Talks
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, Sunday 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.

Monday 16th September
Callum Trudgeon: Japan & Denmark – A Potter’s Sabbatical
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Callum Trudgeon, a Leach Pottery Production Potter, will talk about his recent year-long sabbatical which saw him travel and pot in both Japan and Denmark with a focus on wood firing. These new experiences inform his selling exhibition at the Leach Pottery, which is open during the Festival.

Monday 16th September
Gallipoli: The Day I Left My Boyhood Behind
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
“On that day I left my boyhood behind” is how Susan’s grandfather, Norman Woodcock described the landings at Gallipoli in 1915. In the same campaign Edward Hain from St Ives was killed in action. Using her grandfather’s extensive memoirs, Susan Burnett will talk about Gallipoli and WW1 in the Middle East.

Monday 16th, Monday 23rd September
That Blackguard Burton!
5.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
An illustrated talk with film and animation about Capt Sir Richard Francis Burton by Shanty Baba, Curator of the Burton Museum. The famous Victorian maverick, adventurer, spy, explorer, translator of the Kama Sutra and 1001 Arabian Nights and one of the world’s most extraordinary individuals. Contains adult material.

Tuesday 17th September
Demonstration of Setting Nets
10.30 – 11.30am, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Chris Care, former seaman, miner and fisherman, now a shore captain, demonstrates net setting in his historic net loft at Porthmeor, and talks about the different types of fish caught using this technique. Proceeds to Poppy Appeal.

Tuesday 17th September
Printmaking Demonstration by Chris Smith
11am, Free, Porthmeor Print Workshop, Above the Penwith Gallery, Back Road West.
Chris will take you through the Collagraph technique and will demonstrate inking & printing from two Collagraph plates. chrissmith5091@gmail.com

Tuesday 17th September
Keeping Up Appearances: Conservation of the Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Hepworth’s home and studio from 1949 until 1975, the Museum and Sculpture Garden offers an insight into the life and working methods of Hepworth herself. The Tate Sculpture Conservation Team has the enviable task of maintaining the artworks and studios; Deborah Cane gives a glimpse into the world of conservation.

Tuesday 17th September
The Long Deep: Cornwall’s Atlantic Edge
2 – 3pm, £5, St Ives Library, Gabriel Street.
Veteran Lonely Planet author, Des Hannigan, takes a rollercoaster ride through his new book, The Long Deep. Included are tales of shipwreck and a Chinese Junk off the Isles of Scilly, all salted with fun, facts and furbelows and illustrated with scenes that the selfie-stick does not reach.

Tuesday 17th September
Big Stick and Little Stick: Will and Ka Arnold-Forster in Cornwall
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Ka Arnold-Forster was the first female magistrate in Cornwall and a school inspector. Her husband Will was an artist, gardener and politician, worked for the Labour Party and the CPRE, and waged war on pot holes. Jane Winter, the biographer of this remarkable couple who lived at Eagles’ Nest in Zennor, will talk about their contribution to the county they called home.

Wednesday 18th September
Old St Ives and the Artists Who Came to Paint
10am, also at 2pm, Free, Bible Christian Church Hall, Back Road West.
An illustrated talk with scenes of St Ives through the ages and the artists who interpreted these scenes on canvas told by a local historian.

Wednesday 18th September
Porthmeor Light: the Art of Place
10.30 – Noon, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
A talk and tour by architect Rolfe Kentish, who worked with the late MJ Long on the award-winning renovation of the Grade II* Porthmeor Studios, exploring how the fragile building was meticulously taken apart and reconstructed. The talk will also touch on the approach to the Trust’s current project for the repair of Grade II* Anchor Studio in Newlyn.

Wednesday 18th September
A tale of Mother’s Bones: the Surrealists Pailthorpe and Mednikoff
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
This autumn Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange celebrate the work of a unique personal and artistic collaboration. Surrealists Grace Palthorpe, a surgeon, and Reuben Mednikoff, an artist moved to Port Isaac in 1935 and began a project to bring together art, writing and psychoanalysis.

