Talks & demonstrations

SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER

NORWAY HOUSE STUDIO, Porthmeor Square 4pm
Traditional ceramic firing in a pit explained.
Part of the St Ives September Festival Pit-firing event Ceramic sculptor Mary Kaun-English gives a talk about the ceramic firing method of pit-firing, her work and her experiences in working with this ancient technique. FREE

 

MONDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 10.30am
Mark Dion installation of fishing gear in Cellar 4.
Artist Mark Dion, celebrated for works such as Tate Thames Dig, has completed a site-specific installation, The Maritime Artist, as part of the recent Porthmeor Studios renovation. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to view this commission with Porthmeor artist James Barber, who assisted Mark Dion and photographed the project. £5.50

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: An Accidental Jeweller.
A talk by Guy Royle in conjunction with the New Craftsman Gallery. A personal history and approach to jewellery and an understanding of its place in the ‘Craft-Art’ world. £5.50

ST IVES LIBRARY, Gabriel Street 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Rough Old Planet: A Guidebook writers guide to getting lost.
Des Hannigan muses, with a dollop of humour, about travel writing and guidebooks and what the future holds for the genre; possibly a time of huge change. £5.50

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 3.30pm
St Ives Fishing Industry on Film.
The St Ives Archive has a fascinating collection of historic films connected to the local fishing industry. To launch a new project which will enable the Archive’s extensive fishing resources to be more widely available this illustrated talk will show a selection of these. £5.50

QUEEN’S HOTEL, High Street 5pm – 6pm
Artistic Licenses: The role of the public house in the history of art in St Ives.
Public houses play an overlooked role in the history of St Ives’ creative community. Drawing on material from the St Ives Archive and oral history interviews, Jeanie Sinclair explores the public house as a space for the performance of identities and relationships within the history of art in St Ives. Donations to the St Ives Archive.

 

TUESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 10.30am
Demonstration of setting nets.
Chris Care, formerly seaman, miner and fisherman, now a shore captain, demonstrates net setting in his historic net loft at Porthmeor, and talks about the different types of fish caught using this technique. £5.50

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: Bernard Leach and the Fine Art of Pots.
An illustrated lecture by Professor Simon Olding (Director of the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham and Trustee of the Leach Pottery, St Ives). Reflections on the significance of drawing, painting and print making to Bernard Leach’s work as an artist, revealing sketches as well as articulate and finished work on paper. Supported by the Leach Pottery. £5.50

ST IVES LIBRARY, Gabriel Street 3pm – 4pm
A Cornish Affair.
This is Liz Fenwick’s second book the first titled ‘The Cornish House’ Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with enough gossip to last a year. £3.25

 

WEDNESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 10.30am
Porthmeor Studios renovation, talk and tour.
MJ Long was the lead architect responsible for designing the modifications and restoration of Porthmeor Studios, and during her seven years close connection with the building, she became fascinated with its history, its details and its remarkable character. During this talk and guided tour, MJ Long will discuss some of the special features of this exciting project. £5.50

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: From Darkness into Light – Graham Sutherland: Mining, Metal and Machines.
Curator and Lecturer Sally Moss explores Sutherland’s fascination with the correspondences between nature and machinery. Concentrating on work produced as an Official War Artist (at Geevor Tin Mine and a Steel Works in Wales), his background as an engineering apprentice and images of ‘machines’ the talk includes unpublished personal correspondence. £5.50

NEW CRAFTSMAN GALLERY, Fore Street 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Meet the sculptor Terence Coventry.
An opportunity to meet and talk to Terence Coventry at the gallery. FREE

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 3.30pm – 5.30pm
From East End to Land’s End: The Evacuation of Jews’ Free School, London to Mousehole in Cornwall during WWII.
Susan Soyinka talks about this heart-warming account of mutual love, acceptance and integration – a life-changing experience for both sides and an inspiration to modern society. £5.50

 

