Donations

Established in 1938, St Ives School of Painting has been a registered charity since 2020.

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

St Ives School of Painting Support Fund

Like many arts organisations it has been a tough year for St Ives School of Painting. Your support helped us get through many months of being shut down with minimal grant support. It helped us develop our innovative and accessible online programme that will now continue to thrive.


Through national lockdown and the uncertain times after, over 4000 people attended our online sessions. For many it has been a lifeline, a connection to highly regarded artist tutors and supportive fellow students whilst providing a much-needed creative focus.


Our aim is to exclude no one by being able to deliver a mix of our studio classes here in St Ives but also keeping our online sessions affordable. Everyone is welcome to join the St Ives School of Painting community wherever you are, whatever your experience.

Your generous support means we can continue to invest in new equipment both for our studio and our online school. It helps us keep our classes as affordable as possible and for us to develop exciting new projects with young people and other communities that might not easily get access to us otherwise.

Our teaching, whether in St Ives or online, is always about providing an inspirational space for making and sharing art. Your feedback tells us that this is the nourishment and the tonic we all need more than ever.


If you feel what we do is important to you and others, please help us keep doing more by donating what you can.

Registered Charity no 1146825


Support the new Roy Ray Fund. Providing support for 18-25 year old artists.

These are tough times for young people determined to pursue a career in the arts. Roy Ray, principal of St Ives School of Painting for thirty-five years who sadly passed away in May 2021, helped us launch a new fund. His ambition was to leave a legacy that will enable the School to support an age group he believes needs a helping hand. To keep pursuing the dream of being an artist even though the odds can seem stacked against them.

Young people enjoying an art class in St Ives

The fund will support the direct delivery of our youth programme with a focus on this older age group. These projects will develop depending on funds available but we envision it to include bursaries and mentoring, helping young people to access learning, support and contact with professional artists.

Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks

In 2021 we launched our Kickstart programme for young people at risk of long term unemployment. This gives two young creatives a chance to join our team and train with us for six months. The Roy Ray Fund will give that extra mentoring support to ensure they have a transformative experience with us.

For Roy, coming to St Ives School of Painting many years ago as a student gave him the courage and inspiration to radically change his life and put art at its centre. This fund will help young people to keep that creative light burning. By donating you will strengthen Roy’s legacy and enable the School to deliver this ambition.

HOW TO DONATE – Please click the donate button and use arrow in drop down menu to select Roy Ray Foundation

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