Porthmeor Studios & Cellars

Back Road West

Sunday 10th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
7pm Tickets £8, £10 on the door
Storytelling with Shanty Baba
Give yourself the luxury of stepping into the world of adult performance storytelling. Horror, occult, supernatural, murder and suspense stories. It’s the twilight zone where nothing is quite what it seems and the shadows are very, very dark! www.shantybaba.com

BORLASE SMART ROOM
8.45pm, Tickets £8, £10 on the door
The Kama Sutra Comedy Show
Shanty’s outrageous new comedy show. Are you up for it? Join Capt Sir Richard Burton, translator of the world’s most famous book of love for this hilarious no holes barred parody. Animation, film,
performance lecture that both exposes and covers everything. BYO smelling salts! www.shantybaba.com

Monday 11th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
Memories of Barbara, Ben and the St Ives Modernists
In this fascinating new film, Sir Alan Bowness tells how he first came to St Ives, and his memories of the St Ives artists in the 1950s and 1960s, especially Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost and Roger Hilton.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30-4.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Story of Empowerment
How do we find or reacquaint with our ‘power within’ during times in life when we find ourselves lost and ‘can’t find our way back home’? This talk by Janine Marie traces a journey of healing from the eating disorder anorexia to an empowered state of wellness. The quirky presentation employs colour theory and uses snippets and images from the Wizard of Oz that are iconic – you will leave on a positive note: informed, motivated and entertained!

Tuesday 12th
CELLAR 3
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
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. Proceeds to Poppy Appeal and Salvation Army.

CELLAR 4
3.30-4.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Alfred Wallis – a folk opera
Cornish Women on the Verge reprise their popular folk opera about the artist and mariner Alfred Wallis. It will have a slightly different feel this year with the addition of some newly composed poems. Set against the atmospheric backdrop of Mark Dion’s installation, it will be a show you don’t want to miss!

Wednesday 13th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30am-12pm, Tickets £5.50
Talk and Tour: Porthmeor Studios Renovation
MJ Long was the lead architect responsible for designing the restoration of Porthmeor Studios, and during her eight years close connection with the building, she became fascinated with its history. During this talk and guided tour, MJ Long will discuss some of the special features of this exciting and award winning project.

CELLAR 4
11am-3.30pm, FREE
Lobster pots and knots
David Harrison will demonstrate the traditional art of making willow lobster pots, and Rob McLeod ex Trinity House Coxswain, will show his collection of seaman’s tools and knots.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30-4.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Talk: Will and Ka Arnold-Forster
Jane Winter is writing a biography of Ka Cox, a close friend of Virginia Woolf, and her husband Will Arnold-Forster, who lived at Eagles Nest, Zennor. Jane will discuss her research and talk about their lives, and look at Will’s career as an artist and his work as a renowned gardener.

Thursday 14th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
Talk: The Journey to Castle Dor
What’s it like to finish writing another author’s novel? Polly Gregson will explore the creative relationship between Daphne du Maurier and Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, starting with their co-created novel Castle Dor. The novel is a captivating reimagining of Tristan and Iseult set around Fowey.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30-4.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Bert Biscoe (Vyajer gans Geryow)
Bert Biscoe – poet, songwriter, raconteur, performer. Begat in folk, transgressed to prog.rock including Brainiac 5 (at CarbiBay’s Heatherbell Motel he swang and sang finales from a chandelier!) and Oven Ready Angels. He is the 50% of Cornish declamatory duo, Dew Vardh which isn’t Pol Hodge.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
6.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Talk: Thinking with My Hands: Breon O’Casey
Writer and art historian Michael Bird traces Breon O’Casey’s creative path from Dartington School, where he said “I learnt to think with my hands”, to St Ives. He explores the ideals and intuitions that connect O’Casey’s work in diverse media, from painting and sculpture to jewellery and textiles. Supported by New Craftsman Gallery.

