• Natural Pigments and Paint Making Techniques
  • Botanical Dyes for an Un-Sustainable Future
  • Film: Memories of Barbara, Ben and the St Ives Modernists
  • Michael Leach
  • Marty Gross
  • The 3 Buskerteers
  • Talk & Tour of Porthmeor Studios
  • Lobster pots & knots
  • Talk: Virginia Woolf’s St Ives, 1881-1895
  • Matthew Thomson Talk: Changing Lives with Food
  • Film: Pilchards: A Brief History of the Cornish Sardine
  • Wilkie Collins' Rambles in Victorian Cornwall
  • Talk: Follow the Yellow Brick Road
  • Grounding: A Talk by Ceramicist Jack Doherty
  • Talk & Tour: Porthmeor Studios Renovation
  • Talk & Book Launch: St Ives Allure
  • Talk: St Ives in 1938
  • Talk: Introducing the Bloomsbury Group
  • Film: Ghost Town
  • Embodied Space: Shallal Dance Theatre

Porthmeor Studios & Cellars

Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West

To book tickets for more than one Porthmeor Studios Event CLICK HERE

Saturday 8th September 10am-1pm £20
Natural Pigments and Paint Making Techniques
Learn the techniques of old master painters with Francesca Owen. Learn how to make paint by processing pure pigments and how to apply different binders. The pigments are local to the South West, Cornwall & Devon and each have a unique story to tell of their history, place and geology.

Saturday 8th September 2-5pm £20
Natural Pigments and Paint Making Techniques
See today 10am for details.

Sunday 9th September 10am-1pm £20
Botanical Dyes for an Un-Sustainable Future
The techniques of botanical dyes in textiles have a fascinating power to connect us back to the natural world. Francesca Owen will show you how to work directly and creatively with plants, understand and learn dyeing techniques and the future potential role of botanical dyes in creating a greener world.

Sunday 9th September 2-5pm £20
Botanical Dyes for an Un-Sustainable Future
See today 10am for details.

Monday 10th September 10.30-11.30am £5.50
Film: Memories of Barbara, Ben and the St Ives Modernists
In this fascinating new film, Sir Alan Bowness tells how he first came to St Ives, and his memories of the artists in the 1950s and 1960s: Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost & Roger Hilton.

The following event has been cancelled:
Monday 10th September 3.30-4.30pm £5.50
Talk: When glaciers talk back, can you hear it in Cornwall?
St Ives September Festival Artist in Residence, Zsuzsanna Ardó, will talk about how her High Arctic expedition experience inspires her work as an artist and curator, about glaciers ‘talking back’, land art installations, climate change, and the effects of coastal erosion in Cornwall.

Monday 10th September 7pm Pay what you want (no booking required)
By Word of Mouth with Shanty Baba
Adult performance storytelling. Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of storytelling. Shanty tells a fantastic range of engaging and captivating stories. From Greek myths, Indian epics, Celtic legends to the dark side of the Brothers Grimm and much much more. www.shantybaba.com

Monday 10th September 8.45pm Pay what you want (no booking required)
1001 Arabian Nights with Shanty Baba
Adult performance storytelling. A magical carpet ride of stories from one of the most enchanting collections of tales ever told, woven together with the origins of the stories themselves and Sir Richard Burton’s famous translation. With film, animation and adult content. www.shantybaba.com

Tuesday 11th September 10.30-11.30am £5.50
Michael Leach: A Talk by Frank Campbell & Friends
Michael Leach, Bernard Leach’s second son, established two potteries in Africa, worked at the Leach Pottery, then established Yelland Pottery, Devon, in 1956. American Frank Campbell, who trained with Michael, will talk about Yelland Pottery and Michael Leach with other potters who share their insights.

Tuesday 11th September 3.30-4.30pm £5.50
Bernard Leach & Mingei (Folk Craft) with Filmmaker Marty Gross
For over 40 years, Canadian filmmaker Marty Gross has collected and restored films documenting crafts and the origins of Mingei, from its beginnings with Bernard Leach and seminal figures like Shoji Hamada. With a focus on Bernard Leach and the Leach Pottery, Marty will show films recently made from never-before-seen footage.

Tuesday 11th September 6.30pm (doors 6pm) £10 in advance, £12 on the door
The 3 Buskerteers
The 3 Buskerteers are back in town! Don’t miss this chance to see innovative, exciting and multi-talented musician Wild Willy Barrett in this wonderfully intimate venue. This is a special one-off performance with cellist and song-writer Mary Holland and well respected singer-songwriter Martyn Barker – expect something out of the ordinary!

Wednesday 12th September 10.30am-noon £5.50
Talk & Tour: How Porthmeor Studios tells the story of St Ives
Nick Cahill, Historic Buildings Consultant, has been 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.

Wednesday 12th September (CELLAR 4) 11am-3.30pm FREE
Lobster pots and knots
David Harrison will demonstrate the traditional art of making willow lobster pots, and Rob McLeod, ex Trinity House Coxswain, will show his collection of seaman’s tools and knots.

Wednesday 12th September 3.30-4.30pm £5.50
Talk: Virginia Woolf’s St Ives, 1881-1895
In 1881 Lesley Stephen bought the lease of Talland House. Every summer until 1895 he brought his family down to St Ives, providing his daughter Virginia with some of her happiest memories. Janet Axten, Heritage Manager of the St Ives Archive, provides an opportunity to see what the town actually looked like during those years.

