Wednesday 25th

Introduction to Acrylics (Workshop)
9.30am – 12.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
This studio-based workshop offers an accessible approach to a diverse and lively medium that moves at your pace. A simple and dynamic introduction to acrylic paint, it offers insight into colour theory and mark-making techniques using a variety of tools. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

The Sensory Coast (Workshop)
9.30am – 12.30pm, Tickets £35 (materials included), Penwith Studio. Meet at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives School of Painting.
Take a step beyond the visual, exploring St Ives’ coastal environment using all five of your senses. Expand your creative vocabulary with drawing and painting exercises that use instinct and gesture to capture the coastal landscape. Make mixed media pieces that connect powerfully with the elements. To book call 01736 797180 or visit

Wild Botanical Drawing (Workshop)
10am – 4pm, £35, Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View.
Tutor Zoe Eaton will introduce the traditional art of botanical drawing, with emphasis on developing your own artistic style. We start by capturing plants as they grow in their natural habitat around stunning scenery. Then develop your drawings with watercolours, to create finished works back at the studio.
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Dance Workshop (Workshop)
10am – 12noon, £8 (workshop only) £15 (workshop and Knot performance on Tues 24th at The Guildhall), The Island Centre.
The workshop provides a sampling of acrobatic techniques, including handstands, floor acrobatics, partner balances and group lifts and climbs. There will be a focus on balances, lifts and ‘tricks’ that can be used to develop skills and ideas for group-led acrobatic sequences. Please let us know when booking if there are particular acrobatic movements you are keen to learn and we will do our best to incorporate these within the workshop. Supported by Carn to Cove. For more information: 01209 312500 or
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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. Whether 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.

Painting Outside with Earth Pigments (Workshop)
10am – 4pm, £60 (all materials included), St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, Norway Square.
Immerse yourself in a day of painting with natural pigments. We will paint outside and use the Arts Society to make paint, processing pure pigments and how to apply different binders. The pigments have a unique story to tell and painting relates to and deepens our connection to the environment.
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Environments: An Exhibition of works by Tate St Ives staff (Exhibition)
10am – 5.20pm (last entry at 5pm), Free, Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, Foyle Studio.
The first exhibition of artwork by Tate St Ives staff, showcasing the hidden talent and creativity of the many artists within the team. Bringing together a variety of work, including sculpture, jewellery, photography, painting, performance, film and more. For a preview, visit our instagram page @theproperjob

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.

Draw St Ives (Workshop)
10.30am – Noon, £7 (no booking required), Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View.
An outdoor drawing experiences 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.

Environs of St Ives walk with Tony Farrell (Walk)
10.30am, £8 (no booking required), The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
This walk explores the landscape around the outskirts of St Ives, visiting Knill’s monument and examining evidence of Medieval open cast mining in Tregenna Woods. The walk includes part of the Pilgrim’s Way and a visit to the old mining village of Halsetown. 3 hours.

How Porthmeor Studios tells the story of St Ives (Talk)
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.
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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!

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

No Holds Barred: Matthew Lanyon 1951-2016 (Film)
1 – 2.15pm, £5.50, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Documentary film maker Barbara Santi and Judith Lanyon are making a film about the life and art of the late Matthew Lanyon, second son of Peter Lanyon. View sequences and take part in a discussion highlighting unprecedented access to the artist’s original archive material and interviews with friends, family, critics and collaborators.
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Approaching Painting (Workshop)
1.30 – 4.30pm, 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

Wild Weaving (Workshop)
2 – 5pm, £15 (materials provided), St Ives Library, Gabriel Street.
During this workshop you will learn how to make a loom from card or a wooden frame and some basic weaving techniques to enable you to create a woven picture as well as learning about the different materials which can be used for weaving.
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One-to-one creative mentoring taster sessions with artist and psychologist Dr Ria Poole, St Ives Harbour (exact location provided upon booking). £36 for 45 mins. Afternoon sessions available: 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:15. These are bespoke mentoring for adults who are keen to develop their artistic practice. Whether you are new to painting, feeling stuck creatively, or more experienced and requiring a fresh perspective, I offer practical guidance and support to enable you to take your practice to where you want it to be. Please message Ria directly or use the contact form to book:

Poetry Reading of Local Poet the Late Willie James (Poetry)
2.30pm, Free, Bible Christian Methodist Chapel, Back Road West.
Willie James was a local St Ives man who loved writing poetry about the people and places in his home town. Come to this unique occasion and hear Willie’s poems read by his daughter.

Friends and Foes of Bloomsbury (Talk)
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.
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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

Ordinary/Extraordinary (Talk)
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.
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ARKangel’s Lullaby of Andalusia (Music)
7:30pm £9, St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, Norway Square.
Arid Isolated Passionate Proud. Encounter the strange and sensual world of Andalusia … Love, Death, the Orient, Habanera, Tango. Violin/Guitar/Voice. Premièred at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as the scene setter for Paco Peña’s ‘Requiem Flamenco’. ‘Power and Passion’.
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Graphite and Company – A Play by Evelyn Holloway, Directed by Dhyano (Theatre)
8pm, £8 (in advance), £10 (on door), St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
A multi-media play that will take the audience onto 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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Katie Kirk & Rick Williams (Music)
8pm (doors 7pm), £12 (unreserved seating), The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
Katie Kirk and Rick Williams, based in West Cornwall, combine a love of early music with an ear for timeless quality behind contemporary songs. They recapture the feel of folk clubs of old. Paring their narratives of life, loss and landscape back to the essentials, Rick and Katie’s performances have compelling warmth and authenticity. Seating will be arranged ‘in the round’, to create an intimate performance space. “Pure love of music shines through in Rick’s delicate, understated guitar accompaniments. And Kate’s singing is bewitching.” (Geoff Lakeman)
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Bach ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ Book 1  – Peter Luing – Piano (Music)
8pm, £10, St Ia Church, Market Place.
Peter is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music who has spent his career teaching in West Cornwall schools but now he can devote his time to other interests and he has spent the last three years studying this work. There is a complementary booklet describing all 48 pieces.
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Matt Carter Stevie Wonder Project (Music)
8pm (doors 7pm), £15.50 non-members, £12 members, Western Hotel, Royal Square.
For anyone who loves the music of Stevie Wonder this gig is a must. Some of the finest young musicians in the country come together for an evening of high energy, soulful and uplifting music. Phoebe Jane – Vocals, Matt Carter – Piano/Keyboards, Steve Down – Guitar, Seth Tackaberry – Electric Bass, Miguel Andrews – Drums.
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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 tell you 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!

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

Dowling Thing (Music)
9pm, The Castle Inn.
Bluegrass, country, rockabilly, swing, folk, blues and more.

Bailey Tomkinson (Music)
9pm, Golden Lion.
Country singer/songwriter