Porthmeor Celebration – Saturday 18th May

On Saturday the 18th of May from 1pm onwards, the Porthmeor Artists’ Residency Programme and the tenants of the Borlase Smart Trust John Wells Trust invite you into their historic corner of St Ives. Come and explore, probably the oldest working studios in the country, where a remarkable community of artists, fishermen and teachers has made its home for centuries. 

Short pose Life Drawing 1:30-5pm

St Ives School of Painting has occupied a space in the Porthmeor Studios for more than 80 years. We are celebrating by offering an experimental afternoon of short pose life drawing from 1:30pm – 5pm. Led by an experienced artist tutor and featuring a model from the Airfish aerial performance collective, these free sessions will involve dynamic short poses and will last 20 minutes each. Sessions start promptly, on the hour and half hour. There is no need to book, just turn up and have a go!

The event is delivered in partnership with Cultivator and supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

In Celebration of the Porthmeor Artists Residency Programme

Turner Prize winner and most recent Porthmeor Artist in Residence, Lubaina Himid, will be giving a ticketed talk at 2pm. Himid’s work centres around uncovering marginalised and silenced histories, figures and cultural moments. She is deeply committed to tackling the underrepresentation of women of colour in the art world.


Tickets for the studio talk are now sold out, click here to join the waiting list, or call 01726 879 500.


Elsewhere in Porthmeor, guest residents Steve Claydon and Daniel Sinsel along with long-term tenants Sam Bassett, Felicity Mara, Sax Impey, Clare Wardman and Iain Robertson will opening the doors to their working studios, offering a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into their creative process, with more artists to be announced.

Artist Felicity Mara in her Porthmeor Studio

Other free events include:

– The launch of a 3 x 1 month SWCTN Porthmeor Residencies for artists using technology and focusing on immersion.

– Kate Walters Shetland Notebooks book-signing in the foyer.

– Try VR and HoloLens experiences (including 3D painting) in the fishermen’s cellars.

– Mark Dion’s installation The Maritime Artist open in Cellar 4.



Image of Porthmeor Studios courtesy of Alban Roinard.

Images of Lubaina Himid and Felicity Mara courtesy of the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust.