St Ives Porthmeor Studios
The St Ives Porthmeor Studios date back to the early 1800s. It was at one time the centre of the pilchard industry.
The artist community started to arrive in the 1880s, creating studios above the fishermen’s cellars. Porthmeor has since then provided workspace for several internationally important artists, including Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron.
The building still provides today a workspace for the fishermen, artists and the St Ives School of Painting.
The Studios have recently been Grade II listed, and require major renovation works.This video is Part 1 of 2 that the importance to the artist community in St Ives and its historical heritage. Part 2 of the Porthmeor Studios renovations can be seen here.
The curator of the tate at St Ives discusses the importance and artistic heritage of Porthmeor studios and the work that has been done their over the years.
For more information on the renovation plans, funds needed visit the Porthmeor Studios Renovation