Donate to St Ives School of Painting


Supporting the St Ives School of Painting

Every gift, however large or small, will make a difference to us

By coming on our courses you are already supporting us. It’s students like you that ensure the School continues to thrive.  If you would like to do even more there are lots of ways you can make a difference. Fancy a shopping trip on Amazon? We have a Wish list where you could choose a lovely book to add to our student library. Or perhaps you would like to make a donation towards our Youth Programme. Finally thinking about the School in your will means your support for the School will make a difference for decades to come.


Go Shopping! Help us build our library

We have put together a wish list from students and tutors on Amazon. If you would like to help us build up our library we have added some exciting titles here that would be useful for all our students for years to come.




You can help us reach our target!

We have an ambitious aim to raise £3000 over the next three months so we can launch our new youth project ‘Porthmeor Young Artists’


The St Ives School of Painting is a charity and an internationally renowned centre for visual arts practice. It has been helping artists and those interested in creative expression for 75 years. If you are already a supporter of the School, enjoying its courses and workshops over the years, you can play an important future role in the School by donating a gift.

This year the donation will support a new approach to working with young people at the art school. Director Alison Sharkey explained, “It’s about joining up what we do so local young people with a passion for art can start a long term journey with us. It could take them to art school, a career in the arts and cultural sector but just as importantly give them creative confidence that will last a life time.” The project gives vital space and resources to local young people with the spirit and drive to make art with regular workshops in the inspirational Porthmeor Studios and other making spaces like Leach Pottery.

Many children’s artistic talents and passions may remain undiscovered and unexplored without your help.


£25 will pay for all the materials for a young person to enjoy five after school workshops with us

£40 will pay for a young person to receive their Gold Arts Award with us

£80 will help ensure one young person can enjoy making work over eight creative sessions at Porthmeor Studios and Leach Pottery

£150 will enable a group of eight young people to work with an artist after school in Porthmeor Studios

£500 will sponsor one young person age 14-25 to join our Porthmeor Young Artists programme for one year. It will cover all their materials and tuition.

donate to support St Ives School of Painting

Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Every gift, however large or small, will make a difference to us and leaving a bequest is one of the most powerful and effective ways of ensuring that the School continues to thrive for future generations.

In 2013 a bequest from Alison Holt from Norfolk enabled the School to purchase new blinds for its large studio skylights, while other bequests have been used to provide furniture and equipment as well as support young artists.

How to Leave a Gift

It’s easy to leave a gift in your will to St Ives School of Painting. Just make sure you include the following details:

Charity name: St Ives Art School trading as St Ives School of Painting

Registered Address: St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NG.

Registered charity no 1146825


We would love to know if you plan to leave us a bequest as we would like to thank you. If you would like to talk to us about either making a bequest or supporting something specific please email Jane Cowans at or call 01736 797180.


Leaving a gift legacy St Ives School of Painting