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The Whistlefish Galleries

"I am not a natural entrepreneur, painting is my passion! I started out in 1992 painting watercolour cards at my kitchen table in Cornwall and selling them at local craft fairs. Unable to keep up with demand I saw a business opportunity for original greetings cards. I put together a business plan and with a loan of £3,500 from the Prince’s Trust and six of my own designs, Milkwood Publishing was born! I quickly became an entrepreneur expanding into larger premises producing prints as well as cards and framing them myself. Quality at an affordable price is my USP. Retailing was the next natural business opportunity that presented itself and I now have 5 successful retail outlets in Cornwall, The Whistlefish Galleries. In addition I sell in over 1400 outlets in the UK and export to France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Greece.

Our first Whistlefish Gallery opened in St Ives in 1998 followed by galleries in Falmouth, Padstow, Truro and a second in St Ives. An important factor in Whistlefish’s success is our team of talented, mostly Cornish artists who are continually producing fresh and exciting new images.

We are growing fast -so much so that we are about to double the size of our factory. Our first pilot franchise opened in Liverpool in the spring of 2008. Claire, the owner, is so delighted she opened a second franchise across the city in October 2008.

 My first gallery opened on the seafront in St. Ives. Two hundred years old it had been a glassblowers for many years, but originally was an ice store for local fishermen who caught whistlefish in the rock pools in and around St Ives bay!!! ”

The Art & Frame Centre
Florence Road Business Park, Kelly Bray
Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8EX UK
01579 383523
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