Mariëlle and Mark launched Cornish Galleries, as the first online platform dedicated to promoting Cornish art, in 2018.
Mariëlle is a Dutch artist who married a Cornish man and relocated here in 2003 after completing a degree in photography and design at the University of Arts in Utrecht (Netherlands). Mark, whose parents were West Country potters and artists, relocated to Cornwall in 2012 having spent the best part of two decades building online solutions while heading a digital agency in London.
Together they set out to build a curated platform that would represent contemporary Cornish artists – from established exhibitors to talented newcomers – and promote Cornish art to new audiences.
In 2023 Cornish Galleries opened a physical space on the Rame peninsula in South East Cornwall. Located in The Barrow Centre on the stunning Mt Edgcumbe Estate, the gallery enjoys a charming and historic setting and benefits from the many attractions and amenities of the country park.