St Ives has been nationally famous as an artistic colony for over a hundred years and remains so to this day, with dozens of established artists working in a range of studios around the town. The St Ives Festival is a rare chance to see them at work, as it’s a time when artists open their studios to visitors for a limited number days in the year. This is a unique opportunity to buy work direct from the makers, to see them in a studio setting and learn more about their process. We have painters, ceramicists, printmakers and mixed media artists all working in St Ives, so if you are an art lover and want to enjoy a Festival of art by the sea, keep an eye out for our Open Studios programme which we’ll be announcing here soon.