Wednesday 18th September
St Ives in 1939 – the Year of Change
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Janet Axten, Heritage Manager of St Ives Archive, looks at events the year World War 2 broke out. From the January lifeboat disaster and the three hundred years’ celebrations of the town’s Charter in August, to the arrival of the modernist artists, for some, St Ives would never be the same.

Thursday 19th September
The Science Behind the 400 Light Years project
Noon – 7pm, £5 (no booking required), Cohort Hostel, The Stennack.
Mayes Creative presents a talk by astrophysicist Carolyn Kennet about the science behind the 400 Light Years project; a project where visual and sound artists have responded to the variety of astronomical sights found around Lizard Point and the incredible communication heritage along this very special part of the SW coastal path.

Thursday 19th September
Poems to the Landscape
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Stuart Cairns is an Irish artist and silversmith whose practice is concerned with investigating the environment and his relationship with it through walking, photography, drawing, making and the collection of found objects. Stuart is one of the selected artist-makers for ‘The Art of Gathering’ exhibition at the New Craftsman Gallery.

Thursday 19th September
St Ives in Stitches
2 – 3pm, £3, St Ives Library, Gabriel Street.
Jo McIntosh will be giving a talk about how the community project known as St Ives in Stitches came about, how it evolved and how people can get involved with the next phase ‘Fore Street’.

Thursday 19th, Thursday 26th September
The Art and Heritage of Old St Ives
7pm, £5 (no advanced booking), St Ives Museum, Wheal Dream.
The event will comprise of a walk and talk by the Curator throughout this unique local museum to discover the many aspects of old St Ives – fishing, farming, mining and every facet of the St Ives the artists came to paint in addition to the many paintings donated to the Museum.

Thursday 19th September
Wine and Roses

8pm, £5.50, Café Art, The Drill Hall, Chapel Street.
Oliver St John talks about the Spanish guitar and performs some well-known pieces, including arrangements by Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream. St John talks and plays us through more than a century of innovation, illustrated by works of some of the greatest composers for the guitar. Licensed Bar. Postcode TR26 2LR (wheelchair accessible).

Friday 20th September
Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
The new Director of Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Anna Renton, introduces their new exhibition, which examines the impact the St Ives rebels made at the time and the creative tensions that existed between them.

Friday 20th September
Printmaking Demonstration by Trevor Price
4pm, Free, Porthmeor Print Workshop, Above the Penwith Gallery, Back Road West.
Trevor will take you through his printmaking methods and will make 11 prints from start to finish. It’s fast, spontaneous and fun printmaking. www.trevorpricestudios.com

Friday 20th September
Mayes Creative presents: 400 Light Years
7pm, £5 (no booking required), Cohort Hostel, The Stennack.
Developed from Mayes Creative’s Lizard Beacons communications and astrophysics project, artists Joanna Mayes and Justin Wiggan present live sound and visuals, using collected material, including plants and cosmic ray detectors! Talk by collaborator Carolyn Kennett, astrophysicist.

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. http://www.marykaunenglish.com/

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

Monday 23rd September
Michel Francois: A Creative Partnership with Korea
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Michel Francois, one of the Leach Pottery’s ‘Start Up Potters’, has a gallery and studio in Falmouth. He will talk about his creative partnership with Korean potter Young-gi Seo – resulting in both potters working in each other’s studios. This partnership informs their current Leach Pottery selling exhibition.

Monday 23rd September
Dylan Thomas in Cornwall
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
From April 1936, Dylan Thomas frequently visited Cornwall and befriended a rooky reporter on The Cornishman, who recorded their adventures together. Jak Stringer’s multi-media, light-hearted look at the young bard’s life incorporates local news stories in pre-WW2 Cornwall, up to 11th July 1937 in Penzance, where Dylan married Catlin Macnamara.

Tuesday 24th September
Demonstration of Setting Nets
10.30 – 11.30am, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Chris Care, former seaman, miner and fisherman, now a shore captain, demonstrates net setting in his historic net loft at Porthmeor, and talks about the different types of fish caught using this technique. Proceeds to Poppy Appeal.

