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Sat, 09 Mar



International Women's Day Gala

Celebrating the power, strength, and achievements of Women

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International Women's Day Gala
International Women's Day Gala

Time & Location

09 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 22:00

Penryn, Penryn TR10 9FE, UK


About the event

Celebrate the power, strength, and achievements of women at our highly anticipated International Women's Day Gala – the event of the year!

Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with inspiring speeches from Catherine Lucktaylor, Ria Poole, and sensational performances from talented artists Lisa Miners, Alysa Chekh, and Lottee Brown. But that's not all – there will also be a three course meal and raffle!

By purchasing a ticket to our International Women's Day Gala, you're not only treating yourself to an extraordinary experience but also making a meaningful contribution to support our cause,, with the money going back into helping women in the community. So don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of something truly special. (Pay by BACS to avoid fees, see below for details!)

Secure your tickets now and be prepared to be inspired like never before!

Three course meal:


Artisan Middle Eastern Mezze

A platter of vines leaves, hummus, olives, pickles served with fresh vegetables & bread


Slow Cooked Lamb Tagine, served with rice


Baked Sweet Potato Tagine, served with rice


Double Chocolate Brownie served with fresh Fruit

Join us for talks by:

Catherine Lucktaylor

Catherine is a ceramicist whose contemporary hand-formed Raku ceramics blend her African ancestry with the Cornish landscape. She has a degree in ceramics and has been a member of Earth Kilns, a collective focused on Raku and smoke firings, kiln building and the exploration of low-fired ceramic techniques.

In 1999, Catherine received a Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, which took her on an exciting journey through West Africa and Brazil, researching traditional religion and sacred art. The expedition not only facilitated a profound connection with her Ghanaian heritage, but also led her to reuinite with her Ghanaian father. Upon her return, she curated the impactful Sanctuary exhibition, supported by Arts Council England.

After moving to Cornwall in 2009, she started focussing on her ceramic career. She established her large rural studio near Penzance and began offering Raku courses, nurturing aspiring artists while showcasing her ceramics through galleries and her website. Recently, Catherine has incorporated her training in Ancestral Lineage Healing into her practice and hosts healing arts retreats and grief rituals interwoven with creativity and ceramics.

Ria Poole

Dr Ria Poole is an Egyptian painter and ceramicist, living and working in West Cornwall. Her work is intimately situated in the Cornish landscape, where she paints en plein air in all weathers, sometimes in hard-to-reach locations to enable her to capture the most interesting perspectives. The expressive abstraction of her studio work is playfully unbound, embracing a range of techniques and media, celebrating colour and painterliness. Ria exhibits widely across the UK and is represented by New Craftsman Gallery (St Ives), Wave 7 (Wadebridge), Aubergine Gallery (London), Hayden Gallery (Marlow) and St Ives Contemporary. Her paintings have been shortlisted for various art prizes, including Creates Emerging Artist Award 2020, Black Swan Open Art Prize 2019, and Artists and Illustrators Artists of the Year Award 2018. She is a member of St Ives Society of Artists and an associate member of Penwith Society of Arts at Penwith Gallery.

Ria is also an Innovation Consultant, Psychologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow specialising in the development and evaluation of complex interventions in public health, the environment and the creative arts. Ria works with organisations and businesses to design, implement and evaluate their innovative products, services and working practices to address various social and environmental challenges and create meaningful and sustainable impact. She has a PhD from the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University, and a BSc in Applied Psychology at Cardiff University.

And entertainment by:

Alysa Chekh

Alysa is a Ukranian artisist who performs audiovisual arts. Growing up in Ukraine, she moved to the UK in 2022 and followed her passion for music by taking a music business course in London. She is currently studying Botany at the Eden Project, where she aims to create botanical eco-villages around the world to combat climate change.

In cooperation with the Ukrainian composer, Aina Vilberh, Alysa created the composition 'Drop', which she will perform at the Gala.

Lottee Brown

Lottee is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from Cornwall. Starting her performing career aged 14, she quickly made an impact with her blues powerhouse vocals.

Lottee has a depth of emotionality to her voice that enables her to deliver a wide range of genres, including soulful ballards and R&B. She is recognised as a consumate performer, and she is a young ambassador for Children's Hospice Southwest, Variety GB and Anti Bullying UK. To date, her musical talent has helped raise over £70,000 for these and other charities.

She is currently writing her first album, and is about to release her debut single, 'Two Time Lover'.

Lisa Miners

Lisa is a vocalist with over 27 years of experience from holiday parks, cruise ships and hotels, including 24 years singing for the Blend Hotel Group - including The Carlyon Bay Hotel and The Royal Dutchy Hotel.

Only recently beginning her solo career since the pandemic, Lisa has a wide repertoire of songs, from Dua Lipa to Disney, ABBA to Ella Fitzgerald.

£ 25 per person

Or pay by BACS

Account name: Inspiring Women

Account number: 65637735

Sort code: 089299

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