St Ives is host to a very large number of art galleries and exhibition spaces. There’s always lots to see and many exhibitions are being held as part of the September Festival. There’s nothing more enjoyable than meandering these cobblestone streets looking at the galleries and exhibitions that are open in September in this wonderful place by the sea.

Alexandra Dickens Gallery, Number Ten, Back Road West
Alexandra Dickens
Daily until 20th, 10am – 4pm, Free
Vibrant abstracts and coastal paintings infused with the light and landscape of Cornwall. www.alexandradickens.co.uk

Anima Mundi, Street an Pol
Sax Impey
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Free
Anima Mundi curates a diverse programme of exhibitions by some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists. Throughout September 2019, the gallery will be presenting the work of Sax Impey. The contents of the ambitious, three floor, solo exhibition by the artist, who works from the prestigious Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, spans film, drawing and painting. www.animamundigallery.com

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Daily 10am – 5.20pm, last entry 5pm, £See website
A leading figure of modern British art from the 1930s, in 1949 Barbara Hepworth created a studio and sculpture garden in St Ives where she lived and worked for the rest of her life. Comprising over 30 works in wood, stone, plaster and bronze, the museum and garden give a remarkable insight into one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists.

Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View
Your Face, My Art
Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Sunday 22nd September
Noon – 4.30pm, Portrait £15 (no booking required)
A contemporary twist on the traditional art of seaside portraiture. Drop in, choose your artist (each with their own style), sit for your portrait in under 15 minutes and leave with an original piece of art.

Belgrave St Ives, 22 Fore Street
Alice Mumford Composite Shadows
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, Free
Our biannual one-person exhibition by popular artist and teacher Alice Mumford. Richly coloured interior and still life paintings made not from one moment but over a period of time. Talk Friday 27th at 3.30pm at Borlase Smart Room, St Ives School of Painting. See separate listing for details. 01736 794888 info@belgravestives.co.uk

Bible Christian Methodist Chapel, Back Road West
Photographic Presentation of Local Views
Tuesday 24th September, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Free
The Chapel is a peaceful place to sit, relax and reflect whilst watching images of local scenes past and present.

Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West
Spot the Artist (Exhibition organised by St Ives Rotary Club)
Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, 10am – 4pm, Free
Exhibition and ‘secret’ sale of large postcard artwork made by more than 300 mainly professional artists. £50 per painting. Proceeds are shared on a 50/50 basis between local arts organisations and Rotary charities and good causes. Sale on Sunday 22nd.

Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West
Spot the Artist (Sale of paintings organised by St Ives Rotary Club)
Sunday 22nd September, 9am – 2pm, Free
Exhibition and ‘secret’ sale of large postcard artwork made by more than 300 mainly professional artists. £50 per painting. Proceeds are shared on a 50/50 basis between local arts organisations and Rotary charities and good causes. You may have to queue to buy the artwork of your choice.

Café Art, The Drill Hall, Chapel Street, TR26 2LR
Deborah H Lewis – Blue Mind
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 4pm, Tuesday, Thursday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm, Free
With a selection of mixed media art Deborah, an artist living in St Ives since 2003, aims to evoke the emotional connection between humans and the ocean.

Cohort Hostel, The Stennack
Mayes Creative Presents: Sound, Film and Creative Technology
Thursday 19th & Friday 20th, Noon – 7pm, Free
An exhibition sharing sound and visual outcomes from our 2019 Lizard Beacons communications heritage and astrophysics project. Workshops both days Noon-3pm: Thursday – Creative Technology for Artists; Friday – Interactive demonstration with Justin Wiggan.

Crypt Gallery, Norway Square
Marie Keeling & Glyn Walton
Daily until 20th, 10.30am – 5.30pm, Free
Glyn Walton: Sculpture inspired by people and their interaction with the environment.
Marie Keeling: Industry and city inspired abstract paintings and 3D works.

Crypt Gallery, Norway Square
From the Street to Canvas
Saturday 21st onwards, daily 10am-6pm, Free
Paul Wadsworth solo show, showing works from recent travels in Southern India and landscapes painted in West Cornwall and time spent with the circus painting. Paul will be using the space as a working studio during the show. All welcome.

