St Ives Art

16th February 2017

West Cornwall’s rugged landscapes cradled by stunning coastlands create a stirring canvas. Providing a wealth of natural light reflected from the surrounding Atlantic unhindered by city skylines or streetlights means that the world presents itself in an altogether organic, uninhibited way.

Artists, musicians, writers and poets have long found haven amongst the sublime southwest, particularly the wild realms of the far west where the magnetism of nature is as awe-inspired as it is omnipresent.

A cultural hub for artists of all genres, St Ives is famed for its long and distinguished list of creatives, including Barbara Hepworth, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Naum Gabo, Bernard Leach and Alfred Wallis, to name a few.

Exploring art in St Ives is easy. Housing galleries and museums aplenty, its rich and diverse art scene is presented in a myriad of forms at every cobbled turn.

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardens is an absolute must-see, giving a wonderful insight and striking showcase of one of Britain’s most prolific twentieth century sculptors.

No visit to St Ives is complete without absorbing the artworks contained within the sculpted master structure that is, Tate St Ives. Expect an eclectic mix of modern and classic exhibitions, while a schedule of talks, presentations, tours, workshops and activities accommodate everyone from budding and professional artists to families and children.

Hands in Art makes for an especially fun day out, giving under 5s the chance to get messy and creative under the Tate’s coveted roof. Meanwhile, adults can dabble or develop their skills with St Ives School of Painting’s drop in courses and art workshops that introduce everything from portraiture painting to printmaking and life drawing.

St Ives September Festival celebrates the town’s artistic heritage and contemporary scene with a packed itinerary of events encompassing music, literature and art. A host of workshops, classes, exhibitions and open studios presents a multitude of ways to engage with art in St Ives, with entertainment through film, theatre, comedy and live music completing the two-week cultural extravaganza.

Book your holiday in Barbara Hepworth’s former house and one of Carbis Bay Holiday’s most prized properties, Chy-an-Kerris or opt for former St Ives School of Artists haunt, Tremorna for the rare chance to experience your own artist’s residence.

By: Jessica Colliver On:16th February 2017
Categories:Holiday Ideas,Local Area

With the beautiful seaside town of St Ives on your doorstep, why not leave your car at your home from home for the day, or even the week? With a plethora of activities and pursuits within easy reach, you can do your bit for the environment and for your back pocket.

Here are five of our top tips for things to do in and around St Ives:

Family Fun

Pack up a picnic or order a scrumptious hamper from The Allotment Deli in St Ives and head down to the beach. Take inspiration from what you can find on our stunning Cornish beaches and have a sand sculpture competition, loser buys the ice creams!

Explorers

Take the 300 ‘Cornwall Explorer’ open top, double decker bus around the West Cornwall peninsula. Jumping on and off as much as you like, visiting Lands End, Sennen, Porthcurno and many other quaint Cornish villages. You will get the chance to peep over hedgerows and view this spectacular corner of Cornwall like never before.

Art Lovers

It’s impossible to come to St Ives without taking in some of its famous art. Why not follow the art trail around the town, including the Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery. There is also a great array of free galleries to pop in and out of, and if all this art has inspired you, how about joining one of the art classes run by the St Ives Art Club?

Adventurers

The great rock pool safari!  Pack your bucket, net and swimming cossie and jump on the train to Penzance.  Walk around the harbour stopping off at Bag O Rags, a pirate ship moored in the Harbour.  A minute’s walk away is Battery Rocks, at low tide there is some fantastic rock pooling to be had. Check out our wildlife section on our website to see what species to lookout for. During the summer months the saltwater filled Jubilee swimming pool is open, located next to the rocks, with a very popular café which offers luscious lunches.

Adrenalin Junkies

St Ives is home to the popular surf beach: Porthmeor.  This amazing stretch of golden sand offers a surf school, cafe and restaurant, and throughout the summer season is supervised by RNLI Lifeguards.  Zip up your wet-suit and head into the surf, then round off the day by watching the unbelievable red sunset with a glass of wine and beach barbecue.

St Ives and Carbis Bay offer a wide range of holiday cottages in West Cornwall, ideal for a car free holiday.  First Great Western offering frequent trains directly into nearby St Erth and often to Carbis Bay and St Ives itself. 

By: Amanda O'Toole On:17th June 2016
Categories:Local Area,Things to Do

Arty Activities in St Ives

2nd February 2016

Once a fishing village turned artists’ colony, St Ives is home to a plethora of art galleries including the eminent Tate St Ives. As well as witnessing world-class art and coming face-to-face with local artists, why not get in touch with your creative side trying these arty activities in St Ives?

