Outdoor images courtesy of Alister Heath, indoor image courtesy of Iain Inchley

Over a 24hr period in early October a group of artists took to the streets of Falmouth in dreadful weather conditions and drew the scenes they encountered in support of our work here at St Petrocs.

The bad weather however, did not deter and this year approximately 80 people took part in the drawing event with drawers aged from 6 to their mid-80s and including artists, students, and enthusiasts who between them produced around 300 images.

Helen Trevaskis said “There’s something very special about drawing, in that it makes you really look at what’s in front of you in a way that you normally don’t. This and the fact our drawing event encourages people to get out onto the streets across 24-hours, links perfectly with supporting the work of St Petrocs tackling street homelessness here in Cornwall.

We all need to stop and look again at what’s going on around us and to question what we see, like people sleeping rough and to ask, what can I do to help change this? How can I use what I’m good at to do something good? Even if that something is as simple as picking up a pencil and starting to draw.”

The result of the 24 hour event was an amazing collection of drawings, which were displayed in an exhibition and art sale hosted by Falmouth Poly, running from 8th-17th October.

”I attended Streetdraw24’s exhibition on it’s opening day and I was amazed by the quality and diversity of the work on display! The commitment, talent and passion of those involved in really challenging conditions was clearly on show. Thanks Helen, Jade and all the other artists and organisations involved! it’s really heart-warming that something like this came together and was such a success, in what has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone” said Iain Inchley of St Petrocs.

The Poly, Falmouth

Photo: Iain Inchley

Photo: Iain Inchley

We had a visit yesterday from Jade of Streetdraw24 returning the collection tins from the exhibition and sharing news of the grand total raised this year through sales and donations.


We are immensely grateful to all involved and can confirm they have raised a massive £4,198.21!!

”Thank you everyone who braved the cold and the rain for #StreetDraw24, not only to take part in such a fantastic event, but also to raise money to assist Cornwall’s homeless people. As the winter approaches and uncertainty increases around Covid-19, we all need to do as much as we can to avoid people who find themselves homeless being left out in the cold. Raising awareness through events such as #StreetDraw24 gives strength to that objective.” Said Dave Brown of St Petrocs

We would like to express a massive thank you to Helen Trevaskis and all involved in the Streetdraw24 project, this includes Jade Newlin, Sketch Club Falmouth, Pop Up Arts Fair and Sullys Framing Ltd, and The Poly Falmouth who played a huge part in this project and generously allowed use of their gallery space for free for three weeks.

Drawing: Ellie Lonsdale