St Ives Arts Club
Westcott’s Quay, St Ives

Founded in 1890, St Ives Arts Club offers membership for artists, gallery space for exhibitions and an intimate upstairs theatre for live performances. The Arts Club is a major September Festival venue, hosting a varied range of events throughout the fortnight.

Saturday September 9 (7.30pm) – GREEN DIESEL

Hailing from Faversham in Kent, folk-­rock band Green Diesel first emerged in 2009 and take their inspiration from the depths of English folk lore and legend and the classic folk rock sounds of Fairport Convention and The Albion Band.
Blending violin, mandolin, dulcimer and accordion with electric guitars and drums, Green Diesel’s sound is born from a love of traditional English music and a desire to bring it to a modern audience.
The band’s first three albums, 2012’s ‘Now Is The Time’, 2014’s ‘Wayfarers All’ and 2017’s ‘The Hangman’s Fee’ won praise from critics and fans alike for the quality of song-writing and musicianship while they have appeared at the likes of Beverley Folk Festival, Charmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and the Kelburn Garden Party and shared stages with the likes of Gilmore & Roberts, Spiers & Boden and Fotheringay. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Monday September 11 (7.30pm) – HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

Dir:- Woody Allen – 1986 Drama/comedy 1 hour 47 mins
Cast – Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Woody Allen, Barbara Hershey…
Hannah & her Sisters is an intensely felt family drama about three very different but emotionally dependent sisters.
Woody Allen has always been interested in women and their relationships with each other. This multi award winning film is a brilliant exploration on life, death, love, lust, jealousy and guilt. This is a classic film with a wonderful cast & superb acting, still very watchable. Click here to BOOK TICKETS


Tuesday September 12 (1pm) – THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN ST IVES AND WEST CORNWALL with Janet Axten

Social historian Janet Axten gives a brief illustrated overview of the history of textiles in West Cornwall over the past 400 years, and identifies the way St Ives and the surrounding area fitted into the overall narrative.
The talk includes a look at the effects the Crysede silk company had on the region. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Wednesday September 13 (7.30pm) AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Dir:- John Wells – 2013 Drama/dark humour 2 hours
Cast – Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch…
A family gather around the matriarch of a midwest family after the husband goes missing, where they proceed to tear each other, and themselves apart.
Based on the darkly humorous Pulitzer winning play by Tracy Letts this is classy American theatre brought to cinematic life in big, brash, shouty brushstrokes.
Meryl Streep is fantastic as the poison tongued pill-popping Violet Weston alongside an assemblage of premium actors who capture the stormy recriminations, disrespect and taunts of a family in pain. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Thursday September 14 (1pm) – ZENNOR SPIRIT OF PLACE with Q&A

The 60-minute film explores the personal and political dramas which followed the arrival of the disreputable writer D.H.Lawrence and his German wife Frieda von Richthofen in the ancient village of Zennor during the First World War.
The wild landscape and remote cottages around Zennor became host to scores of infamous artists, poets, eccentrics and occultists who lived, loved and wreaked havoc in this mystical place. Throughout the 20th century sublime art was created amid a backdrop of witchcraft, scandalous sexual intrigue, black magic rituals and Nazi spy rings.
There will be a Q&A after the film with the film-maker, award-winning Diana Taylor who had a successful 30 year career working for the BBC. She is now an independent film producer based in Newlyn. Her recent documentaries creatively explored the life of the First World War Poet Ivor Gurney and the Cornish Artist Helen Feiler. SOLD OUT

Thursday September 14 (8pm) – BIG FRUG

Experience an evening of live and original performance from poets,  musicians , theatre types, comedians, story tellers etc.
The Big Frug has been part of the Festival for more than 20 years and, as ever, is hosted by the inimitable Bob Devereux who has been apart of the St Ives cultural scene since the early 1960s. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Friday September 15 (8pm) – NICOLE TESSEYMAN

Where It All Began! Enjoy St Ives very own recording artist Nicole Tesseyman who was “discovered” at last years September Festival at her very first gig!
Since then Nicole has released 3 singles and an EP – all her own material based on St Ives life !
Nicole’s style is country/folk and sea shanties with a few cover favourites! See more about Nicole on her website
Nicole’s “at home” playing at The Arts Club. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Saturday September 16 (2pm) – MORDARDH: SURF AND SEA POETRY

Catch the rhythmic waves of spoken word, blending the beauty of surfing and the power of poetry.A spoken word performance filled with captivating words, rhythmic beats, and the spirit of the ocean.
This all-women poetry collective who brought Morvoren: The Poetry of Sea Swimming to the 2022 September Festival, are back with Mordardh, which is Cornish for breaking wave.
Their new project, supported by Arts Council England, involved talking to surfers across Cornwall, asking why do people surf? Whether you’re a seasoned surfer, sea swimmer or simply someone who appreciates the power of words, this event is for you.
Let the talented poets transport you to the waves, where adrenaline meets tranquility, and where surf culture intertwines with the beauty of nature. Find out why half of Cornwall gets on a wetsuit and heads down the beach when the surf’s up (yes, the other half will be sea swimming!).
Experience the magic of surf and sea poetry with poets from the collective including Ella Walsworth-Bell, Kerry Vincent, Kate Barden and Abigail Ottley, Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Saturday September 16 (8pm) – GLOBAL JAMMING’S SONGS OF COMMUNITY

