1938 – 2018  CELEBRATING OUR 80TH 


As part of the September Festival this year we created a pop up archive and workshop space in our new studio at Penwith Gallery with the help of St Ives Archive. We delved into the fascinating history of the St Ives School of Painting and the town of St Ives over the past 80 years. Watch our short animated film created by visitors, young people and St Ives Archive volunteers.

Special thanks to our funders who supported the creation of our Animated Archive – Lttle Parc Owles Trust and Cornwall Heritage Trust.

Talk: St Ives in 1938 – People, Buildings, Events and the Opening of The St Ives School of Painting



10.30am-11.30am £5.50

To coincide with the 80th anniversary of the opening of the St Ives School of Painting in the Porthmeor Studios, in May 1938, Janet Axten, Heritage Manager of St Ives Archive, gives an illustrated talk showing what it was like to live in the town in the year before the start of World War Two.

How to Book Tickets

Buying Tickets Online.

Tickets can be booked online through the Cornish Riviera Booking Office website.

Buying Tickets in person.

Tickets can be bought at St Ives Library and Information Centre, St Ives Library, Gabriel Street, St Ives TR26 2LS Tel: 01736 796297 Opening hours: 9:30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and between May and September will be open Sundays from 10am – 3pm.

Also: at Tourist Offices in Penzance, Falmouth, St Mawes, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Padstow, Looe, Liskeard and Launceston.

Plus: The Heartlands Pool Redruth, Portscatho Post Office and ‘Bookends’ Fowey.

Buying Tickets on the door.

Tickets can be bought on the door, if they are available.