THURSDAY 19th SEPTEMBER

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Publishing minority languages.
Clive Boutle gives an illustrated talk about the trials of being an independent publisher of books with an alternative view of history, literature, politics, art and languages.  Clive will focus on lesser used languages including Cornish, Manx Gaelic, Galician and Breton. Supported by The Cornish Gorsedd and the Celtic Congress Cornwall Branch. £5.50

NEW CRAFTSMAN GALLERY, Fore Street 2.30pm
The 9 lives of a Tomcat.
A short performance by Dudley Sutton who will be reciting “The 9 Lives of an unsentimental tomcat in St Ives” illustrated with a limited edition collection of 16 linocuts which will be on show and for sale. FREE

ST IVES LIBRARY, Gabriel Street 3pm – 4pm
Diana Calvert on Arthur Caddick
Poet Arthur Caddick’s daughter, Diana Calvert, will be talking about her father and his work. £3.25

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 4.30pm
Noël Welch: Echoes and Shadows
An illustrated talk, with readings and slides by Alison Oldham. For 50 years poet Noël Welch lived with painter Jeanne du Maurier in St Ives and on Dartmoor. In her new book, A Personal View, Alison writes about the du Maurier sisters, Dod Procter, Bernard Leach and Barbara Hepworth. £5.50

SANDRA BLOW STUDIO, Bullans Lane 7pm – 9.30pm
Sandra Blow Studio open evening & book launch.
Tickets (include refreshments) from Fernlea Gallery, Fernlea Terrace, St Ives. Info from [email protected], 01736 797371/756006/798704. Numbers limited

 

FRIDAY 20th SEPTEMBER

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: Contemporary Art in Cornwall.
Blair Todd is the Exhibitions Curator / Deputy Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. His talk will illustrate the vibrant contemporary art scene in West Cornwall.  It will give an insight into the diversity of artists working here today, whether exhibiting in galleries or their own artist-led spaces. £5.50

 

SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER

TATE ST IVES, Porthmeor Beach 10am – 1.30pm
Marlow Moss seminar.
Exploring the life and work of Marlow Moss, in the context of Piet Mondrian and the Neo-Plasticists, international Constructivism, and British modernism.  It also discusses her life in Cornwall, and her radical sexual identity. Advance booking essential – 01736 796 226 or email [email protected] Part of the Tate Research Centre:  Creative Communities, and in association with Tate St Ives. £12, concessions £10

 

SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 6.30pm
Tim Hannigan Talk: “Following in the footsteps of others”.
Tim Hannigan is the author of two narrative history books – ‘Raffles and the British Invasion of Java’, about the forgotten five-year British Interregnum in Indonesia, and ‘Murder in the Hindu Kush’, a biography of the ill-fated Victorian explorer George Hayward. He talks about the journeys – in the archives, and on the ground in Asia. £5.50

 

MONDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 10.30am
Mark Dion installation of fishing gear in Cellar 4.
Artist Mark Dion, celebrated for works such as Tate Thames Dig, has completed a site-specific installation, The Maritime Artist, as part of the recent Porthmeor Studios renovation. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to view this commission with Porthmeor artist James Barber, who assisted Mark Dion and photographed the project. £5.50

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: Elena Gaputyte.
Lithuanian artist Elena Gaputyte escaped Soviet occupied Lithuania in 1944, and after studying in Paris arrived in St Ives in the late 1950s. Jeanie Sinclair, Research Fellow, St Ives Archive,  discusses her life and her work, and the links between St Ives’ historic art colony and the present art colony at Nida, Lithuania. £5.50

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 2.30pm – 3.30pm
George Lloyd, Julius Olsson and St Ives.
George Lloyd, the eminent classical composer, was born one hundred years ago in what is now the St Eia Hotel St Ives. Janet Axten, Heritage Manager of St Ives Archive, looks at the St Ives of the early twentieth century; artist Julius Olsson, the first owner of that house, and the composer himself. £5.50

 

TUESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 10.30am
Demonstration of setting nets.
Chris Care, formerly seaman, miner and fisherman, now a shore captain, demonstrates net setting in his historic net loft at Porthmeor, and talks about the different types of fish caught using this technique. £5.50

