Our Art Community
The Grade II* Porthmeor Studios in St Ives has an incomparable heritage. Previous tenants have included Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron and Francis Bacon, and it currently provides workspace for artists, fishermen and of course, the St Ives School of Painting.
As residents of Porthmeor Studios we are right at the heart of St Ives buzzing artists’ quarter. Thought to be the oldest artists’ studios in the country, hosting several generations of artists – Porthmeor Studios are particularly well known for their role at the heart of the late nineteenth century St Ives art colony as well as being a home to the mid 20th Century St Ives Modernists. Get a taste of what life was like in the artists’ colony, walking along the unchanged streets where you’re never more than a few steps from a working studio or workshop
Barbara Hepworth's St Ives: A Tour of the Inspirational Town
As seen in… Words by Jonathan Lorie As a major exhibition of the British sculptor opened, Jonathan Lorie traveled to St Ives, the town that inspired Barbara Hepworth, to feel its draw for himself. “Are you OK to get a bit mucky?” asks the drawing teacher as he hands me a stick of charcoal on...
Mastering The Art of Keeping it Simple
As seen in… Artist tutors Liz Luckwell and Marion Taylor share their insights to achieving modernist minimalism in a modern time frame. Harness the powerful abstract potential of the still life, inspired by modernist icons William Scott and Ben Nicholson. “The art of art, the glory of expression, is simplicity,” once quipped the great American...
How to Create a Colour Beginning
As seen in… A Fresh Start JMW Turner expert Hilary Gibson reveals how ‘colour beginnings’ formed the basis of the artist’s greatest oil paintings and shows you how to create one at home. During my career as an illustrator and art tutor, JMW Turner’s draughtsmanship and ‘colour beginnings’ have been a constant joy and inspiration....