For the Family

Hepworth Family Activity Trail & Sculpture Quest

Enter the magical environment of Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden on a fun family activity trail that encourages you to draw while you explore (sketch book and art materials included). There is also a treasure hunt game and sculpture quest, to engage adventurous families on an interactive tour around the studio, museum and garden of one of St Ives’ most famous artists.

Toddle Tate & Gallery Quest

Proof that art appreciation isn’t just for adults, Toddle Tate sessions encourage under 5’s to explore art through messy play, song, dance and stories. These free sessions are held on Wednesday mornings throughout term time; booking is recommended. During the holidays the Tate St Ives also runs a gallery quest, inviting families to enjoy a hands-on exploration of art by following clues through the exhibitions.

Kids’ Chocolate Workshops

Kids can get stuck into their favourite food during a chocolate-making workshop at the Cornish chocolatier ‘I Should Coco’. Learn the skills of an artisan chocolate maker, create your own chocolate designs and decorations, and take your delicious chocolate goodies home to share with friends and family. Courses are held on various dates throughout school holidays. £15 per child.

Learn to be a Chocolatier during the holidays! Children can enjoy an I Should Coco workshop in St Ives and take home their very own creations. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Learn to be a Chocolatier with I Should Coco

Clay Days at Leach Pottery

Design and create your own clay models at a hands-on, messy clay session at the Leach Pottery. Held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the holidays for kids aged 6-12, the one-hour workshops cost £6 per child (parents free).

For Adults

Barnoon Workshop

Get back to the basics of art with guided exercises in drawing, try a sketching and sculpting workshop, or create unique mosaics using beach treasure. There are all sorts of inspiring workshops and arty sessions held at the seafront Barnoon Workshop – you can even learn to make felt flowers, try knitting, cast resin charms and hand-make paper using recycled materials. Prices and times vary.

Enjoy using textiles at Barnoon Workshop, St Ives and take your own masterpiece home with you as a memory of your stay. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Work with textiles and other media at Barnoon Workshop

St Ives School of Painting

Ever wanted to commit the wild coastal landscape of St Ives to canvas? Under the tutelage of artist Gary Long you can learn to capture the drama of where the land meets the sea, using water-based media to express the energy and movement of the sea. Other courses with the experts at the St Ives School of Painting include a ‘Stroll and Sketch’ around St Ives, landscape painting, an introduction to oils, and printmaking.

There are a wealth of arty activities in St Ives. Why not choose to be a painter for the day with St Ives School of Painting? Take a tour with them and create some superb memories of your stay.

Landscape painting on the Cornish Coast with St Ives School of Painting

Back Road Trail

A great way to explore the warren of cobbled streets, the Back Road Trail takes you to the best of the local art and crafts galleries – many of which are off the beaten tourist trail. Come face-to-face with local artists and witness a mix of modern and traditional arts, pottery and even a chocolate workshop. Maps and information are available from the Visit St Ives Information Centre.

 

Delve into the arty vibe of St Ives from one of Carbis Bays Holidays’ stylish self-catering cottages. Hepworth and Pelagos which are both part of Barbara Hepworth’s former home.   Porth Glas, Prospect, Whistler and Wallis are a few more luxury properties footsteps from the town’s galleries.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Local Area,Things to Do

Art Holidays in Cornwall

12th January 2016

Carbis Bay Holidays

We all know Cornwall is a bright and vibrant place to visit but where is the best place to visit for Art Holidays in Cornwall. But if you want to add even more colour to your holiday in Cornwall, you might want to consider hitting the art trail to experience the fabulous art for which this location is renowned. With its rich artistic heritage and inspirational scenery, there are few holiday destinations better suited to art fans. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced artist, aspiring painter or simply wish to soak up the artistic atmosphere, Cornwall presents a culture infused with great art.

Explore Fine Art in St Ives

You can’t wander far in any town in Cornwall without stumbling across an art gallery or souvenir shop selling paintings, prints, photographs and crafts celebrating the Cornish landscape and lifestyle. In some locations the creative work of local artists literally spills out on to the streets. This is especially true in St Ives which has inspired artists and visitors for generations.

In fact some of the earliest tourists visiting Cornwall were artists, drawn by the fantastic sea vistas and superb natural light in St Ives. Famous painters Turner, Sickert and Whistler were all known to have visited the area in the 19th Century and in 1920 the internationally renowned potter Bernard Leach set up studio in St Ives. It is possible to see works of this great potter, plus artists who have followed in his footsteps, at the Leach Pottery museum (http://www.leachpottery.com/).