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: Memories of the Leach Pottery.
American potter Warren MacKenzie was apprenticed at the Leach Pottery between 1949 and 1952.  In September 2013 he returns to the Leach Pottery as a Master Potter in residence. In this talk Warren remembers his time as an apprentice to Bernard Leach. £5.50

TATE ST IVES, Porthmeor Beach 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Tea & Tate.
An event for seniors; explore the displays with artists, curators and historians. Take part in lively discussions, no knowledge of art required. Refreshmens provided. Advance booking essential 01736 796 226 or email [email protected] FREE

NEW CRAFTSMAN GALLERY, Fore Street 2.30pm
The 9 lives of a Tomcat.
A short performance by Dudley Sutton who will be reciting “The 9 Lives of an unsentimental tomcat in St Ives” illustrated with a limited edition collection of 16 linocuts which will be on show and for sale. FREE

 

WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 10.30am – 11.30am
Porthmeor Studios renovation, talk and walk.
Nick Cahill, Historic Building Consultant, has been closely involved with the renovation project and has unravelled the history of Porthmeor Studios. In this talk and tour he will look at the development and structure of this unique building and explain how it reveals much of the history of St Ives. £5.50

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: Borlase Smart – St Ives artist, man of vision.
Marion Whybrow’s illustrated talk is about the seascape painter, Borlase Smart, a man who introduced the ‘avante garde’ artists to St Ives amid the fury of traditional painters. As a St Ives Town Councillor he helped prevent the demolition of fishermen’s cottages in Downlong. St Ives was saved by his actions. Supported by The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust. £5.50

NEW CRAFTSMAN GALLERY, Fore Street 2.30pm
Gallery talk by Elspeth Owen.
Elspeth Owen will talk about her ceramics and in particular about a windy winter she spent more than twenty five years ago in Zennor, just along the coast from St Ives. There she made a discovery which turned out to have a crucial impact on her ways of firing. FREE

PORTHMEOR STUDIO 10, Back Road West 3.30pm – 5.30pm
A silence that speaks, a family story through and beyond the Holocaust – a talk by author Susan Soyinka.
Remarkable story of Susan’s 18-year search for the truth about her mother’s Viennese Jewish family who died during World War Two. She also digs deep into her family’s history, a journey taking her back 200 years and across four continents, and explores the impact of the Holocaust on subsequent generations. £5.50

 

THURSDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: The Life and work of Terry Frost.
Roger Bristow talks about the hard struggle Frost had to become a professional artist, no wealthy family to support him, leaving school at 14, taking semi-skilled and part time jobs until the 1985 Tate show when he began to achieve stability. This talk is supported by the Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. £5.50

ST IVES LIBRARY, Gabriel Street 3pm – 4pm
Elsewhere: the loneliness of the long-distance walker.
John Tagholm will be talking about his book – Elsewhere:  the loneliness of the long-distance walker. A thousand mile walk across France. £3.25

 

FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER

ST IVES ARTS CLUB, Westcott’s Quay 1pm – 2.15pm
Lunchtime Talk: Cornish art ecology.
Derek Guthrie, the internationally renowned critic and publisher who co-founded the influential American art magazine ‘New Art Examiner’ in Chicago, leads a critical and perhaps controversial discussion concerning Cornish art ecology – past, present and future with contemporary Cornwall-based artists. Supported by Millennium Gallery. £5.50

TATE ST IVES, Porthmeor Beach 6pm – 9pm
Late at Tate.
Galleries and shop open 6pm – 9pm. Food and pay bar in the café until 10pm (last orders: food 9pm, drinks 9.30pm). Enjoy FREE entry to Tate St Ives Summer 2013 exhibition on the last Friday of September.  Events taking place during the evening include a talk by Janet Axten on Patrick Heron’s textile works, and an exciting series of happenings occurring throughout the building, presented by Tate Collective. No booking required – for event details: 01736 796226. FREE