1938 – 2018  CELEBRATING OUR 80TH 

For our 80th birthday we are gathering together your experiences of coming to St Ives School of Painting. We would love to go as far back in time as possible. If you know someone who went to the School and we may have lost touch with them do let them know about our archive project.

To take part either email us info@schoolofpainting.co.uk   or ask us to send you a special MEMORY CAPTURE CARD  and post back no stamp is needed. We will be sharing a selection on our Facebook page as well as displaying them as part of our pop up archive in this year’s September Festival (see below). They will then become part of St Ives Archive, a permanent resource for the town, documenting its history, culture and stories.


80 yrs celebrations



8 – 22 SEPT

Drop into our pop up archive and workshop space in our new studio at Penwith Gallery and delve into a fascinating history of the St Ives School of Painting and the town of St Ives over the past 80 years. You can work with our two resident artists to help us create an animation of this timeline. Or just spend some time delving into the research that captures the life of St Ives in 1938. This was the year the School was founded and the moment just before the world was about to change for ever with the outbreak of war. You can contribute your own memories of St Ives to our time line. Bring along cinema tickets, images, diary entries, anything that can help animate the past 80 years. No need to book just come along and be part of our pop up archive.

Special thanks to our funders who are supporting our Animated Archive during the  September Festival – Lttle Parc Owles Trust and Cornwall Heritage Trust.

Talk: St Ives in 1938 – People, Buildings, Events and the Opening of The St Ives School of Painting



10.30am-11.30am £5.50

To coincide with the 80th anniversary of the opening of the St Ives School of Painting in 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 in the year before the start of World War Two.

How to Book Tickets

Buying Tickets Online.

Tickets can be booked online through the Cornish Riviera Booking Office website.

Buying Tickets in person.

Tickets can be bought at the Visit St Ives Information Centre, The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS Tel: 01736 796297 Opening hours: 10am – 5pm daily.

Also: at Tourist Offices in Penzance, Falmouth, St Mawes, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Padstow, Looe, Liskeard and Launceston.

Plus: The Heartlands Pool Redruth, Portscatho Post Office and ‘Bookends’ Fowey.

Buying Tickets on the door.

Tickets can be bought on the door, if they are available.