• St Ives Arts Club
  • Film Season - The Straight Story
  • Leonard Fuller (1891-1973): A Sympathetic Eye
  • Film Season - Thelma & Louise
  • Jack and Jenny - The story of the Cornish diaspora
  • Film Season - The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert
  • Lunchtime Talk - Michael Cardew (photgraph: Ben Boswell)
  • Film Season - Road, Movie

St Ives Arts Club

Westcott's Quay

Saturday 13th. Under the Paving Stones, the Beach.
A play by George Yates presented by the Imago Theatre Company with musical prelude played by John Thomson. In 1968 the Anti-Vietnam War movement reached its height, involving clashes between the authorities and protestors on streets of cities around the world. The characters join this struggle by occupying their university administration building, the consequences of which shape the course of their lives. For some, a desperate quest for the beach beneath the paving stones. £7.50

Sunday 14th. Jack and Jenny.
“Cornish Women on the Verge” present Jack and Jenny, the story of the Cornish diaspora. Using poetry, song and reminiscences the trio tell a tale of the thousands of Cornish miners who travelled the world in search of work during the 19th century. FREE, donations welcome.

Sunday 14th. Severn and Somme with Dave and Dee Brotherton.
The film tells the story of the life of Ivor Gurney who was a soldier in WWI. He longed for his beloved Gloucestershire when at war but on return his nightmare of the trenches was set to haunt him. Slowly going mad, he died in a mental asylum, but in his lifetime he was recognised not only as a brilliant poet but also as a musical genius. The film explores Gurney’s life and how the great English composers of his day also had an influence. Singer/songwriters Dee & Dave Brotherton also present a selection of songs with new music featuring the works of Ivor Gurney and his contemporaries from the period around WW1. £6.50 – byo drinks. In aid of St Ives Arts Club.

Monday 15th. Lunchtime Talk: The Young & Beautiful – Michael Cardew, Modern Pots, Colonialism and the Counterculture.
Tanya Harrod, author of the award-winning biography of Michael Cardew ‘The Last Sane Man’, talks about one of the most remarkable craftsmen of the 20th century. Cardew was a man of paradox who ended his days a ceramic magus, his pottery at Wenford Bridge, Cornwall an outpost of the counterculture and a haven for disaffected youth. Supported by the Leach Pottery. £5.50

Monday 15th. FILM SEASON: The Straight Story. Directed by David Lynch. 1999.
Starring Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek. Alvin’s eyesight is poor, he has little money and he can’t stand the thought of being driven anywhere. So when he discovers his estranged brother has suffered a stroke he decides to make the 240 mile journey by the only means of transport available to him – a 1966 John Deere motorised lawnmower! Based on a true event, this is a beautiful film that deals with family, friends and the kindness of strangers. A film sweet and simple, with pleasures honest and engaging. £5.50

Tuesday 16th. Lunchtime Talk: A Brief History of Art Schools from the Bauhaus to Today.
Sam Thorne, recently appointed Director of Tate St Ives asks ‘What’s the future for art education?’ This talk will offer some modest proposals, via a brief history of the most innovative art schools of the last 100 years. It will start with the Bauhauin Germany, tracing the story through to innovative institutions such as Black Mountain College and CalArts. £5.50

Tuesday 16th. “By Word of Mouth”
Performance Storytelling with Shanty Baba. Give yourself the luxury of listening to adult storytelling. Enter a world of dreams, myth and humour. A landscape littered with broken promises of epic proportions and where nothing is quite what it seems. “… a brilliant storyteller”. £6.50

Wednesday 17th. Lunchtime Talk: Leonard Fuller (1891-1973): A Sympathetic Eye.
Louise Connell, Director of Penlee House Gallery & Museum looks at the portrait and still-life painter Leonard John Fuller, whose work is being shown for the first time at that gallery. One of the key figures in the St Ives artists’ colony, and friend of artist Robert Borlase Smart, he founded the internationally renowned St Ives School of Painting in 1938 with his wife and fellow artist Marjorie Mostyn. This talk focuses on Fuller’s prolific output throughout his painting career and his role as teacher, mentor and friend. £5.50 Supported by Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

Wednesday 17th. FILM SEASON: Road, Movie. Directed by Dev Benegal. 2009.
Hindi-subtitled. Starring Abhay Deol and Tannishtha Chatterjee. Vishnu, a restless young man, itches to escape the fate of his father’s faltering hair oil business. When the chance to drive an old truck across the desert comes his way Vishnu sees his ticket to freedom. As he sets off across the harsh terrain he discovers he’s not merely transporting a battered vehicle but a touring cinema. While driving he reluctantly collects hitchhikers and the journey proves transformative to all, especially Vishnu, who discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian sands. “A wonderful journey of discovery” £5.50

Thursday 18th. Lunchtime Talk: The Brittle Sea – Paul Henry and W.S.Graham.
Poet and broadcaster Paul Henry reads from his acclaimed selected poems, The Brittle Sea. The reading will also celebrate the poetry of W.S.Graham who ended his years in Madron, in 1986. Graham was a close friend of St Ives painters, including Roger Hilton, Bryan Winter and Michael Snow whose posthumous exhibition was recently hosted by Belgrave St Ives. Supported by Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. £5.50

Thursday 18th. Thursday 25th. Big Frug.
Join this amazing collection of poets, musicians and storytellers. £7.50 – byo drinks.