Friday 14th September 10am-4pm FREE
Spot the Artist
(Exhibition of paintings organised by St Ives Rotary Club) Exhibition and ‘secret’ sale of large postcard artwork made by more than 300 mainly professional artists. £50 per painting. Proceeds shared between local arts organisations and good causes, and Rotary charities. You may have to queue to buy the artwork of your choice. Sale on Sunday 16th.

Saturday 15th September 10am-4pm FREE
Spot the Artist
(Exhibition of paintings organised by St Ives Rotary Club) See Friday 14th 10am for details.

Sunday 16th September 9am-2pm
Spot the Artist
(Sale of paintings organised by St Ives Rotary Club) Exhibition and ‘secret’ sale of large postcard artwork made by more than 300 mainly professional artists. £50 per painting. Proceeds shared between local arts organisations and good causes, and Rotary charities. You may have to queue to buy the artwork of your choice. Contact details: Mike Clough clough100@yahoo.co.uk Phone 01736 795133.

Monday 17th September 10.30am-noon £5.50
Changing Lives with Food
Matthew Thomson talks about the work of the Cornwall Food Foundation and explains how culinary arts and crafts transform troubled young people into highly sought chef talent at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. Nibbles will be served after the talk by Fifteen’s apprentices.

Monday 17th September 3.30-4.30pm £5.50
Film: Pilchards: A Brief History of the Cornish Sardine
This beautiful award winning documentary by British director Ray Bird tells the story of the pilchard fishing industry in Cornwall and the part it played in St Ives cultural heritage, charting the glory days of its success and later decline, to its resurgence today.

Monday 17th September 7pm Pay what you want (no booking required)
By Word of Mouth with Shanty Baba
See Monday 10th, 7pm for details.

Monday 17th September 8.45pm Pay what you want (no booking required)
1001 Arabian Nights with Shanty Baba
See Monday 10th, 8.45pm for details.

Tuesday 18th September 10.30-11.30am £5.50
Wilkie Collins’ Rambles in Victorian Cornwall
Before ‘The Woman in White’, Wilkie Collins toured the untrodden ground of Cornwall to produce his book, ‘Rambles Beyond Railways’, published in 1851. The result is an extraordinary insight into the lives of Cornish people, who worked on the land, underground and on the sea. A multi-media talk by WCS Member Jak Stringer.

Tuesday 18th September 3.30-4.30pm £5.50
Talk: Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Story of Empowerment
To ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ means ‘taking inspired action believing that it will lead to good things’. This unique presentation by Janine Joseph traces her journey ‘back home’ from the eating disorder anorexia. Exploring the metaphysical meaning of colours alongside iconic snippets from the Wizard of Oz, this presentation is engaging, informative and enormously entertaining.

Tuesday 18th September 6pm £5.50
Grounding: A Talk by Ceramicist Jack Doherty
Internationally recognised ceramicist Jack Doherty makes soda-fired porcelain vessels that combine fine art with functionality. Jack will be discussing the ideas behind his current exhibition ‘Grounding’ at New Craftsman Gallery, and tracing the journey his individual practice has taken over the last decade, from 2008 to 2018.

Wednesday 19th September 10.30am-noon £5.50
Talk & Tour: Porthmeor Studios Renovation
MJ Long was the lead architect responsible for designing the modifications and restoration of Porthmeor Studios, and during her eight year’s close connection with the building, she became fascinated with its history. During this talk and guided tour, MJ Long will discuss some of the special features of this exciting and award-winning project.

Wednesday 19th September (CELLAR 4) 11am-3.30pm FREE
Lobster pots and knots
See Wednesday 14th, 11am for details.

Wednesday 19th September 3.30-4.30pm £5.50
Talk & Book Launch: St Ives Allure – Engagements With Art & Place In West Cornwall
A personal exploration by David Whittaker of some of the many characters lured to the Land’s End peninsula, including artists Bryan Wynter, Tony O’Malley, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Breon O’Casey, Marlow Moss and John Tunnard, as well as the extraordinary story of Rowena Cade and the Minack Theatre, and an account of the caring art of Roger Slack, GP to St Ives for four decades.

Thursday 20th September 10.30-11.30am £5.50
Talk: St Ives in 1938
To coincide with the 80th anniversary of the opening of the St Ives School of Painting at the Porthmeor Studios, in May 1938, Janet Axten, Heritage Manager of St Ives Archive, gives an illustrated talk showing what it was like to live in the town during the year before the start of World War Two.

Thursday 20th September 3.30-4.30pm £5.50
Talk: Introducing the Bloomsbury Group
The Bloomsbury Group were avant-garde, controversial and influential, and included painters, art critics, writers and economists. At its heart were two sisters: Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and in this talk by Sarah Latham Phillips, she also introduces Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, E M Forster, Maynard Keynes , Adrian Stephen and David Garnett.

Friday 21st September 10.30-11.30am £5.50
Film: Ghost Town
‘Ghost Town’ explores the issues facing St.Ives and many coastal communities. Why is the centre empty of residents and what should new developments look like? St.Ives made world headlines when it attempted to address these issues in 2016. This film by Senara Wilson Hodges is about more than politics – it is a celebration of the power of community and the beauty of St.Ives.

Friday 21st September 3.30-430pm £5.50
Embodied Space
Shallal Dance Theatre has been described as ‘one of Cornwall’s great hidden treasures.’ Embodied Space takes an experimental approach to performance and dance; improvised in the moment in relationship to the surroundings. Live music, poetry, song, fun, emotion and risk are all in the mix.