Other artists followed and mingled with locally born painters such as Alfred Wallis to form a community of artists, who made St Ives famous worldwide. The British painter Ben Nicholson joined the St Ives collective when he moved here with his wife Barbara Hepworth at the outbreak of the second world war in 1939. Nicholson later left but Hepworth lived and worked as a sculptor in the town at Trewyn Studios until her death in 1975. It is possible to see many of her great works and visit the studio where she worked at the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum).

Many art schools were established in St Ives at the time and in the decades that followed. Today you can join painting, drawing and sculpting classes while on holiday in the area. St Ives is so important to the British art scene that in the early 1990s the Tate organisation built and opened Tate St Ives (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives ) to showcase noteworthy local and international exhibitions. It remains a must-see attraction if you’re staying in this part of Cornwall.

Experience Spectacular Art in Newlyn

Nearby Newlyn has had an equally rich artistic history. Like St Ives, it became the location for a important artists’ colony known as the Newlyn School. Much smaller than St Ives, Newlyn was, and still is, a thriving fishing village providing much inspiration to visiting and resident artists. Big names in the movement included Lamorna Birth and Stanhope Forbes.

Today you can see some of the fine art produced during that period and the work of contemporary artists in galleries, including the Newlyn Art Gallery (http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/). If you fancy participating in some art classes, you can learn from local artists at the gallery itself or at the Newlyn School of Art (http://www.newlynartschool.co.uk/).

Find Up-And-Coming Art in Falmouth

Falmouth is another town which has attracted artists over the centuries, thanks to its wonderful seascapes and narrow bustling streets. Soaked in maritime history, Falmouth is a huge natural port littered with sailing boats of all sizes and colours. It’s little wonder that painters and artists used these wonderful scenes as inspiration for their artwork.

The best place to visit for art lovers is the Falmouth Art Museum (http://www.falmouthartgallery.com/), which has fine collection of 19th and 20th century art plus contemporary exhibitions by Cornish artists. It is also possible to catch the works of up-and-coming artists in the boutique galleries around the town or at end-of-year shows at the Falmouth School of Art (http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/falmouth-school-of-art), which attracts talented students from all over the UK and overseas.

Witness a Wealth of Art in Fowey

Heading further east on the Cornwall art trail leads you to the small artists enclave of Fowey, which seems to be bursting at the seams with galleries and craft shops. Located on the Fowey estuary, amid yet more stunning Cornish scenery, the town is also bathed in a glorious natural light which is a constant source of inspiration and fascination for local artists.

One of the best places to head for great art is the Fowey River Gallery (http://www.foweyrivergallery.co.uk/), which hosts an ever-changing display of exhibitions and new works by prominent local artists. There are dozens of other great art galleries and crafts shops to explore in the town, including outlets for Cornish glassware artist Jo Downs. Also worth a visit is the Toe in the Water Gallery which showcases and sells art and crafts inspired by the sea and coastline.

More Great Art in Padstow

This outpost of Cornish art on the rugged North Coast is a picturesque fishing town located on the colourful Camel estuary. Padstow and the surrounding area is home to many notable artists who draw inspiration from the rocky coastline, sandy shores and deep blue sea. Among these is the superb contemporary artist David Pearce who regularly exhibits his modern sea scenes at shows worldwide and locally at Padstow Fine Art (http://www.padstowfineart.co.uk/).

Like all the other locations on the Cornish art trail, the streets of Padstow are lined with galleries, art shops and craft stores selling paintings and art objects of all standards, for all budgets. One of the newest galleries in Padstow, the Drang Gallery (http://www.thedranggallery.com/), caters to the upper end with its display of exciting works by established British artists, previously including Damien Hirst and Sir Terry Frost.

Get Set for Your Art Holiday in Cornwall

If you’re into art, you will not be disappointed by the treasure trove of historic and contemporary art in Cornwall. Whether you want to admire great works, pick up a memento or immerse yourself in the creative process, the Cornish art trail will lead you through some of the most beautiful, culturally rich locations Cornwall has to offer. If you want to soak up the art scene in St Ives and explore Cornwall’s arty side, visit Carbis Bay Holidays (http://www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk/) for self catering holiday accommodation in the town and the surrounding area.

By: Jessica Colliver On:12th January 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas,Things to Do
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