highlighted to me the importance of feeling represented in the world around you; and at a time as vulnerable as giving birth, I feel this is more important than ever.


Helen, and the mother featured, generously gave me permission to draw this image so that it can be displayed at Treliske hospital. On behalf of myself and all whom who will see and be touched by this picture, I thank you both. And for the courage and humilty it takes to reveal the most precious moment and to share it with the world like this, I commend you - the mother of this most beautiful child. I know that you will continue to serve as an inspiration to many families, though you may never meet, and that your journey together through life brings you great joy. Welcome to the world, little one.

Helen Carmina Photography is based in Guernsey, Channel Islands, and specialises in pregnancy and newborn photography as well as being an experienced wedding photographer


Cultural Threads - Free Fun Day

Cultural Threads Fun Day Nov 2015I am very happy to have been invited to take part in the upcoming Family Fun Day that Cultural Threads are hosting in Redruth, Cornwall on the 7th November.

It is a great opportunity for families from diverse backgrounds to come together and enjoy spending time getting creative, playing, talking, making new friends, learning about what is available in the area, and finding out more about the wonderful work that Cultural Threads are doing.

All are welcome to join us between 1pm and 4pm at Gweal-An-Tops in Redruth, Cornwall, and join the fun. I am really looking forward to meeting old friends and new, and along with fellow artist Trevor Hawkins, will be running printing and clay sculpture workshops for all ages.


For more information about the day and about Cultural Threads, contact Sarah on 07794 381 960 or visit the website





Imagine Sessions - Supporting Those Living with Dementia Creatively

United Response - Imagine Sessions flers as one image

United Response are a national charity, who in Cornwall are working on a new initiative to promote health aand well being for those who are living with memory loss and dementia through the arts.

To begin wth there are three sessions running on a weekly basis, which are in Falmouth, Truro and Newquay. At each of these sessions there are both support workers and professional artists, who lead a variety of sessions designed to stimulate, engage and build confidence and skills.

I am one of the many artists who make up the team, and will be working at each of the locations over the coming months. My role is to facilitate creative activities which are accessible and fun and all designed with the needs of the individuals in mind.

To read more about how this project came about, and the importance of arts as a part of the wider support on offer for people living with memory loss, this article by Dr Marian Naidoo, United Response's Dementia Lead explains all


Cultural Threads CIC - Celebrating Culture Creatively

Cultural Threads is a newly formed Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Cornwall, which celebrates cultural diversity in Cornwall.

They aim to work in partnership with other organisations to provide small scale creative projects. Cultural Threads work with schools, community groups and other organisations by providing support with multicultural creative workshops, black history month, arts festivals, cultural heritage projects and much more.

I was delighted to be invited to support their work through my pencil portraiture, by drawing 12 inspiring black people from current and past times. These drawings are designed to be printed as cards, giving school children and teachers a starting point for research projects for the children to learn about Black people who include athletes, musicians, activists, scientists and authors. Some of whom will be familiar, and others less so, though all are highly respected and have made great contributions to society and all deserve to be remembered and celebrated.

Cultural Threads Inspiring Black People Cards Copyright T.Dearing 2015

I certainly learned a lot through this project, and am very grateful to Cultural Threads for this, and am thrilled to be able to be a small part of the wonderful and very important work that they do.

Visit the Cultural Threads website:  to discover what's on in Cornwall and beyond, along with lots of resources for Black and Minority Ethnic individuals, families and communities. You will also find events, services, news and a brilliant video from Alverton School in Penzance who spent the day exploring Black History Month with Cultural Threads through art, poetry, music and much more.


Autumn Exhibition at Lander Gallery in Truro

Tamsin Dearing Heart of Stone Copyright 2015This October sees the Lander Gallery open its doors to artists both experienced and those who are new to exhibiting. The diversity of images that this approach brings may well surprise you, as the standard of work is extremely high and serves as a great reminder of just how creative the people of Cornwall are.

My contribution to this excelllent exhibition is two of my favourite pencil drawings, Heart of Stone and Koda.


As well as having the opportunity to purchase an original artwork at an excellent price, visitors to Lander Gallery are also invited to vote for their favourite artwork shown, the one with the most votes will win the People's Choice award and the artist will receive a prize of £100

Tamsin Dearing Koda Copyright 2014Receiving positive feedback from the public can make all the difference to an artist, as it takes a lot to put your work up for public consumption and often we are our own worst critics, so please do cast your vote for whichever picture you enjoy the most, I know you will help make someone's day a memorable one and give a most welcome boost to a local creator.

The exhibition runs till Saturday 31st October, and Lander Gallery's website for further details can be found here: