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.