The title Hireth is a Cornish word for which there is no direct English translation. It describes an intangible feeling, a longing for the familiarity and comfort of a place.

The overarching aim of Hireth is to present the visitor with images of Cornwall that will hopefully evoke an emotional response to their sense of place.

The feeling might be triggered by a sound, a taste, an accent or an image. They are images that ‘mean’ Cornwall to people, be they holidaymakers or locals, visiting a place for the first time or for the thirty-first.

The works shown are all taken from the collections of The Royal Cornwall Museum and Cornwall Council’s Schools Art Collection.

The notion of an art gallery showing its work to visitors will be turned on its head with the installation of a screen offering people the chance to display images of what Cornwall means to them, their own very particular sense of place together with an opportunity to explain why that place is so special. This will be achieved through the RIC200 Instagram account.

The works in the exhibition will change throughout the year and new selections will be made by a variety of community groups who will try to encapsulate what Cornwall means to them, jointly curating and interpreting the show with museum staff.


Watch paintings conservator Alison Smith discuss her work on the restoration of ‘The Estuary’ by John Noble Barlow: