Friday 20th

The Archaeology of West Penwith with Tony Farrell (Walk)
Tickets via Event Organiser. These are customised trips to visit the ancient monuments of West Penwith. The moors of West Penwith contain fine examples of megalithic chambered tombs (locally known as quoits), stone circles, entrance graves, cliff castles and prehistoric villages. By arrangement. Limited spaces available. Advance booking essential. 01736 793692/07881 674878

Watercolour Beachcomber (Workshop)
9.30am – 12.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Wander Porthmeor beach making annotated sketches of rock pool ecosystems and collecting beach fragments. In the studio, create compositions from your finds; a water bath can be used to create dimension and fluidity. Learn refined watercolour techniques and experiment with washes, resists and salt. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Introduction to Portraiture (Workshop)
9.30am – 12.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
This drawing workshop offers an introduction to the structure of the portrait, exposing the architecture of this challenging subject by teaching you essential measuring techniques. The emphasis is on process rather than producing a finished product, giving you confidence and control in your approach. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Film for Friday (Film)
10am – 5.20pm, last entry 5pm, Free with admission, Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach.
A different film throughout the day every Friday in September, celebrating aspects of the collections, temporary exhibitions and the art of St Ives.

Spot the Artist (Exhibition organised by St Ives Rotary Club)
10am – 4pm, Free, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West
Exhibition and ‘secret’ sale of large postcard artwork made by more than 300 mainly professional artists. £50 per painting. Proceeds are shared on a 50/50 basis between local arts organisations and Rotary charities and good causes. Sale on Sunday 22nd.

Demonstration of the Forging of Cutlasses
10am – 9pm, Free, Pednolva Walk (known locally as Lambeth Walk) Next to Porthminster Gallery.
Pednolva in the late 16th, early 17th century was a notorious area frequented by pirates, smugglers and ne’r-do-wells. TV bladesmith Rod Hughes and his crew will be wheeling a handcart on to the beach and forging cutlasses and trinkets for passers-by, culminating in a night forge.

Developing a Creative Sketchbook with Elaine Turnbull (Workshop)
10.30am – 1pm, £13.50 (including sketchbook), St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, Norway Square.
Banish the fear of the first blank page in your sketchbook! An informal approach, looking at Elaine’s sketchbooks as a starting point. Work with a variety of mixed media drawing and painting techniques to develop your visual language and create lively pages in your sketchbook.
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Zumba (Other events)
11.15am – 12.15pm, £8, St Ives Library, Gabriel Street.
A Dance Fitness total body workout to Latin and international music. Yola is a trained dancer who loves passing on her passion. Enjoy this fun fitness social and if you haven’t got the moves, you soon will have.
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Mayes Creative Presents: Sound, Film and Creative Technology (Exhibition)
Noon – 7pm, Free, Cohort Hostel, The Stennack
An exhibition sharing sound and visual outcomes from our 2019 Lizard Beacons communications heritage and astrophysics project. Workshop Noon-3pm: Friday – Interactive demonstration with Justin Wiggan.

Music & Poetry in the Square (Music, Poetry)
12.30 – 2pm, Free, Norway Square (elsewhere if wet)
Led by Bob Devereux.

Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960 (Talk)
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. She is joined by John Piper, Chair of the Penwith Society, who will talk about the Society’s history and examine the impact the St Ives rebels made at the time of the split from the St Ives Society of Artists. Supported by Penlee House Gallery & Museum.
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Ocean and Light (Workshop)
1.30 – 4.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Capture how light moves on the ocean using watercolour and inks. Work from the sweeping views of our studio and out on Porthmeor beach. Experiment with water-based media, using limited palettes and other atmospheric techniques to produce subtlety and drama in your paintings. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Tonal Portraiture (Workshop)
1.30 – 4.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
An opportunity to examine the tonal structure of portraiture in paint. Study how light affects the contours and shapes of the human face and how to describe this using tonal colour. In an ideal follow-up to the morning’s drawing course, create a resonant connection with your subject using the unmatched flexibility of acrylic paint. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

A Reading of 84 Charing Cross Road (Other events)
3pm (doors open 2.30pm), Free (donations), Western Hotel, Royal Square.
A collection of letters between Helene Hanff, Frank Doel and others. Donations invited for St Ives Community Orchard and St Ives Community Land Trust. Performed in memory of Rod Humphries.

Printmaking Demonstration by Trevor Price (Talk)
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.

Mayes Creative Presents: 400 Light Years (Performance & Talk)
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.

Into The Breach Written and Performed by Mark Carey (Theatre)
7.30pm, £11, Boathouse Theatre, Carnglaze Place.
George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life, so he decides to join The Village Drama Club. What happens then turns his life upside down. “Dads Army meets The Vicar of Dibley” London Metro Review. For tickets call the theatre on 07985 261181

Film Season: Amadeus (PG) (Film)
7.30pm (doors open 7pm), £6, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Director: Milos Forman, 1984. Starring Tom Hulce, F. M. Abraham and Elizabeth Berridge. This is an opulent tale about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart seen through the eyes of his disciplined rival Antonio Salieri.
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Dervish (Music)
8pm (doors 7pm), £22 (unreserved seating), The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, Dervish are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. Their live performances match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. “Dervish are simply brilliant … they carry Irish history with them.” (The Guardian)
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Helston Town Brass Band (Music)
8pm, £10, St Ia Church, Market Place.
Despite undertaking numerous engagements throughout the year, the band will forever be associated with the famous Flora Day, when its musicians lead dancers through the streets of Helston. The band has flourished under Musical Director, Kevin Johns, achieving invitations to two consecutive National Finals and promotion to the First Section.
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The Archons (Music)
9pm, The Castle Inn.
Rock, blues and Americana.

Edison Lighthouse (Music)
9pm, Union Inn.
Own compositions in style of 60s and 70s.

Sinpusher (Music)
9pm, Golden Lion.
Classic rock.

Dirty Alternative (Music)
9.30pm, The Queens Hotel, High Street.
High energy quartet, electro acoustic, mixed genres.