St Ives Society of Artists

St Ives Society of Artists
Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1NA
Mariners Gallery: upper ground floor
Crypt Gallery: lower ground floor

Housed in the former Mariners Church in Norway Square, the St Ives Society of Artists exhibit paintings, prints, woodcarvings and sculptures in a majestically bright and airy space known as the Mariners Gallery, as well as beneath the church in the Crypt Gallery. The building itself can be seen from almost every vantage point in town, making it a fixture of the landscape and symbolic centre of the artists’ colony in St Ives.

Tuesday September 17 (10am-1pm) ABSTRACTION ON THE BEACH with Liz Hough

Join award-winning landscape artist Liz Hough at the Crypt Gallery for a morning of inspiration and collage around old-town St Ives inspired by John Piper, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Bryan Wynter and Sandra Blow.
After settling into your workspace, Liz will take you out into the harbour to collect source material and make sketches.
She will then lead you through the process of creating a collage from your drawings before moving onto a larger final piece. Places: 10. £45 Booking available soon

Wednesday September 18 (7.30pm) ARKANGEL’S CIDER WITH ROSIE

ARKangel return to the St Ives September Festival and the Mariners Gallery with their new 2024 show Cider with Rosie.
Featuring guitar, voice and spoken word, Katherine and Alan Clark, from Southwell in Nottinghamshire, present Laurie Lee’s “rich memoir of childhood and awakening, in an age of dramatic social change – the last witness to a lost time.”
Following last year’s highly successful tour of ‘As I walked Out . . .’ – performed at the Mariners Gallery during the September Festival – ARKangel are now touring sister show Cider with Rosie.
Their Laurie Lee programmes are part of the Arts Council-funded 2024-25 Rural Touring programme Live and Local, with performances from north Lincolnshire down to Gloucester “and all counties east and west between,” said Katherine who added: “We’re really looking forward to returning to St Ives for this year’s Festival.”

Capturing Laurie Lee’s richly descriptive language in a powerful narrative, coloured with a feast of music, ARKangel’s Cider with Rosie explores Laurie’s much-loved memoir of childhood in an age of dramatic social change, the damp, cramped Cotswold cottage, the rural poverty following the First World War, an explosion of doves, Er down under the Varmint, post-war freedoms . . . and his never to be forgotten encounter with Rosie Burdock!
Interwoven with haunting traditional song and the music of Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Elgar Debussy and Holst, the programme includes such gems as Fantasia on Greensleeves, The Lark Ascending, The Snow it Melts the Soonest, New World Symphony and Sea Fever.
Their previous programmes include Lullaby of Andalusia, premièred at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as the scene-setter for Paco Peña’s ‘Requiem Flamenco’ before featuring at the 2022 September Festival while Histoire du Tango was performed to a packed Three Choirs Festival. TICKETS £12

Thursday September 19 (3pm) ST IVES AND THE SOCIETY

A talk with Janet Axten in the Crypt Gallery. Donations welcome towards the Rose Window Regeneration Project.

Thursday September 19 (6.30-9.30pm) AN EVENING OF AMBIENCE

An evening of ambient soundtracks and film projection in the Crypt Galery brought to you as part of The Stennack Sound Project.
Soundtrack by Pete Giles including many from his recent releases. Films will be provided by Pete Giles, Laurent Sykes and Dyhano. Be part of a Deep Listening Experience. FREE

Friday September 20 (from 10am and 2pm) SQUARE DEAL ART SALE

The popular Square Deal art sale returns to the Mariners Gallery for another year, giving art enthusiasts the chance to own an original painting by one of the St Ives Society’s member artists.
Each painting is priced at £60 and proceeds go towards the maintenance of hte Society’s historic building.
The gallery will be open from 10am for viewing. The sale begins at 2pm and anyone looking to participate will be invited to queue outside. Paintings will be sold on a first come first served basis and gallery staff will be there to guide you. FREE

Sunday September 22 (10am-1pm) WEARABLE ART with Sam Reese

Join Society member Sam Reese  at the Crypt Gallery to learn how to distil your identity and inspirations into beautiful wooden brooches.
Mini sketchbook exploration and mixed-media experimentation will form the foundation of the class.
Sam will provide all the materials and guidance you need to create a piece of wearable art curated to display your personality to the outside world. Places: 20. £20 Booking available soon


Join St Ives Bookseller for an evening with printmaker Angela Harding as she launches her newest book Still Waters and Wild Waves.
It is a joyful celebration of water and wildlife across Britain – perfect for art admirers and nature lovers everywhere.
Featuring more than 50 original illustrations of dramatic seascapes and reflective rivers, alongside photography of the stunning places that inspired the artwork and pages from her sketchbooks this beautiful new book captures the waters that move us. The book will be available for purchase on the night. £8 TICKETS