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.


Are you open minded, motivated and excited about making work? Then joining our one year programme 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 learn with a supportive group of peers. Set in a nurturing and safe space, 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 over 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. We believe that developing a strong practice is where you start. The focus is not on the secrets of getting gallery representation or making a living as artist. It is about helping you become the artist you want to be. This is the first most critical and exciting step and we believe this is what we can help you with.

  Following an intensive three day study weekend, 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 a mix of long (to include a Friday) and short weekends to allow people to travel and will  culminate in a group exhibition.

The fee of £2,550 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?

  • We have kept numbers small. Only 8 and 10 students. The small group size means 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 group exhibition where you will show a piece of work alongside the other students on the programme.


  • 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!


“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”   Jill 

How To Apply


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.

We want to make sure the programme is going to be a good fit for your current needs. Participants will be selected based on their desire to develop, their ability to commit to making work between sessions and the impact on their practice from joining the programme now. The selection panel will also consider the mix of the group in terms of approaches and experience.


Please send us up to five images of your work and no more than five hundred words explaining why you will benefit from joining the programme now, your ability to commit to making between sessions and what you would hope to gain.

If you are short listed by the selection panel, we will then be in touch to have a chat via telephone or skype, 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

News From Past Students


Artist Lynette kay who participated in the Porthmeor Programme 2016/17 was invited to take part in the Pink Floyd Exhibition in 2017 at the V&A.

Lynette explores painting through her synaesthesia, where even a single bar of music can fuel hours’ worth of colour and shape. The audience are invited to watch and discuss her work as she paints, listening to the sounds of Pink Floyd.

Artists Statement

In 2016/17 I participated in the Porthmeor Programme at the Painting School, St Ives. This course offered many new opportunities, enabling me to bring clarity and increased confidence to my work. I also discovered that the solitary existence of being beside the sea seems to mimic being in the studio with my music.

The nature of how music surrounds and enfolds me is what drives my approach to painting. Total immersion and the meditative rhythm of mark making happens when I respond to music. This way of working stems from my Synaesthesia, where even a single bar of music can fuel hours’ worth of colour and shape, using organic forms and un-primed, uneven canvas pieces. Familiar but unexplained motifs appear again and again.






Group 1

20 – 22 April

19 – 20 May

22 – 24 June

7 –  9 September

6 – 7  October

10 – 11 November

15 – 16 December

25 – 27 January

7-9 March Exhibition hang and debrief

8 March Exhibition opening

8-23 March: Exhibition at Penwith Gallery, St Ives

Date of deinstall of exhibition TBC. It will either be 23 or 25 March and will be confirmed at the start of the programme.



Group 2

4 –   6 May

9 – 10 June

6 –   8 July

28 – 30 September

27 – 28 October

24 – 25 November

12 – 13 Jan 2019

08 – 10 Feb 2019

7-9 March Exhibition hang and debrief

8 March Exhibition opening

8-23 March: Exhibition at Penwith Gallery, St Ives

Date of deinstall of exhibition TBC. It will either be 23 or 25 March and will be confirmed at the start of the programme.


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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