Friday 15th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
Talk: Virginia Woolf & Vanessa Bell
Sarah Latham Phillips MA, well-known lecturer on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group, will look at sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, their childhood in St Ives, its influences on their art and writing, and their own relationship and ambitions.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30-4.30pm Tickets £5.50
Talk: A History of Porthmeor Beach
Once a barren backwater, the Porthmeor area of St Ives only developed at the beginning of the 19th century. Janet Axten, Heritage Manager, St Ives Archive, shows a series of images that dramatically chart its changes from an industrial centre to one of Cornwall’s major tourist destinations.

Sunday 17th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
7pm, Tickets £8, £10 on the door
Storytelling with Shanty Baba See Sunday 10th 7pm for details.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
8.45pm, Tickets £8, £10 on the door
The Kama Sutra Comedy Show See Sunday 10th 8.45pm for details.

Monday 18th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
Film: Pilchards: A Brief History of the Cornish Sardine
This beautiful award winning documentary by British director Ray Bird tells the story of the pilchard fishing industry in Cornwall and the part it played in St Ives cultural heritage, charting the glory days of its success and later decline, to its resurgence today.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30-4.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Story of Empowerment See Monday 11th, 3.30pm for details.

Tuesday 19th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
Well-known St Ives faces
In this illustrated talk, Chris Care, former seaman, miner and fisherman, will tell a few stories about some of St Ives best known local characters. Proceeds to Poppy Appeal and Salvation Army.

CELLAR 4
3.30-4.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Alfred Wallis – a folk opera See Tuesday 12th 3.30pm for details.

Wednesday 20th
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30am-12pm, Tickets £5.50
Talk and Tour: How Porthmeor Studios tells the story of St Ives
Nick Cahill, Historic Buildings Consultant, has been closely involved in the restoration 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.

CELLAR 4
11am-3.30pm, FREE
Lobster pots and knots See Wednesday 14th 11am for details.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30pm, FREE
Film: The Renovation of Porthmeor Studios and Cellars
This fascinating film follows the renovation of Porthmeor Studios over a period of two years from the setting up of the scaffolding to project completion, and includes the contribution made by the artists. We meet the builders and architects and share their highs and lows, and it focuses on the traditional building methods used in the renovation. It was filmed by Jane Val Baker, and edited by Barbara Santi.

Thursday 21st
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
The Women of Surrealism
The women of surrealism created some of the most remarkable works of the movement in painting, drawing and writing. Yet so many of them remain virtually unknown. This richly illustrated talk by Marcus Williamson discusses some of the movement’s women members, their lives and works and demonstrates how their achievements should be more widely recognised.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30-4.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Charles Dickens & Wilkie Collins – A Writing Bromance
When Wilkie Collins was recruited into Charles Dickens’ amateur theatre group in 1851, they at once took to each other. Dickens at 39 years old was in need of a good time, and Collins at 27, was the man who could provide that much needed excitement. In a friendship that lasted until the death of Dickens in 1870, Jak Stringer tells about their trips to Paris to fly kites, a walk around Vesuvius in clouds of sulphurous smoke, the women they loved and the plays that they performed in.

Friday 22nd
BORLASE SMART ROOM
10.30-11.30am, Tickets £5.50
A Century of St Ives Photographers
From the 1870s St Ives scenic beauty and its art colony have been a magnet and lucrative business for a succession of photographers. Janet Axten, Heritage Manager, St Ives Archive, introduces some of the many pioneering men and women who have recorded the town, its people and events.

BORLASE SMART ROOM
3.30pm, Tickets £5.50
Talk: The Fishermen’s Mission
Julian Waring, Fundraising Manager for the Fishermen’s Mission, Cornwall, will give an illustrated talk on the work of this important national charity. Fishing remains the most dangerous occupation in peacetime, and the charity provides a lifeline of welfare and emergency support to retired and active fishermen as well as their families.