Driftwood Gallery, 26 Fore Street
Art Meets Architecture
Friday 20th September, 6 – 8pm, Free
In this exhibition world famous architect, Ingo, presents a selection of his original artworks. Leading us on an exploration of art within architecture, Ingo’s unmistakable style ensures a dramatic impact. His work shows the tension between the visual grid of our worlds most renowned buildings, and the liquid, organic flow of paint on canvas. Complimentary drinks and nibbles. www.driftwoodcontemporary.co.uk

Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, Entrance Gallery
Michel Francois & Young-Gi Seo: Cornwall to Korea
Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm, Free
This selling exhibition of Falmouth potter Michel Francois and Korean potter Young-Gi Seo is a result of their ongoing creative partnership. In 2018, Michel worked with Young-Gi in Korea. This exhibition is a result of their most recent endeavours, with Young-Gi having just completed a residency at Michel’s pottery.

Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, Shop
Callum Trudgeon: Japan & Denmark – Wood Fired Pots
Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm, Free
In this selling show, Callum Trudgeon presents pots made during his recent year-long pottery sabbatical in Japan and Denmark. These pots are the result of his new experiences with wood firing and were all made on location. Callum has since returned to our Studio, working as a Production Potter.

Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, Cube Gallery
Monday-Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11am – 3.30pm, Museum Admission £6
This exhibition explores the ways that potters approach surface using historic and contemporary pots from several renowned potters to illustrate this fascinating area. Visitors can also respond to the surfaces and patterns they see and create their own artworks in the gallery.

New Craftsman Gallery, Fore Street
Art of Gathering
Monday-Saturday, 10.30am – 5:30pm, Free
The Art of Gathering is a multidisciplinary exhibition at the New Craftsman Gallery. The eight selected artist-makers use the act of gathering, collecting or harvesting materials as an integral part of their arts practice. An installation by basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan, inspired by traditional fishing baskets, will be on display in the historic fishing cellar at Porthmeor Studios. Featured artists: Michael Porter, Stuart Cairns, Max Bainbridge, Abigail Booth, Joe Hogan, Annemarie O’Sullivan, Felix Kary, Patricia Shone. www.newcraftsmanstives.com

Penwith Gallery, Back Road West, New Gallery
Noel Betowski – In the Fold 2
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Free
Sixty-five large scale paintings arranged as one, predominantly abstract and based on the concept of Entoptic Phenomena, dating from 1979-2019. Incorporating weaving by Pamela Jane Betowski. www.penwithgallery.com

Penwith Gallery, Back Road West, Studio Gallery
Peter Wray and Judy Collins
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Free
Peter Wray and Judy Collins have been collaborative painters for some thirteen years and, since moving to Cornwall in early 2009, have established themselves as an influential and well-respected creative team, both locally and nationally. They enjoy a deep and resonant relationship with Penwith, and nowhere is this more apparent than in their evocative collaborative works. www.penwithgallery.com

Porthmeor Print Workshop, Above the Penwith Gallery, Back Road West
Members’ Show
Saturday 14th – Wednesday 25th September, 10am-5pm, Free
A rare opportunity to welcome you behind the scenes into this historic building which was once Peter Lanyon’s School of Painting. A mixed exhibition by members will show a vast range of printmaking skills with framed and unframed work for sale.

Porthmeor Studio Cellars, Back Road West
The Maritime Artist: Installation by American artist Mark Dion
Wednesday 18th, Wednesday 25th September, 11am – 4pm, Free
To celebrate the renovation of the Grade II* Porthmeor Studios, the distinguished American artist Mark Dion was commissioned to produce an artwork reflecting the remarkable arts and fishing heritage of this building. Dion’s collection of artefacts evoke the long established connection between fisherman and artist.

Porthmeor Studio Cellars, Back Road West
Fluent: Installation by artist- basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan
Daily, 11am – 4pm, Free
Annemarie O’Sullivan is an Irish basket maker, working on small-scale domestic objects to large-scale architectural forms. Exploring traditional skills and modern materials in her making process, Annemarie has constructed a site-sensitive installation, titled Fluent, drawing on her current work around fishing baskets, traps and lobster pots. Her work is also on show at the New Craftsman Gallery.

Salthouse Gallery, Norway Square
The Buck Stops Here
Sunday 15th – Thursday 19th September, 10am – 6.30pm, Free
Exhibition and sale of an eclectic range of handmade studio ceramics, sculptures, and photography. Meet the artists who are or have been based in Buckinghamshire, and are members of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild. Join us each evening from 5.30 pm for a glass of wine.

