with St Ives School of Painting, Leach Pottery and Tate St Ives.

Culture Camp is an art project designed to bring culture to Cornish teens.

Two Culture Camps will run in October 2019, led by practicing artists in a truly inspirational setting overlooking the beach, where artists have worked for over a hundred years. The students will achieve a Bronze Arts Award as part of the camp to support their future.   This project is part funded by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust , Rotary Club of St Ives, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Arts Award Access Fund. Student donations and income raised though course fees will also help to make this project happen.


We are continuing to fundraise to ensure we can deliver this October’s Culture Camp for local young people. If you would like to help us, please visit our support us page here.

This project was set up in 2017 to open the doors of Cornish cultural experiences that local young people would have seen but may not have entered. It features Raku firing and ceramic tile making at Leach Pottery, a Tate St Ives behind-the-scenes tour and a talk about jobs in galleries, and painting and drawing at Porthmeor Studios. This content runs alongside a Bronze Arts Award accreditation, which is a nationally recognised qualification in the arts.

We prioritised young people who would especially benefit from access to dynamic and inspiring cultural experiences without cost being a barrier. We had two successful Arts Award moderations by Trinity College where 57 young people achieved their Bronze Arts Award.

This opened young people up to other possibilities to get involved in the arts, whether that was taking them as options at school, joining our youth programme, starting a Silver Arts Award or applying for art subjects in college. For some it encouraged them to engage in learning again. The young people valued being treated like artists and making art in real art industry environments.

We now want to offer this same value to a new group of young people. Culture Camp 2019 moves into the next phase as an inclusion project. We have won funding from the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust which enables us to offer two Culture Camps – for excluded young people at Nine Maidens Pupil Referral Unit and for young people on Pupil Premium or from low income backgrounds in west Cornwall secondary schools.


The referred young people will have access to the following experiences for free:

+ Visit to Leach Pottery to take a tour of their museum. Make ceramic tiles in their pottery studio and then decorate and fire their own beautiful Raku pot.

+ Visit the Tate St Ives to see the current exhibition with a behind-the-scenes tour and an inspirational talk about being a curator.

+ Learn Modernist painting techniques at Porthmeor Studios – a creative hub for the St Ives Modernists; learn about the history of the movement and make artwork inspired by its prominent figures.

Six secondary schools in west Cornwall are taking part in this exciting creative opportunity for their young people.
If you’d like to know more about Culture Camp, please contact Cat on

With thanks to our generous Funders:


Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust was established by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in 1987 to secure her life’s work and archive for future generations. The trust is generously providing financial support for Culture Camp.
Culture Camp image courtesy of ©Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust.

St Ives Rotary

St Ives Rotary offer generous support  to the Schools’ work with local young people. Part of the proceeds raised by the annual artist postcard sale held during the September Festival  is donated to the School. This supports our Sunday Art Club as well as other creative programmes for  local young people.

The National Lottery Community Fund

This is using funding raised by National Lottery players for good causes. It’s thanks to them that the National Lottery give out more than £500 million to charities, community and voluntary groups each year.



Rotary St Ives