and demonstrations

Steeped in creative and Cornish history, St Ives is a treasure trove of fascinating information and our talks and demonstrations programme is always a very popular part of the Festival. These events are usually heavily over-subscribed, so if you like your art history, would like to know more about this fascinating part of the South West and all the legacy of St Ives, or watch some exciting pit-firing action, please check back here for more details of our talks and demonstrations this year which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks.

Sunday 15th September, Sun 22nd
Storytelling in Café Art
3pm Free, Café Art, The Drill Hall, Chapel Street
Come along to this free event and listen to stories – some true, some maybe not so true. If you have a story to tell please bring it along.

Sunday 22nd September
Pit Firing Ceramics on the Beach
3pm, Free, Porthmeor Beach, In Front of the Tate St Ives
For the 9th consecutive year Artists Mary Kaun English and Martyn Perryman will conduct a ceramic Pit Firing. This process uses the most basic of materials to fire ceramic vessels and sculpture in a sandpit. Each year this proves to be an atmospheric and communal experience in a unique environment.

Monday 23rd September
Excavating the Pit
10am Promptly, Free, Porthmeor Beach, In Front of the Tate St Ives
The ceramic Pit Fire has burnt through the night and the clay pieces have absorbed the colour the smoke gave off when the organic materials in the pit burnt. Each piece of ceramics will be unique – watch to see what the pit revels. The pieces will be available to purchase.