Friday 19th. Lunchtime Talk: Frances Hodgkins in Wartime St Ives.
Frances Hodgkins is considered New Zealand’s leading artist and a key figure in British modernism. She called her time in St Ives from 1914-1920 ‘her experimental years’. Art historian David Tovey seeks to dispel the usual portrayal of Hodgkins during her St Ives years as poor, depressed and too modern for her colleagues, and instead will throw light on her close friends, supporters and patrons and on the other artists producing similar modern work in the colony. £5.50 Supported by Porthminster Gallery.

Friday 19th. The Mighty Bucca Du.
The Mighty Bucca Du were formed in 2013 and feature an awesome collection of talented musicians. They play a blend of gypsy jazz blues with a twist of vandalism. The passion and energy is contagious and curative. They will capture your soul, infuse it with restorative rhythms and leave you floating in a musical nirvana! Unreserved seating. £6.50 – byo drinks.
Please note: The line-up of The Mighty Bucca Du has changed for their September Festival performances. Annabelle is studying in Denmark and won’t be able to be in St Ives for the Festival and Clarinetist Christine Pinkard joins the band for these performances. Originally classically trained, Christine currently plays many forms of gypsy and swing music and is particularly interested in the fusion of music from the 1930s and 40s with contemporary genres.

Saturday 20th. Country Life.
A celebration of rural life past and present in music and film with singer songwriters Dee & Dave Brotherton and celebrated local film maker Alban Roinard. We offer a selection of songs and moving images as an antidote to the frenzy of our disconnected modern life and our separation from the living world around us, with live music and a rare showing of the film “The Valley of the Stag,” shortlisted for this years’ Celtic Media Festival. Supported by The Painted Bird. £7.50 – byo drinks.

Sunday 21st. FILM SEASON: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert. Directed by Stephan Elliot. 1994.
Starring Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving. “They came. They conquered. They looked fabulous”. With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Bernadette, Tick and Adam each have a personal reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered tour bus “Priscilla”, these wickedly funny drama queens head for the outback where their spectacular adventures are more than matched by their outrageous outfits. This is a roaringly comic and powerfully affecting road movie in true Australian tradition … the flip-flop dress is a riot! £5.50

Monday 22nd. Lunchtime Talk: Artists of the First Falmouth Art Gallery.
In 1894 the first Falmouth Art Gallery opened in Grove Place under the direction of Henry Scott Tuke and William Ayerst Ingram. Henrietta Boex, the recently appointed Director of the Gallery promotes the work of artists resident in Falmouth at that time who are now less well known than their friends in St Ives and Newlyn. Supported by Falmouth Art Gallery. £5.50

Monday 22nd. St Ives TV & Locals Film Makers Night.
For the first time since its launch St Ives TV is hosting a night of videos for the September Festival. We’ll be showing the most popular videos as well as sharing the story behind their productions. From the occasional web video, to the popular monthly programs St Ives TV is capturing and delivering quality films about this unique town, local traditions and beautiful landscape. £6.50

Tuesday 23rd. Lunchtime Talk: Bernard Leach and the Studio Pottery Movement of British Columbia.
Thinking of his four Canadian apprentices, John Reeve, Glenn Lewis, Mick Henry and Ian Steele, Bernard Leach once said that he had ‘a hope of something in Canada.’ The Studio Pottery movement of British Columbia was the result. PhD researcher Alex Lambley presents new research on Leach’s philosophy and practice and its transnational reception in the 1960s and 70s. Supported by The Leach Pottery. £5.50

Tuesday 23rd. FILM SEASON: Thelma & Louise. Directed by Ridley Scott. 1991.
Starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Kietel and Brad Pitt. Thelma and Louise are two working class women, one a waitress the other a housewife, together they plan a week-end away from the mundane and the men in their lives. The excitement is high as they load up the T-Bird Convertible and embark on a roadtrip that will change the course of their lives dramatically. Thelma & Louise is a powerful exciting ride and the film shows a great sympathy for the human comedy. £5.50

Wednesday 24th. Lunchtime Talk: Blowtorch Poetry: The Life and Work of Lynn Chadwick.
Author and art historian Michael Bird gives an illustrated talk based on his new book on the pioneering 20th century sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003). Internationally acclaimed in the 1950s, Chadwick had a long and prolific career. This talk opens up new perspectives on one of the giants of modern British art. £5.50

Wednesday 24th. An Evening of Guitar and Piano Music.
Guitar and piano music with John Thomson and Martin Bowie, supporting the launch of their new album ‘Entropy’. Coming from their respective worlds of classical and jazz, they have created an evocative and exciting sound world. www.johnthomson.com. £6.50

Thursday 25th. Lunchtime Talk: Barbara Hepworth: Sculptor or Sculptress.
‘Modern art history produces a picture of the history of art from which women are not only absent, but identifies women artists as inevitably and naturally artists of lesser talent and no historical significance’. Janet Axten, Heritage Manager of St Ives Archive and art historian looks at how Hepworth was portrayed by the critics and media during her lifetime, in particular her constant comparison with fellow sculptor Henry Moore. £5.50

Friday 26th. Lunchtime Talk: Sandra Blow: Material Nature.
Ian Massey will examine the ways in which the painter Sandra Blow drew upon the formal and elemental aspects of landscape, both in the development of her abstract visual language and in her studio methods and processes. Art historian Ian Massey is author of books on the painters Patrick Procktor and Keith Vaughan. www.ianmasseyart.co.uk Supported by Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange. £5.50

Friday 26th. Above Bored.
‘Owdyado Theatre Company present a psychological thriller with a wide streak of dark comedy directed by Simon Harvey of Kneehigh Theatre. A police interrogation room. A woman has been detained for questioning after her boss is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Did the monotony of routine push her over the edge? £11 (£9con, £7child/student). Ages 15 plus.