POP ART AND POP-UPS
WADEBRIDGE’S NEW CAFE/GALLERY BURSTS ONTO THE ART SCENE
POP opened in July 2013 and has quickly established itself as a rather sociable place to hang out. There’s something here for everyone, young or old, from contemporary art-lovers and cake-eaters, to dog-owners, aspiring-artists and music fans.
POP serves coffee and homemade cakes by day. Weekly toddler mornings are held on Thursdays and children’s Montessori art classes take place on Wednesday afternoons. Upstairs you will find Wadebridge Framing, there is artwork for sale and the events space is also available to hire for parties.
The gallery and café is run by Mike Polson: “The aim of POP is to provide a contemporary arts space that not only celebrates the cutting edge of Cornish creativity but also attracts leading artists from the edgier environs of London’s East End and beyond.”
Art exhibitions have so far included Michael Truelove and Artofmilo, with Pure Evil and Wild Cat Will’s collaborative show opening on 26th October.
The evening events are proving popular with locals: street-food pop-ups, exclusive art viewings, comedy nights and live music are regular fixtures in the diary.
We put our (soon to be) legendary 20 questions to POP’s Mike (above right), former guitarist for Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers, and currently bass player for Louis Eliot (above left) & the Embers:
What is your earliest memory?
Being stopped in my tracks and terrified by a giant butterfly. I assume, in hindsight, it was a normal sized butterfly and that I was very small.
What is your greatest fear?
I don’t want to say for fear of tempting fate.
Where is your favourite place in Cornwall?
Predictably one of the beaches. I’ll say Lundy at low tide.
What’s No 1 on your bucket list?
Learn to play the piano (brilliantly). That should take a while and delay kicking the bucket.
Camping or glamping?
What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Blackcurrants and cream.
Who do you most admire?
Right now it’s Malala Yousafzai (16 year old Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist known for her activism for rights to education and for women).
Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever spent a night?
Valentine’s night, 2001: a tribal long house whilst trekking in Laos with my partner Emma. They put two gunmen at the entrance for us as there’d been some inter-village shooting that week.
Early bird or night owl?
Favourite kids’ TV show?
Banana Splitz. Their life looked so perfect.
What is your favourite word?
At the time of typing, “quixotic”. It changes.
Three items you’d take to a desert island?
A guitar, good sunglasses and a lighter.
What would your superhero power be?
What’s your greatest achievement?
Cup of tea or G&T?
Cup of tea.
What would you choose for your last supper?
Thai fish cakes, lobster thermidor, crème brulée and a bottle of Cloudy Bay.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Taking down the decorations every Sunday morning at Bagley’s night club, Kings Cross.
Surf or turf?
What’s your favourite album?
London Calling (by The Clash).
The best thing about living in Cornwall is…
…being in the right place when the sun shines.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT POP:
EVIL AND WILD OPENING
6pm, Saturday, 26th October.
Acclaimed British artist of the international street art scene, Pure Evil, is exhibiting alongside London-based Wild Cat Will for the first time, in a show of “pop-art influenced creativity with a contemporary twist”. Free glass of wine, live painting from Pure Evil and tunes from Wild Cat Will. Exhibition runs until 30th November.
BURGERS, BEER AND BUBBLES
7pm – 1am, Wednesday 30th October
LOUIS ELIOT AND THE EMBERS
9pm, Thursday 31st October
Live music from Louis Eliot and the Embers, featuring POP’s very own Mike Polson on bass.
WILD BAKE PIZZA NIGHT
6.30pm, Friday 1st November
Delicious wood-fired pizzas from Wild Bake‘s converted horse box.
For more information about any of the events please see POP’s website.
TEL: 01208 815720 | 07976322189
ADDRESS: Pop Café Gallery, Unit 5, Trevanson Street, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7AW