Through Arts Award, children and young people aged 7-25 can explore any art form. At the St Ives School of Painting we specialise in learning and development around the visual arts. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment.

Porthmeor Young Artists Project

This 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. The local secondary school, St Ives School, has worked closely with us to develop the project.


Fundraising for the project starts now to enable the first group of young artists in autumn 2016 to get started.  A target of £3,000 has been set to raise funds from the public. This will add to the £15,000 of contributions from trusts and foundations that we are seeking. You can help sponsor a young artist yourself or take part in the Rotary postcard sale this September. Funds from the sale help towards our future youth work as well as supporting other arts organisations and local charities. Visit our support-us page find out more.


Arts Awards for Visiting Schools

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. As a registered Arts Award Centre, The St Ives School of Painting has a number of  artist tutors qualified to deliver Gold, Silver and Bronze Award. As well as local students working on projects we are able to support visiting young people on school visits from across the UK to achieve parts of an award they are already working on. This can be through working directly with one of our artist tutors including arranging visits to artist studios working in Porthmeor Studios.

To find out how we can help you achieve an Arts Awards qualification with us contact or ring 01736 797180. More information on Arts Awards can be found on the national website,


Arts Award

Arts Award Supporters


RIO are currently funding ten local young people to complete their Gold Art Award. The funding allows the group to attend a weekly after school club at Porthmeor Studios.

Real Ideas Organisation

The Artist Mark Map Project Supporters

Our Gold Art Awards group is also working on a project to design a creative heritage pack for families and young people visiting the town. This is a collaborative project with St Ives Archive. This is due to be launched in June 2014. The project has been generously funded by the following organisations.

Cornwall Council Museum Grant

Tanner Trust

Cornwall Heritage Trust

Feast funding

WBG Trust logo

Rotary St Ives