Porthmeor Art Collective 13-16s

13-16 Years

This project focuses on contemporary art practices and ideas,
taught professional artists.

13-16 Years | 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. In the second phase, 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.

We are happy to announce we can now offer limited FREE Scholarship places for those on low income. Please contact Cat Lee Youth Arts Manager for a Scholarship application form to apply. 

Sundays once a month, 8th May, 5th June, 3rd July – 2 – 4pm.

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

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.

Help support us

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

Supported by kind donations from our students and sponsors Wilhelmina Barns-Graham TrustSt Ives RotaryThe National Lottery  we provide free or subsidised art classes for local young people. With 30% of young people in Cornwall living in poverty, these donations contribute directly to transforming young people’s lives and brightening Britain’s creative future.

Registered Charity no 1146825

Our supporters

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

Culture Camp is made possible by the generous support of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust. Their funds enable us to offer Culture Camp as an inclusion project, completely free and ring fenced to young people who would never normally have access to culture. This also includes an Arts Award accreditation to support their life chances.

St Ives Rotary St Ives

Rotary offer generous support to the Schools’ work with local young people. Part of the proceeds raised by the annual artist postcard sale held during the September Festival is donated to the School. This supports our Sunday Art Club as well as other creative programmes for local young people.

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. School of Painting currently have one Kickstart employee, funded until November 2021.

Little Parc Owles Trust

Little Parc Owles Trust was set up to support art education work in Cornwall, and aims to support projects and events that engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds with the Fine and Applied Arts.

Cornwall Council


European Union

Real Ideas

Community Led Local Development

European Social Fund