Porthmeor Programme 2018

A year long study programme over 9 months with a Summer break culminating in a final celebratory exhibition.


We start in April with an intensive 3 days study followed by 8 tutored weekends (alternating 2 or 3 days)  working with carefully selected artists and 1-1 tutorials with your lead tutor throughout.


An open evening will be held on 7th Oct 5.30 – 6.30 which is an opportunity to meet the tutors and some of the current students.


Are you open minded, motivated and excited about making work? Then joining one of our one year programmes could be just what you need. Our Porthmeor Programme, now in its third year, is ideal for those looking for a longer-term structure to learning and a supportive group of peers.They are rooted in our ideals of creating a nurturing and safe space so you can take risks and gain the confidence you need to move your work to the next level. An artist tutor will be with you all the way, so they get to know you and your work.

Workshops run on weekends so students can travel from across the UK to join us. They always  have a practical making element. These can range from skills and technique development to exercises exploring ideas and motivations. Their primary purpose is to encourage risk taking and expansion of your personal practice. In addition there are one to one tutorials and group discussions. Carefully selected visiting artists will join the lead tutor. The programme will close with a celebratory group exhibition.

We cater for a range of students from early stage artists to those with more experience looking to challenge and stimulate their practice.

“I feel I am more confident in my ideas and approaching work in a freer more experimental way. I’m more able to push through when the going gets tough. I spend less time worrying and more time painting. 

This programme is a real tonic for artists, the playful approach and the serious are well balanced. It’s great to have surprises and learn something new. I have felt nurtured and challenged throughout” 


Following an intensive three day study week, a rich and varied programme of 8 weekend tutorials and practical creative workshops will be provided around every four weeks with a break in July and August.

These sessions will be delivered alternately Friday,  Saturday, Sunday and Saturday,  Sunday to allow people to travel and will culminate in a group exhibition.

The fee  includes tuition, your materials during the workshops, a final exhibition and access to free life-drawing classes throughout the programme.

What makes the Porthmeor Programme different to other long courses I could do?

  • We have kept numbers small. Only 8 and 10 students. This follows feedback from this year’s group. A smaller group will mean tutors spend more time with each student.


  • We design the programme to combine learning new skills, finding your own voice with group and one to one feedback. It’s this balance that makes it work so well.


  • A number of guest artist slots are flexible so we can respond to the needs of the group and bespoke the programme each year.


  • The programme will include a final exhibition.
  • It includes 9 weekends (4 of which are long 3 day weekends)  working each time with your lead tutor and a guest artist. NB One of these weekends is planning,  installing and debriefing the exhibition.
  • Over the summer period the lead artist will have a telephone or Skype tutorial with you.


  • Between teaching weekends you can take advantage of our weekly life drawing sessions for free.


  • Materials are included on all the weekend workshops.


  • And of course we have a view from our studio that has inspired artists for centuries!

How To Apply

We want to make sure the programme is going to be a good fit for your current needs. So we ask interested students  to give us some information to help us with this.

Two groups will run concurrently: Liz Hough will lead a group of 8 and Kerry Harding a group of 10. Both artists have led our previous year long development programme and have a wealth of experience in teaching and their own artist practice.

Participants will be selected based on their desire to develop and on how much they will benefit from joining the programme at this time.The selection panel will also consider the mix of the group in terms of approaches and experience and determine which artist students would be best suited to.


Applications close 30 November 2017

Please send in up to five images of your work and no more than five hundred words why you will benefit from joining the programme. We will then be in touch to have a chat about the programme with you so we can get a better feel for how it might work for you.
For more information please contact us on 01736 797180 or info@schoolofpainting.co.uk.

Please email to info@schoolofpainting.co.uk   subject: Porthmeor Programme

St.Ives School of Painting 12 August 2015



St Ives School of Painting have a bursary scheme available for Porthmeor Programme 2018. The bursaries are worth £1,000 each. We can also offer financial help towards travel and accommodation. The purpose of the bursary is to offer support to those who otherwise would not be able to afford to join the programme and help fledgling artists to  keep developing and learning in a supportive and stimulating space.


Applicants must be based permanently in Cornwall and you must demonstrate a financial need. A panel will award the bursary places based on demonstrated financial need and potential for individual development. The panel will be Alison Sharkey Director of St Ives School of Painting, artist Kerry Harding and artist Naomi Frears.

To apply for  Bursaries

Please submit applications by 30 Nov 2017

include up to five images

 a statement about your practice and where you want to go next

an explanation of why financially the bursary would be critical

any evidence you might want to submit about financial need.

two references we can contact

We may ask you to come and visit the studio and meet us.

The programme starts April 2018.

Dates – TBC starts April 2018

Our Lead Tutors



Kerry’s paintings are her own particular view of nature with paint remaining the hero.  By years of exploring more experimental uses of this medium Kerry has a distinctive vocabulary of marks and surfaces that successfully interpret the textures and atmospheres of the Cornish landscape.

An experienced painter and skilled tutor, Kerry studied fine art at The Ruskin School, Oxford University in 1991 followed by an MA in fine art at Falmouth and has been teaching at St Ives School of Painting since early 2014.

Kerry has exhibited extensively with her most recent show at the Hilton Fine Art Gallery in Bath.

See more images at kerryharding.co.uk


Taking inspiration from Cornwall’s rugged environment, Liz’s work is based on the landscape personal to her. Working directly outside and translating drawings, prints and memories into mixed media paintings back in her St Ives studio.

Liz studied painting at the Royal Academy Schools and has been awarded prizes at the RA for her compositional studies in landscape, and winning the Daler-Rowney Prize at the prestigious RA Summer Exhibition.

Whilst living in Italy she studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Perugia, and received a commission from St Michael’s Chapel, Cordigliano.

Represented by Oliver Contemporary in London, Liz specialises in landscape based mixed media paintings and prints working in the Modern British Tradition.

 Travelling and Staying

.Looking for accommodation? Do browse our website  St Ives Accommodation  but if you are on a tight budget you might like to consider the Cohort Hostel.

Cool, contemporary hostel accommodation in the centre of St Ives. Beds from £20/night (room only). WiFi, Courtyard, Bar, Lounge, TV Room, Fully equipped kitchen, Secure dorms and private rooms. Tel: 01736 791664

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