Tuesday 24th September
‘What’s In A Crack?’ A closer look at the paintings of Stanhope Forbes RA
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Painting conservator and technical art historian, Sarah Cove ACR, is well known for her re-discovery of ‘lost’ paintings by John Constable on BBC1’s ‘Fake or Fortune’. In this lecture she considers the materials and techniques used in oil sketches and exhibited works by Stanhope Forbes and his contemporaries.

Tuesday 24th September
Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft
3 – 4pm, £5, St Ives Library, Gabriel Street.
I was a junior footballer with Sheffield United and have been chairman of Corby Town FC. I was a director of the British Red Cross, a professional actor and business owner. These life experiences encouraged me to write my football thriller.

Tuesday 24th September
Researching Crysede and Cresta
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
St Ives Archive is continuing researching into the textile industry that gave employment to many local women. Janet Axten traces its beginnings in Newlyn in the 1920s; the factory in St Ives; the Cresta operation in Welwyn Garden City; the company’s return to Hayle after the war and its final days.

Wednesday 25th September
How Porthmeor Studios Tells the Story of St Ives
10.30am – Noon, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Nick Cahill, Historic Buildings Consultant, was closely involved in the restoration project and has unravelled the history of Porthmeor Studios. In this talk and tour he will look at the development and structure of this unique building and explain how it reveals much of the history of St Ives, with parallels to the Trust’s current renovation of Anchor Studio in Newlyn.

Wednesday 25th September
Friends and Foes of Bloomsbury
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Following on from earlier festival talks on Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, Sarah Latham Phillips will introduce Bloomsbury’s friends and foes: Vita Sackville West, Ottoline Morrell, Dora Carrington, David Garnett, Katherine Mansfield, T S Eliot and D H Lawrence amongst others.

Wednesday 25th September
Ordinary/Extraordinary
6 – 7pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Newlyn based painter, Michael Porter will talk about his most recent work, their origins and development. From the highly innovative landscape paintings using unorthodox combinations of techniques and mediums to the more literal images of natural ephemera often overlooked within the landscape. His work is currently showing at the New Craftsman Gallery.

Thursday 26th September
Escape Routes
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Dr Ian Massey will discuss the theme of art as a means of escape. Referring to artists, networks and communities in St Ives, London, Manchester and further afield, he will describe how an involvement in art enables us to escape from social background, expectations and conventions.

Thursday 26th September
From Street to Canvas
2 – 3pm, Free, Crypt Gallery, Norway Square.
Artist Paul Wadsworth gives a guided tour of his solo show ‘From Street to Canvas’. Paul will walk you around talking about his travels in the Middle East and India. Includes pieces from his travels in India, times spent painting with the circus and Cornish landscapes.

Thursday 26th September
The Art of Ceramic Pit firing – Past and Present
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Ceramic Artist Mary Kaun English has facilitated the pit firing event during the Festival for the past 9 years; this year occurring on Sunday 22nd on Porthmeor Beach. Mary will explain the process in both its historical context and its use as a contemporary process.

Friday 27th September
Kate Nicholson (1929-2019)
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
This talk discusses the creativity of the St Ives artist Kate Nicholson, daughter of Ben and Winifred Nicholson, who came to live in St Ives in 1955. Jovan Nicholson is a nephew of the artist and has recently written the first monograph about Kate Nicholson.

Friday 27th September
And You Thought Paris Was Beautiful
2 – 3pm, £4 , St Ives Library, Gabriel Street.
Author John Tagholm talks about the peculiar process of writing his new book, ‘The Value Of Nothing’.

Friday 27th September
Composite Shadows: Alice Mumford in Conversation with Dr Ian Massey
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
I went to the Tate to look at a Bonnard painting. Someone asked “What time of the day do you think it is in the painting?” We couldn’t decide. We looked at the shadows for clues. Bonnard makes composite shadows like a composite character in a book. These paintings are not made from one moment but from a whole day or time, from being in a place.
 Alice Mumford’s exhibition is at Belgrave Gallery, St Ives.