Supporting the St Ives School of Painting.

Every gift, however large or small, will make a difference to us.   



It’s Sunday morning. A clear winter sun lights up the studio. Stand, look, draw, look again. It may sound simple but this is harder than you thought it would be. To stand at a real artists easel, looking intently, holding your breath you make that first tentative mark. Two hours disappears. You have been somewhere else. Exhausted, standing back, you feel a rush of pride at the work you have created that will stay with you for the rest of the day. Perhaps an echo of this Sunday morning, the magic of the studio bathed in light, your delight in your achievement, will stay with you for life.

What a wonderful way to start the new year for this young artist. An adventure in looking at the world in a whole new way.

For the past year this experience has been opened up to young people who have come to our after school club, our Sunday group and in the summer our intensive Culture Camp. We have been able to do this with funding from Arts Council England, Rotary St Ives and Wilhelmina Barns Graham Trust. The other vital funder has been you. It is the money from your course fees that helps us pay for these opportunities. On top of that our students have been donating extra when they can.

At the end of 2018 our funding comes to an end. We believe, what these young people get from their time at Porthmeor Studios, is so valuable we don’t want it to stop. We need your help to ensure we keep going. Every pound you donate to us will go towards securing those magical creative moments for many more young people.

£60 would help pay for all the materials one child would need to complete a year with us.

£200 would cover the cost of a creative session for eight young people.


We are also seeking donations to help update some of our studio equipment and we have taken on a brand-new studio at Penwith Gallery that we need to set up from scratch. We are looking to buy a whole new set of easels to have a fresh start.

Would you like to make a gift and help us?

A gift of £50  will  help keep our studios updated and well equipped and we will name you on our website as a supporter.

For £150 a new easel will be named after you with your own engraved plaque and you will be acknowledged in our annual printed publication and website.

Please give a gift to our future students and become part of the furniture in our historic studios.

Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Every gift, however large or small, will make a difference to us and leaving a bequest is one of the most powerful and effective ways of ensuring that the School continues to thrive for future generations.

A bequest from Alison Holt from Norfolk enabled the School to purchase new blinds for its large studio skylights, while other bequests have been used to provide furniture and equipment as well as support young artists.

How to Leave a Gift

It’s easy to leave a gift in your will to St Ives School of Painting. Just make sure you include the following details:

Charity name: St Ives Art School trading as St Ives School of Painting

Registered Address: St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NG.

Registered charity no 1146825


We would love to know if you plan to leave us a bequest as we would like to thank you. If you would like to talk to us about either making a bequest or supporting something specific please email Jane Cowans at or call 01736 797180.


Leaving a gift legacy St Ives School of Painting