St Ives Past & Present
A collection of films regarding St Ives School of Painting and the importance of St Ives and Porthmeor Studios as an artists’ colony.
ST IVES IN THE PAST
A glimpse into St Ives and the St Ives School of Painting originally established here in 1938 by Leonard Fuller. Have fun spotting the same buildings that still surround the studios in the artistic quarter. See how little has changed!
THE RENOVATION OF THE STUDIOS
In 2012 the £4M renovation of Porthmeor Studios was finally completed. Decades of exposure to Atlantic gales had greatly weakened the fabric of the building and it found itself on the English Heritage ‘Buildings At Risk Register. The works involved the repair and strengthening of the building, improving access and acoustic and thermal insulation.
The studios now provides high quality and essential workspace for fishermen in four cellars; for artists in fifteen studios and with two studios each for the St Ives School of Painting and the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust.
The films below give you a glimpse into the studios before they were transformed into the warm, comfortable space we occupy today.
See the studios before renovation (left) and after renovation (right)
Bonnard The Revolutionary - Alice Mumford
Join Alice in our studio, as she takes her students on a gallop through the history of art, to demonstrate what a revolutionary Bonnard was. PART 1 PART 2 PART 3
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...
How to Paint a Landscape
As seen in… How to paint landscapes, according to 3 landscape artists Words by Katie Avis-Riordan • Landscape artists reveal their top tips on how to paint a landscape painting for beginners. • Find out how to paint landscapes using the recommended materials and techniques. • Discover how to get inspired by the beautiful landscapes around...