An exhibition and workshop that explores the art of making and repair - and teaches these skills to visitors - will open in July at the Newlyn Art Gallery.

Craftschool is an exhibition and workshop space that examines the art of making, the connection to materials, the sharing of skills and the repair and recycling of objects to extend their functionality.

The artists exhibiting in the upper gallery will share the space with a practical workshop for one-hour taster classes in the mornings led by regional makers, which is free with admission.

Visitors are invited to try their hand at a range of crafts, such as at spoon-carving, weaving on cardboard looms or crafting a wooden whistle.

Artist Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens presents his film Gill & Gill, a study of a female boulderer and a master letter cutter and their mutual relationship with stone.

Finalist in the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Celia Pym’s practice is concerned with repair, in particular the darning of favourite worn-out or frayed clothes and celebrating the evidence of damage.

James Hankey has been patching together different damaged chairs to make usable ones to furnish his new home - for his MA he took this approach to conceptual extremes, such as using crochet as a mug handle.

The Japanese collective Ishinomaki Laboratory, who will be represented by a short film, inspired the gallery staff to make the workshop space together, under the guidance of the gallery’s exhibition technician.

Meanwhile in the lower gallery there will be a display of work by makers based in Cornwall working in wood, metal and fabric, with an emphasis on purity of materials and function, alongside black and white portraits of the makers in their workplace by photographer Oliver Udy.

Craftschool provides a platform for makers to experiment or realise an ambitious piece of work, including Ravi Bains, Kai Venus-Demetrio, Jacob Dodd, Francli Craftwear, Sarah Johnson, Felix McCormack, Jack McGuinness, Heather Scott and Lucie Wren.

Craftschool builds on the history of the industrial classes and the subsequent Newlyn Copper, an arts and crafts class to train and provide an alternative employment for fishermen. Archive material will be on display in the resource area while craft work for sale

will be presented in the shop and café.

Classes will be relaxed and friendly, aimed at absolute beginners of all ages, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Though the one-hour classes are free with admission, a donation is requested for materials.

Each Thursday the following week’s programme of classes will be listed on the Newlyn Art Gallery website

An opening event will take place on Friday, July 21, from 7pm to 9pm with food and a pay bar.