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Press Release | St Ives School of Painting | Inspirational Summer Workshops


02.05.18 | For immediate use


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One Day Summer Workshops Inspired by
St Ives' Greatest Artists

Held in celebration of St Ives School of Painting's 80th Year 

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Throughout the summer, St Ives School of Painting are celebrating their 80th Anniversary with a special series of half and one day workshops that invite you to explore your creativity in the relaxed surroundings of their studios on Porthmeor Beach. Inspired by celebrated artists who have worked in St Ives over the last 80 years, they include workshops based on the work of Patrick Heron, Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon, Leonard Fuller and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. You can try your hand at painting and drawing in the School's spacious, light filled studios, and be as inspired by the scenery and surroundings as these world famous artists. Workshops are run by experienced, professional artists, and are designed for all levels, from complete beginner to the more experienced.

Class sizes are small and all materials are provided. Courses run throughout July and August, every Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm (£40), and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm (£80). Drop ins are welcome but places are limited so prebooking is advisable. Call 01736 797180 or email to book. 

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St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NG | | Tel: 01736 797180 |




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Editors Notes

St Ives School of Painting

Situated on St Ives' spectacular Porthmeor Beach, the Grade II listed Porthmeor Studios building has been an inspiring workspace for artists for over a century. Today, the St Ives School of Painting operates out of two of the building's studios. The remaining studios are rented out to local and national artists while the Tate Gallery has historically run a residency programme in Studio 5. Meanwhile, twelve boats continue to work out of the fishermen's cellars beneath the studios.

From the late 19thcentury onwards, Porthmeor Studios became an inspiring workplace and exhibition space for internationally acclaimed artists, including some of the big names of 20th Century British painting, such as Julius Olsson, Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon, Patrick Heron and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Today their paint marks still decorate the studio walls where important pieces of work were created. The St Ives School of Painting has been running art classes in Porthmeor Studios since 1938. In 2000 it became a registered charity. Class sizes are limited and tutors are all practising artists with many years teaching experience. The school provides quality tuition across a variety of artistic disciplines, suitable for all levels from complete beginners to those with more experience.

In 2010, The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust headed a £4 million renovation, supported with public funding by Arts Council England, to renovate and refurbish the building. Overseen by award-winning architects Long & Kentish, the sensitive renovations of the Grade II listed building have ensured that the features of its important heritage are not lost, while providing a facelift which enables the unique complex to move into the future as a successful and functioning workplace for both the artists and the fishermen.

St Ives School of Painting and the St Ives Art School are trading names of names of St Ives Art School, company no 7871063 registered in England, a company limited by guarantee, registered charity no 1146825. Registered office: St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives. Cornwall. TR26 1NG |01736 797180| |

Supported by Rotary International, Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council.