Open from 17 September in the museum’s new gallery, ‘Agan Kernow: Make it Better’ combines the work of two local community photography projects.

Cornwall Adult Education’s ‘Locally Led Learning’ and Make it Better CIC’s ‘Discover Smartphone Photography’ projects both explore how photography can promote better health and wellbeing.

‘Agan Kernow’, which is Cornish for ‘Our Cornwall’, is a collection of documentary photography from students of ‘Locally Led Learning’. The photographs were taken during group outings walking around St Austell and clay country. The project allowed learners to get out in the fresh air, build their confidence and skill set and see familiar surroundings with a new perspective.

‘Discover Smartphone Photography’ led by Ruth Purdy of Make it Better CIC introduced participants to the fun and creativity of photography using only a smartphone. Weekly photography challenges gave participants a chance to express themselves and explore their creativity saying something new about themselves and their community.

Both projects highlight that meeting together, being creative and enjoying the local landscape can aid in mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We look forward to welcoming you to Agan Kernow: Make it Better in our new gallery. If you feel inspired to take your own photographs or share your own thoughts and reflections on your local landscapes then please email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media @whealmartyn.

While you’re here, make sure you also check out our outdoor photography exhibition Echoes of the Past, featuring a collection of poetry written by our 2021 Trainee Curator Alexander Thomas.

Free exhibition (normal museum admission applies).