FREE places for two Emerging Artists

Porthmeor Programme Online – 6 months

Create, Cultivate, Elevate

An exciting and unique opportunity to study with St Ives School of Painting. We are looking to award a full bursary to enable two 19-25 year old emerging artists, living in Cornwall, attend the Porthmeor Programme Online, for free. Normal cost is £1,575.

This is generously funded by the estate of the late artist Roy Ray, painter, printmaker, draughtsman and Director of St Ives School of Painting for 35 years. Roy was passionate about supporting emerging artists to establish a career and left a legacy which will fund two places on this intensive development programme for FREE.

This online version has evolved from our face to face programme that we have been running for 8 years and has the added benefit of not needing to travel to St Ives.


This is a 6 month online intensive with the primary purpose of expanding your personal practice. Running through the programme is the development of your critical voice through personal projects, workshops, one to ones and group crits. It is about discovery, taking risks and gaining insights. We design the sessions to limber up your creative practice, to energize and to build the critical voice you need as an artist. It is about helping you become the artist you want to be.

Every month there will be a weekend workshop for you to attend online. There will be a small group follow on discussion and monthly personal 1 to 1 tutorials.

The programme will be delivered on Zoom and we will also provide an online platform for your group to discuss and share work. This is for peer support and encouragement. Your tutor will also interact between sessions providing ongoing feedback and support.

If you are an emerging artist, live in Cornwall and are 19-25 years old, you can to apply for a free place on Porthmeor Programme Online.


1. Apply by 1st September, midnight. Click here to apply now and submit your images. APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.

2. You will then be invited to have an online interview about you and your work with Youth Arts Manager, Cat Lee.

3. You will be notified if you have been awarded the opportunity by middle of September. Start date for the course is 29th September 2023.

4. To help you supplement the programme with practical learning we offer a 15% discount on all our online sessions for the duration of the programme.

I feel more confident in my ideas and approaching work in a freer, more experimental way. I’m able to push through when the going gets touch. I spend less time worrying and more time painting.

This programme is a real tonic for artists, the playful approach and the serious are well balanced. It’s great to have surprises and learn something new. I have felt nurtured and challenged throughout.

Jill Holland

Your Lead Tutors

Kate Southworth

Kate Southworth makes paintings, drawings and rituals. Her work brings together an interest in new networked technologies and ancient wisdoms, alchemy and calendar customs. In addition to solo and two-person shows, her work has appeared in more than 35 group exhibitions including Craftivism at Arnolfini, Bristol.

She has taught Fine Art, Curatorial Practice and Interactive Art at universities in Cornwall, London and Dublin. She has a practice-based PhD from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Multimedia Systems from London Guildhall University and a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Manchester Polytechnic. She has given talks on contemporary art at many venues including Tate St Ives, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

See more about Kate’s work HERE

Chalky multicoloured abstract painting by artist Kate Southworth.
Kate Southworth

Greg Humphries

I try to connect people to their environment with my art. I started out as a landscape painter, but it was only through undertaking a masters degree in 2009 that I realised the best way to connect people to their environment was to take them into that environment and get them to make the art! This is now the core of my practice and through my work I specialise in outdoor education and woodland management.

My sculptures are the result of many traditional processes and knowledge absorbed from travels in the Amazon & the Arctic, as well as Europe and the British Isles. I gather the raw materials myself and use these traditional skills over many days to create the finished piece.

See more about Greg’s work HERE

Greg Humphries

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