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The St Ives School of Painting has extended its provision for the 13 to 16 age group with the introduction of the Porthmeor Art Collective.

Porthmeor Art Collective

This is a free online programme which can be accessed all over the UK. It commences on 12th October.

Youth arts manager, Cat Lee, said: “Our Youth Programme started modestly in the early 2000s, but has grown significantly in recent years. The Porthmeor Art Collective is the logical next step, as it provides sustained tuition over a period of weeks, working towards the major goal of a group exhibition.

“The fact that the course is designed and taught by an emerging artist is possibly unique, and reinforces the school’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent.”  

Spearheaded by 25-year-old Caleb Richards, an emerging Cornish artist, the online programme explores art from a contemporary perspective, including how it contributes to pop culture and influences the way young people see themselves and the world around them.

Progressing beyond isolated workshops, the Porthmeor Art Collective will offer an extended course-like structure, encouraging young people to pick up a paintbrush and think like an artist. The young creatives will learn the vital skills that practicing artists use daily when creating work.

Caleb said: “Every budding creative has it within themselves to create beautiful artworks, whatever age they may be. When I was in my teens, I craved this insight and encouragement when scribbling spooky faces in my bedroom.

“With this course I hope to offer useful tips and tricks, and help participants develop a pragmatic process which they can use every time they approach a new piece of work.”

Porthmeor Collective

At the end of the five-week course, work by all participants will be displayed in a one-day public exhibition, celebrating their achievements and showcasing the emerging talent of this next generation of creatives.

The young artists, alongside their friends and family, will attend the private view to mark the occasion, reinforcing the supportive community environment that the Porthmeor Art Collective provides.

The St Ives School of Painting has a distinguished reputation, going back to its beginnings in the 1930s. Over the years, many notable artists have flocked to St Ives to find inspiration in these atmospheric studios, overlooking Porthmeor Beach.

The original vision for the school — which was founded by the celebrated artist Leonard Fuller — was “To assist the many residents and visiting students in attaining the requisite proficiency to enable them to express themselves adequately in various mediums”.

This vision of creative equality continues to drive the ethos of the school under director Alison Sharkey, and over the years the St Ives School of Painting has played a major role in establishing a creative hub in this geographically remote — and unique — Cornish town.

To join the free project and be part of the young artists St Ives exhibition, visit schoolofpainting.co.uk /young-artists/ or follow @porthmeor_youngartists on Instagram.

• Project dates: are the 12th, 19th,and 26th October, and the 2nd and 9th November, at 4.30pm. The exhibition wull take place on 21st November, from 11am to 3pm, with a private view from 3pm to 5pm.