Studio Envy - Porthmeor Studios, St Ives
I first visited St Ives in the mid nineties and immediately fell in love with the town along with every other remotely arty person on the planet. There's a lot to love, where else would you find sandy beaches, quirky shops, great restaurants and above all, an abundance of galleries including, of course The Tate and many other, much visited favourites of mine, such as The Penwith Gallery, Millennium Gallery, and The Wills Lane Gallery,
Porthmeor Studios from the beach - Photograph by Graham Gaunt
Porthmeor studios are situated overlooking the beautiful sandy Porthmeor beach. They have a fragile beauty and stand in stark contrast to the modern white structure of the Tate just a little further up the beach. The Studios have been beaten and battered by the salty winds from the Atlantic Ocean for more than 150 years although they were used as lofts for the Pilchard fishing industry that dominated St Ives in their early years.
The St Ives School of Painting opened in 1938 by two Officers, Borlase Smart and Leornard Fuller who had made a wartime pledge that one day, if they survived , that they would live and paint in St Ives.
Since then Porthmeor Studios have seen many illustrious painters and sculptors take up residence. Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, Peter Lanyon, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns Graham and Patrick Heron have all worked there over the years.
A course at The St Ives School of Painting
Wilhelmina Barns Graham 1947
Let us hope that Porthmeor Studios continue to be a workplace for artists and fishermen for many years to come.
Naomi Frears at Porthmeor
St Ives Porthmeor studios Open Day
Lucy Bray St Ives Artist Painting in Porthmeor Studios
Sandra Blow's Studio
John Emanuel at Porthmeor