Join St.Ives’ music collective Global Jamming for another great evening celebrating the power of music to help us put aside our differences and be there for each other.
A host of local talented artists and groups will present original and classic songs, readings and short films that carry our faith in human nature and empower us to make changes for the better.
Performers will include Meor Voices (left), AC/UC, Johanna Hillebrand (right), Libby Pentreath, Sylvie and Treve Nicol, Josh Rogers, cellist Kari Prince. Drinks and snacks available for donations.
Proceeds from the event will go to Badgers Food Forest – Global Jamming’s new community project. See for more details. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Sunday September 17 (7.30pm) – ANNA ‘SONGBIRD’ FERN

Songbird Anna draws inspiration for her original songs from both her fascinating ancestry and the coastal wonders which surround her home in Anglesey, North Wales.
Her heartfelt lyrics can be heard on her CD Love Letters From Another Era which she released last year and her most recent originals are infused with coastal themes and showcase her passion for the sea.
Anna combines the Autoharp and Q Chord, with pure vocal harmonies to create an enchanting mix of original songs and covers. Her music will enthral you with its distinctive combination of modern and folk textured melodies.Click here to BOOK TICKETS


Leading Cornish art historian David Tovey looks at the background to the formation of the St Ives Arts Club in 1890, its founder members and some of the important artists involved in its early years.
He will also discuss its importance in the development of the envied lifestyle of the colony.
David will also showcase and assess the importance of the archive recently donated to the Arts Club of the four Whitehouse sisters, who were early and long-serving members. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Monday September 18 (6.30pm) – MARTYN BARKER AND KELVIN BOWERS

Martyn Barker and Kelvin Burrows invite you to drop in on an acoustic extravaganza!
One man threw plates at the moon and ran across the world: the other stayed in Goole and formed a rockband.
Join them at the Arts Club to hear what happens when they get together for a regular chinwag.
Martyn Barker, song-writer, guitarist and vocalist who often performs at the September Festival, sometimes with his group The Tea Band, and Kelvin Bowers will be joined by Phil Saward – and his “bootlegger”. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Tuesday September 19 (7.30pm) – THE TRUTH (English/French)

Dir:-Hirokazu Kore-eda – 2019 Drama/comedy 1 hour 46 mins
Cast – Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke…
This film is a warm & moving family portrait, sensitive and emotionally intelligent.
‘The Truth’ is a film within a film. It’s about acting, on screen and in life. It deals with truths, untruths & memory, conflicts and reconciliation and offers a relatable look at human relationships. Catherine Deneuve gives a wonderful selfaware performance alongside exquisite performances from its all star cast. Click here to BOOK TICKETS



Leading Cornish art historian David Tovey, the author of the two-volume Lamorna – An Artistic, Social and Literary History and co-curator of the exhibition Lamorna Colony Pioneers which runs at Penlee House Gallery, Penzance, until September 30, presents what would have been his Dream Lamorna Exhibition should all desired works, by such artists as Laura and Harold Knight, Alfred Munnings and S.J. Lamorna Birch and the avant-garde group Gluck, Marlow Moss, Ithell Colquhoun, John Tunnard and John Armstrong, have been available.
The combination of the fine collection of paintings in the show at Penlee House and these further unavailable masterpieces highlight the importance of the Lamorna colony as an entity in its own right as opposed to being merely a branch of the Newlyn colony. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Thursday September 21 (8pm) – BIG FRUG

See Thursday September 14. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Friday September 22 (7.30pm) – BALDRICK’S PLAN with Johanna and Grace

Baldrick’s Plan are a local four-piece folk group, specialising in strong harmony singing. Their repertoire is largely based within English traditional music, but also embracing songs – ancient and modern – from other backgrounds and traditions.
Johanna Hillebrand and Grace Dulcimer, formerly of Foxes Fair, will entertain with songs ranging from the melodious to the macabre, playing Appalachian dulcimer, banjo and guitar. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Saturday September 23 (7.30pm) DU GLAS

Du Glas offer their own brand of original roots music, combining influences from Americana and British folk-rock. Songs of miners, mutiny and murder; starvation, sirens and smugglers, that’s what you get when you leave this bunch of Cornish renegades alone for too long!!
Since 2016 the band have been rocking their way across the south of England including Wimborne Folk Festival and Chickenstock. They haven’t neglected their homeland either, wowing crowds at the Cornwall Folk Festival, the St Ives September Festival, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre and the Acorn Theatre.
Du Glas are now busy writing material for a third album and looking forward to hitting the road again to inflict the rest of the UK with their fierce attitude, thumping rhythms and rousing tunes that will make you lose all your inhibitions, roar till your throats sore and leave you talking like a pirate for the rest of the night. Click here to BOOK TICKETS