Wednesday 18th

Approaching Painting (Workshop)
9.30am – 12.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
This workshop exposes the structural building blocks of a painting – an ideal foundation for beginners. Begin using sketching to record the landscape of St Ives, followed by tonal studies and an exploration of line and form using acrylic paint – a fun and versatile medium. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Love Drawing Landscape (Workshop)
9.30am – 12.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Use line drawing to create a rich and resonant connection between looking and creating, opening up new ways of seeing landscape. Experimental exercises take you into the rugged Cornish surroundings. Develop your work in the studio and discover the versatility of drawing, creating mood with tone and depth. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Introduction to Natural Pigments (Workshop)
9.30am -12.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
This is paint at its most elemental. Learn to process pure pigments and combine them with different binders. Earth pigments tell a unique story of place, history and geology. You’ll learn to make acrylic, oil and egg tempera paint, an insight into this extraordinary alchemy. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

A Walk with Water Colours (Workshop)
10am – Noon, £18, Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View.
Paint the beautiful local scenery in watercolours, with artist Nicola Higgins. No experience needed and all materials are provided, with plenty of handy tips and techniques.
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Old St Ives and the Artists who Came to Paint (Talk)
10am and 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.

Botanical Blocks (Workshop)
10am – 3pm, £35, Sloop Studio Courtyard, Back Lane.
Printer Erin Lacy from Pick Pretty Paints will guide you through the basics to block printing. Using lino carving techniques Erin will demonstrate how to take your botanical drawings from the morning and transform these into printing blocks. Tickets via Event Organiser. Including all materials to adorn and print a linen tea towel. To book e-mail

The Saffron Markets (Other events)
10am – 3pm, Free, The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
This market has artists, designers and crafts people from all over Cornwall. If you are looking for an original piece of art, a print, an artistic mug, artisan candles or just a cup of coffee and pasty, we have those and lots more. Tea and coffee, pasties and cakes from Jack Frost’s Cafe. Free entry, dogs welcome.

Open Studios (Open Studios)
10am – 5pm, Free, various locations, see individual Open Studios listings.
Many artists in the area will be opening their studios to the public throughout the Festival.

Demonstration of the Forging of Cutlasses (Talk)
10am – 4pm, Free, Pednolva Walk (Known locally as Lambeth Walk) Next to Portminster 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.

Dynamic Watercolours with Jane Betteridge (Workshop)
10.30am – 1pm, £12 (materials included), St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, Norway Square.
Paint a seascape exploring the unique properties of watercolour and take it to another level by adding some texture, making ingredients such as salt, inks, granulation fluid, texture pastes and cling film. Jane Betteridge is a qualified adult education tutor whose inspiration is drawn from the landscape of countryside and seaside.
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Porthmeor Light: the Art of Place (Talk)
10.30am – 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.
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Draw St Ives (Workshop)
10.30am – Noon, £7 (no booking required), Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View.
An outdoor drawing experience suitable for all abilities. We take you to lovely spots around St Ives, depending on the weather, including beach scenes, coastal path, townscapes, streets, gardens or harbour scenes. Included are drawing materials, with and tips and techniques on capturing what you see. Meet at Barnoon Workshop, and dress for the weather.

St Ives Fishing industry with John McWilliams (Walk)
11am, £5 (no booking required), meet outside St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
John McWilliams, an expert on Cornwall’s maritime history, will lead a tour of some of the sites associated with the vanished fishing industry, including the fishermen’s lodges, and ending at the historic fish cellars at Porthmeor.

The Story of St Ives with Dawn Bright (Walk)
11am, £7.50 (no booking required, children under 12 free), The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
Step back in time and discover how St Ives became what it is today. The tour will offer a wonderful foundation for any visit to St Ives and will cover our fishing history, our mining heritage, the artist colony, religion, smuggling, tourism, coastal walks, Cornish names and even pasties!

The Maritime Artist: Installation by American artist Mark Dion (Exhibition)
11am – 4pm, Free, Porthmeor Studio Cellars, Back Road West
To celebrate the renovation of the Grade II* Porthmeor Studios, the distinguished American artist Mark Dion was commissioned to produce an artwork reflecting the remarkable arts and fishing heritage of this building. Dion’s collection of artefacts evokes the long established connection between fisherman and artist.

