Terre Verte is an artist’s space – gallery, meeting place, a place for inspiration, nature and the imagination, for encounters. We promote and show contemporary artists’ work in the gallery in Altarnun, North Cornwall and here online; we hold exhibitions and events and nurture collaborations – between artists, between artists and writers and between artists and the rest of nature.
Named for one of the oldest artists pigments and for an attitude to our environment – green earth – Terre Verte was established in a quiet moorland village in north Cornwall in 2014. Set up as a gallery which creates several themed exhibitions each year, displaying contemporary work that is often landscape based or abstract, on links between painting and writing and on art that is concerned with our sense of place, identity and the environment.
This approach is being developed as Terre Verte evolves online: it reflects the interests of owner, Richard Sharland, and the collection of artists, writers and friends who have become regular Terre Verte contributors and participants. We hold in common an engagement with the arts as a key part of life as well as a commitment to respect the rest of nature and to living in ways that minimise our ecological footprint. The functioning of the gallery is now fully solar-powered and there is free EV charging available to visitors.
Richard credits many influences in setting up Terre Verte: his artist mother, Marjorie Sharland; watercolourist William Lyons-Wilson; artist/gallerista Li Yuan Chia; and ‘the real work’ poet Gary Snyder, amongst others. Now the gallery has a network of artists, influencers and friends of its own: many live and work nearby and are inspired by the wild moorland and coastal landscapes of north Cornwall, others come from further afield in Britain and some from much further away – Ireland, France, California, New Zealand.