Bucking the cistern – loos become art space
IT WAS designed for the people of St Ives to spend a penny … but now two local business owners have spent a pretty penny turning this former public loo into a public art space.
Barnoon public toilet – which has stood derelict for more than eight years – has become Barnoon Workshop after Zoe and Pete Giles renovated it.
The building was leased from Cornwall Council about a year ago by Zoe and Pete and has been slowly gutted and transformed into a light and airy space that sits in a stunningly beautiful location overlooking Porthmeor beach.
But it hasn't been an easy journey.
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Zoe said: "The project took longer than anticipated as we were working on a tight budget with limited time, and we had a number of setbacks.
"Unbelievably for a former toilet, we discovered that there is no water to the building, as new pipework needs to be dug to the mains supply, at a cost of several thousand pounds."
However, in the meantime there will be a small number of workshops held in the space, with limited numbers, including rag rug-making this Sunday, an introduction to sculpture on January 26, and a starter guitar day planned for February 2.
Future plans for the workshop include holding drop-in craft activities, engaging in community art projects, and hiring the space to local organisations or individuals.
Details can be found on the Barnoon Workshop Facebook page, and on Twitter.