Penwith Gallery
Back Road East, St Ives, TR26 1NL

The Penwith Gallery was purchased by the Penwith Society of Arts in 1961 and the site was extended in the early 1970s. The complex now includes three public galleries, artists’ studios, a print workshop, a sculpture courtyard, shop and archive. The Society was founded in 1949 by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Sven Berlin and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, amongst others. This association with so many progressive and influential artists has given the Penwith Society a unique place in British art history. Today the Penwith Gallery offers a year-round programme of exhibitions by Society Members and Associates, as well as those by other artists from Cornwall and further afield. The Penwith continues to present contemporary work of outstanding quality, showing some of the most exciting and acclaimed artists working today.

Tuesday, September 13 (5.30pm) – AS I WAS GOING TO ST IVES: Three Visual Artists who work with Text

The New Gallery

As I was going to St Ives screenshot
Still frame from ‘As I was going to St Ives’.

This experimental art documentary emerged as a way to engage in creative conversation, and share work with a wider audience during Covid. The film brings together the work of three artists who are linked by their relationships to St Ives and now find themselves all working with text and images: Rex Dixon in Trinidad, Adrian Frost in Arkansas and Vivian Pedley in Sussex.

Patricia Mohammed and Michael Mooleedhar, co-directors, will give a brief introduction to the film. The film is 35 minutes long and there will be a Q and A session afterwards. Drinks will be available for a donation to the gallery.

Rex Dixon
Rex Dixon is based in Trinidad in the Caribbean.

Growing up in war-time London, painter Rex Dixon taught for years in strife-torn Belfast before a series of lucky events brought him to the Caribbean in 1985 where he has lived for the past 35 years. Every year since he has made a pilgrimage back to his homeland to connect with galleries and his art colleagues. He has exhibited extensively in the Caribbean and internationally and represented Jamaica in the second and third Biennale of Caribbean and Central American Painting. Read more about Rex Dixon here.

Adrian Frost
Artist Adrian Frost currently resides in Arkansas.

Adrian Frost was born in Cornwall and attended St Martin’s in London. He was a visiting professor at London University, Reading University, Kingston College in the UK and the Art Institute in Bergen Norway. Along with teaching filmmaking at Clear Springs School, Arkansas his performance/films have shown at the International Video Poetry Festival Athens, Greece in 2015 and 2018 and throughout the US. Learn more about Adrian Frost by visiting his website here.

Vivian Pedley
Artist Vivian Pedley contributed to the film from Sussex.

Born in Redruth, Cornwall, Vivian Pedley studied at Stourbridge College of Art before taking an MA in Fine Art at Concordia University in Montreal. He has held residencies in Pouch Cove Foundation NF Canada 2004 and Roche-Murray ind. Arts Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia. Amongst numerous others, as a previous member of the Penwith Society, he had a one-person show there in 1988. He was visiting artist at Dulwich Picture Gallery outreach Programme in London in 2009. Visit Vivian Pedley’s website for more about his recent works.

The film will be on continuous loop in the Archive Study Centre during Gallery opening hours for the rest of the Festival. Free of charge.

Thursday, September 15 (8pm) – REBECCA HUNT presents WAVEFORMS

Join contemporary composer and pianist Rebecca Hunt for the premiere of Waveforms – Piano Compositions Inspired By The Art of Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE.

This exciting project was prompted by the return of restored Magic Stone by Barbara to the Penwith Gallery in August 2020. Each
composition has been inspired by a piece of art and has been selected by the Penwith Gallery, one-handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy and Rebecca herself. Co-founded by Barbara Hepworth, the gallery offers the perfect setting to showcase Rebecca’s captivating composition and performance style.

Born in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Rebecca Hunt grew up surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Peak District and this connection with nature and love of the landscape alongside themes of life and love informs her music. Classically trained, Rebecca has evolved a composition style to fuse Baroque, Classical and Romantic elements with contemporary techniques, weaving intoxicating song-like melodies through a rich and expressive soundscape. Rebecca’s captivating performance style draws the audience into a unique and intimate sound-world all of its own. Presented as part of the popular and diverse celebration of the culture of the St Ives September Festival this unique event (for 14-year-olds and over only) is not to be missed! Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Stay up to date with Rebecca’s events and new releases at her website

Tuesday, September 20 (2pm) – A talk by ANDREA PHILLIPS – The Working Processes of Barbara Hepworth

The Hepworth Room

Barbara Hepworth sculpture
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture ‘Magic Stone’.

Andrea Phillips, artist and writer, recently completed an MA in Authorial Illustration at Falmouth University and has a keen interest in why artists do the things they do. Why do artists take the journeys they take and adopt the processes they do? Hepworth started in direct carving in many different natural materials and then went on to work with bronze, which meant building up a form from scratch – almost a constructivist way of working. Join Andrea in a talk about the working processes of Barbara Hepworth over her lifetime. Free of charge.

Thursday, September 22 (10am – 4pm) – Live painting with KAREN McENDOO

You are invited to join Karen McEndoo whilst she puts paint to canvas using a variety of tools and different techniques to create an abstract and expressive piece of work.

Karen McEndoo
Karen McEndoo

Everyone is warmly invited to the session and to ask questions about both the practical aspects of painting and the profound effect it creates. The process of painting informs, delights and even frustrates at times but is hugely addictive and, for the most part, rewarding.

‘Most galleries offer carefully curated shows featuring a range of paintings, sculptures and ceramics. It is, however, rare that artists are invited to conduct a live painting session within the gallery and it with great pleasure that I have been given the opportunity to do so’. – Karen McEndoo SWAc. Free of charge.

Thursday, September 22 (2pm) – Penwith Gallery talk with JASON LILLEY

Archive Study Centre

Jason Lilley
Jason Lilley at the Penwith Gallery Archive.

Jason Lilley will introduce the intriguing history of The Penwith Gallery and the personalities involved with its development and give a glimpse into the plans for the future use of this unique resource. Free of charge.