St Ives Arts Club, Westcotts Quay, Agnes Naylor Room
Members’ Exhibition
Daily 10am-5pm, Free
Founded in 1890, The Arts Club is the oldest established society for artists in St Ives. Our gallery is available for members to show their work. We are delighted to hold a Festival ‘open’ event for all members to display their different styles of art and craft.

St Ives Library, Gabriel Street, Greta Williams Room
St Ives in Stitches
Monday – Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm, Sunday 14th 10am-3pm, Free
The textile banners were made as a community project led by Jo McIntosh and depict the buildings along Wharf Road and around the harbour, ending with the lighthouse on Smeaton’s Pier. Please note that the exhibition will be closed during talks and workshops.

St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, Norway Square
Members’ Festival Show
Saturday 14th – Wednesday 25th, 10am – 5.30pm , Sunday 2 – 5pm, Free
A Members’ show featuring an eclectic mix of styles and media. Also, a fine selection of unframed original works and cards.

St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, Norway Square
Square Deal and Donated Picture Show
Saturday 21st from 4pm
Members work on 10″ Square Canvases all at £50 plus a selection of donated works at Commission free prices. Come early as this event is extremely popular. Display will continue until 28th September.

St Uny Church, Church Road, Lelant, TR26 3DT
Festival of Art and Crafts
Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st September
As part of the St Ives September Festival, St Uny Church in Lelant will be opening its doors again this year for an exciting Festival of Art and Crafts. With a wide range of original artwork and high quality crafts, there will be plenty of opportunity to browse and to snap up that ‘must have’ special gift or unique piece for the home, as well as stocking up on beautiful handmade greetings cards. The event will run from Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st September and is open daily from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, culminating with an Open Day on Saturday 21st September from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and, alongside the wealth of locally made original art and craft items for sale, there will be creative fun-filled activities for all the family. Refreshments will be available throughout the week in Lelant Heritage Centre and proceeds will be in aid of St Uny Church Appeal. Come and enjoy the ancient beauty of St Uny Church where a warm welcome awaits.

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach
Otobong Nkanga
From Friday 20th September, 10am – 5.20pm, last entry 5pm, £See website
Exhibition focusing on the interrelation between environment, architecture and history, in particular the extraction of natural resources from the earth and the transformation of minerals, such as mica, into desirable commodities. Nkanga’s work is multi-disciplinary, spanning tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance. www.tate.org.uk/stives

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach
Modern Art in St Ives Displays
Daily, 10am – 5.20pm, last entry 5pm, £See website
A suite of galleries dedicated to the St Ives Modernists who made St Ives a key centre for international art. Daily tours at 11-11.30am and 2-2.30pm, free with admission. Also new for the 2019 September Festival, Ten Minute Talks happening daily throughout the galleries. Visit the cafe and shop without buying a ticket and enjoy the ocean views. www.tate.org.uk/stives

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, Foyle Studio
Environments: An Exhibition of works by Tate St Ives staff
Tuesday 24th – Sunday 29th, 10am – 5.20pm (last entry at 5pm), Free
The first exhibition of artwork by Tate St Ives Staff, showcasing the hidden talent and creativity of the many artists within the team. Bringing together a variety of work, including sculpture, jewellery, photography, painting, performance, film and more. For a preview, visit our instagram page @theproperjob

Waterside Gallery, Street an Pol
A Homage to Alfred Wallis
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm, Free
A selection of paintings in the style of Alfred Wallis may be viewed at the Waterside Gallery, Street-An-Pol.

Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah, TR19 7TS (on B3306 coast road)
Island Life
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Free (donations to Shelterbox)
Well-known artists Mark Hearld, Alex Malcolmson, Terry Shone, Guy Royle are the main painter, sculptor, potter and jeweller in this lively exhibition, with textiles by Sue Marshall plus other delights. Contact: Gilly Wyatt Smith, 01736 786425, gilly@yewtreegallery.com, www.yewtreegallery.com

Zennor Village Hall, TR26 3BY
Cornish Connections
Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd September, 10am – 4.30pm, Free
Annual exhibition of unique paintings, prints, ceramics, sculptures and wonderful hooked rugs by artists with links to Zennor. The artists have been chosen for their distinctive styles and have produced a body of work which reflects their own inner creativity. Disabled access. Contact: Jennifer Gourley, 01736 798537, art@boswednack.co.uk