St Ives School of Painting has been announced as a finalist at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2015/16 under the Artistic, Cultural and Learning category.This is the first time St Ives School of Painting has entered the competition so we are thrilled to be up for either Bronze, Silver of Gold.
Competition was fierce, and this year’s awards saw all records broken – with 172 entries (18% up on last year) and over 70 finalists. The panel of judges were busy up to the last minute, with judging taking account of entry forms, web searches, emails, telephone calls and visits, plus any available additional evidence. Even more than last year, judges were looking for a digital presence that inspired and informed visitors, with good management of online reputations and active use of social media. Judging involved a record 111 visits to businesses – often mystery visits.
Judges were looking for all elements of our business to be excellent, with some of them outstanding. To be amongst the winners, given the level of competition, is a very significant achievement indeed. The School of Painting have always strived to give student’s memorable, high quality experiences. Getting shortlisted is a great endorsement of all the hard work of staff, tutors and models, trustees and volunteers. All have worked incredibly hard over the years to keep making this small charitable art school a very special place to come to. So the tuxedo and evening dresses are at the ready. We are really looking forward to meeting all the other shortlisted organisations and celebrating together on November 17th at Headland Hotel in Newquay.