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

A Tale of Mother’s Bones: the Surrealists Pailthorpe and Mednikoff (Talk)
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
This autumn Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange celebrates the work of a unique personal and artistic collaboration. Grace Pailthorpe, a surgeon, and Reuben Mednikoff, an artist, moved to Port Isaac in 1935 and began a project to bring together art, writing and psychoanalysis. Marcus Williamson will talk about their life and work, within the context of other surrealist artists in Cornwall. Supported by Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange.
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Landscape in Natural Pigments (Workshop)
1.30 – 4.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Use paint made from pure earth pigments to describe land and sea. The colour palette of natural pigments is earthier and more organic than standard paints. This pushes you to use depth and texture to describe landscape. This workshop presents the pure and unadulterated thrill of painting in its rawest form. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Spirit of Place (Workshop)
1.30 – 4.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West
This workshop is an exciting, practical approach to abstract landscape. Begin with a short walk to gather your observations of shape and line, capturing the energy of place. Inspired by Peter Lanyon’s radical landscape work, make gestural, calligraphic images using oil bars, inks and wax resists. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Batik with Jo McIntosh (Workshop)
2 – 5pm, £15 (materials provided), St Ives Library, Gabriel Street.
During this workshop you will learn a little about the history of and the different cultures of people who use this technique to decorate fabric. You will also learn how to apply molten wax as a resist and two ways of colouring the design.
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St Ives in 1939 – the Year of Change (Talk)
3.30 – 4.30pm, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Janet Axten, Heritage Manager of St Ives Archive, looks at local events during 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.
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Murder In The Pilchard Cellar by Jason Calder (Theatre)

5.30pm, also at 7.30pm. £9, Boathouse Theatre, Carnglaze Place.
Time is running out to solve a baffling puzzle or face a deadly forfeit in this comedy thriller full of red herrings. Directed by Robyn Calder with Nicole Tesseyman and Jason Calder in the cast. Limited space so please reserve seats in advance. For tickets call the theatre on 07985 261181

The 2 Buskerteers (Music)
6.30pm, £10 adv / £12 on the door, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
Multi-talented musician Wild Willy Barrett and cellist and song-writer Mary Holland explore new ideas, inspired by like-minded musicians and poets. Expect something out of the ordinary. Hint: there will be carpentry and egg-necking! This special performance will feature guitar, fiddle, banjo and balalaika, alongside Mary’s mellow cello, keyboards and percussion.
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WS Graham and Coast Poems (Poetry)
7pm, Free (donations to church bell fund), St Senara’s Church, Zennor.
The Grammarsow presents an evening of poetry celebrating WS Graham and the Cornish coast. Poet Stewart Sanderson joins from Glasgow. Mark Goodwin launches a smartphone app for new poetry dedicated to Cornwall’s coastline. Morvah poet Des Hannigan reads from new work ‘The Long Deep’.

Graphite and Company – A Play by Evelyn Holloway, Directed by Dhyano (Theatre)
8pm, £8 adv / £10 on the door, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
A multi-media play that will take the audience on a journey towards the source of creativity itself. A piece of contemporary theatre that explores places where words are taking shape and shapes are given names, while trying to make sense of how coincidences from the past are moulding our present.
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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (Music)
8pm (doors 7pm), £22 (unreserved seating), The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
The meteoric rise of Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys is quite astonishing. Playing their first ever show as a band in May 2016, in just two years they have risen from fringe stages and beer gardens to barnstorming headline sets at festivals all over the UK and Europe. “Amazing, thrilling music.” (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 & 4)
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Halcyon Quartet Recital (Music)
8pm, £10, St Ia Church, Market Place.
Described “future stars of British Chamber Music” (Eaton Square), the Halcyon Quartet formed in 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music. Previous accolades include the 2017 St Peter’s Prize and the RAM’s Arthur Bliss and Harold Craxton Prizes. Currently the 2018-19 Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel Ensemble-in-Residence (Holy Sepulchre London), they run a lunchtime recital series. Recent performances include the Royal Opera House, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and the Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts.
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Lantern Ghost Storywalk (Walk)
9pm, £7 (no booking required), Meet at Westcott’s Quay.
As an eerie darkness falls over the town, come with master storyteller, Shanty, as he lights his lantern, to hear captivating, gruesome and haunting stories of ghosts, smugglers, dark deeds and other spirits of the night! It will be a night that will haunt you for a very long time!

Blond E Lux (Music)
9pm, The Castle Inn.
Blondie covers.

Dirty Living Rhythm Band  (Music)
9pm, Union Inn.
Blues and rock, funky high energy music.

Open Mic Night hosted by Liam Jordan (Music)
9pm, The Queens Hotel, High Street.
Enjoy a mix of musical styles.

Crunchy Frogg (Music)
9pm, Golden Lion.
Blues, soul and rock.