Porthmeor Studios
Back Road West, St Ives

The Grade II* Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, Cornwall is probably the most iconic artists’ studios in the country. It is the oldest and has hosted some of the most illustrious artists working in Britain. The recent capital renovations won universal acclaim and several awards.
Originally built in the early 1800s for the pilchard fishery, its cellars still clearly show how this industry worked, and the building was listed Grade II in 2005 because of this evidence. Fishermen still use the cellars for storing and repairing their gear and for setting nets.
However, Porthmeor is best known for the incredible number of internationally important artists who have worked there, including Julius Olsson, Frances Hodgkins, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Francis Bacon and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham while its Borlaise Smart Room also hosts events during the St Ives September Festival.

Friday September 20 to Saturday September 22 SPOT THE ARTIST

St Ives Rotary’s hugely popular Spot The Artist charity sale of paintings has become a middle weekend September Festival “tradition” at Porthmeor Studios.
First staged in 2006, the event is now regarded as one of the best charity art postcard sales in the country outside London with many local, national and international artists donating their work which is only signed on the back.
The viewing days will be on the Friday and Saturday (10am to 4pm) when you can try and recognise the works on view and target your potential buys before joining the queue.
The will once again take place on the Festival’s middle Sunday (9am to 1pm).
The keenest bargain hunters are expected to once again “camp out” and queue overnight in Back Road West for first pick of the paintings on offer.
Proceeds, which last year exceeded £7,000, are shared between arts organisations and other good causes supported by Rotary.