Porthmeor Art Collective

The Porthmeor Art Collective are workshops for young artists aged 13-16. Based at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives they are taught contemporary art practice by working artists and start finding their artistic voice.

In 2021, emerging artist Caleb Richards led two projects which formed the Porthmeor Art Collective. The first was a set of five stand alone workshops exploring contemporary art practice and modern art history.

The second was a project inspired by the techniques of contemporary painter Michael Armitage, who recently exhibited at the Royal Academy. This cohort of 25 young artists were introduced to industry level painting techniques.  They learned key principals to think and create art.

The artwork that the young artists created was exhibited in St Ives in November, in the exhibition ‘Quest for Paradise’. It had over 80 visitors and included a Private View where young people were presented with certificates and School of Painting sketchbooks.

Watch this space for announcements on face to face workshops in 2022.

Specific Sundays once a month,
2 – 4pm.

Come and join a like minded group of young people who are passionate about art.

Thanks for this brilliant project. It makes me feel like I am in touch with the art world.

School can feel so ‘samey’ even in GCSE Art. This gives me so much more than that and something else in my life to focus on.


In 2021 this project was generously supported by the Little Parc Owles Trust. 

They assist funding of educational programmes through events, talks, research projects related to widening access to appreciation of history and practice of fine and applied arts in Cornwall.