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Art and exhibitions


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Anima Mundi
Until 21st May
Claire Curneen: Through Living Roots Awaken
When a figure is formed, sculptor Claire Curneen’s specific focus turns to finer detail in the chosen focal points of head, hands and feet, rendered with palpable sensitivity. It is in the hands specifically that her figures become animated and communicative, where subtle gesture imbues them with a sense of grace and movement and a tangible emotive and contemplative, perhaps elegiac, quality.
David Quinn: Cloghan
Quinn lives and works in Shillelagh, County Wicklow, and his small scale, palimpsestic paintings are usually titled in series after evocative place names nearby. However, it would be inaccurate to assume that these paintings are intended to be viewed as a minimalist, quasi-abstracted representation of the Irish landscape. He concedes that perhaps they could contain an essence of place, in the way that we all contain within us the suffused essence of our own experience.
Street-an-Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS |

Barnoon Arts
23rd May-5th June

Showcasing the works of contemporary printers, who use a range of techniques, including screen print, mono print, dry point, and block printing in their work. Featuring Dorrie King, Graham Pullen, Peter Giles, Graham Diley, and Erin Lacey.
Barnoon Workshop, Clodgy View TR26 1JG |

Belgrave St Ives
23rd May-13th June

Terry Frost: Eleven Poems by Frederico Garcia Lorca 1989, and Trewellard Suns 1989
The first show is an exhibition of a complete suite of 11 etchings with aquatint, some with hand colouring. The second comprises a complete suite of eight linocuts, some with hand finishing.
You can view exhibitions on the gallery website, or in person by appointment (call 01736 794888 or email
Higher Bussow Farm, Towednack TR26 3BB |

Café Art
1st-31st May
Stephen Bassett art exhibition
Paintings will be for sale with proceeds to the Edward Hain Community Project. Opening event on 1st May 5.30pm-7.30pm, open to all. There will be a raffle, too, with tickets drawn at the end of the month. Details on the event Facebook page.

Crypt Gallery
14th-20th May

Jaki Marshall and Jen Donkin Gourley
21st-27th May
Shelley Thornton
28th May-3rd June
Andrew Rafferty
4th-10th June
Chris Smith
11th-17th June
Ashley Hanson
18th-24th June
Sarah Keyworth
Address: Norway Square, St Ives |

Leach Pottery
Throughout August
Young potters wheel workshops.
Details and dates here.
8th and 22nd August
Make a pinch pot in the Leach Pottery garden and leave it on display in the museum. £5. All ages welcome. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.
12th and 19th August, 8th October, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Throwing taster sessions

An introduction to making pottery on a wheel. Have a go at making simple shapes. Details here.
13th August, 10am-12.30pm
Tile pouncing workshop

With artist in residence Helen Doherty. A workshop in the traditional art of ceramic tile pouncing, used by Iznik potters and ceramic artists. Pouncing is the method of copying a preparatory drawing onto an unfired tin-glazed ceramic tile. £25. Details here.
15th-19th August
Young potters week

Experience a range of pottery skills, from throwing on a wheel, hand building to using press moulds. For those aged 11-16. Participants must be dropped off and collected by an adult each day.
18th August
Summer raku firing

Decorate a raku pot and watch the exciting transformation of the colour and textures during this quick firing method. Refreshments will be provided. Over-18s only. £35. Details here.
27th August, 10am-4pm
Seconds sale

Up to 50% off Leach Pottery Standard Ware and work by individual makers — arrive early!
27th August and 17th September
Piggy bank workshop

Make your own piggy bank using hand building pottery techniques. Details here.
20th September and 18th October, 10am-10.45am, and 11,30am-12.15pm
Clay play for under-fives. £6.
17th July-26th September

John Leach: 65 Years a Potter
The Leach Pottery’s first solo exhibition of John Leach, who trained at the Leach Pottery from 1960 to 1963. John, David Leach’s eldest son and Bernard Leach’s eldest grandson, was born at the Leach Pottery in 1939, returning in the early 1960s to train under Bernard’s watchful eye. » SEE STORY
Until 1st October
People and Pottery

Sharing the engaging personal stories of the ceramics in our lives. It is informed by the community and groups the Leach Pottery works in partnership with on its Community Programme. It shows the unique values placed on ceramics which could easily be taken for granted. This is one of the last in the Leach 100 series of exhibitions.
24th-29th October
Potter’s tool kit

Explore the tools made by potters and make you own potter’s tool kit to take away with you. Details here.
Until 30th October
Studio Space

An exhibition of new pots exploring ‘space’, as inspired by the Japanese concept of Ma, which acknowledges negative space and gaps that are literal, visible, as well as perceived.
21st-23rd October
Throwing course

Aimed at beginners who would like to learn basic throwing skills, those who have some experience of throwing, and intermediate students who would like to further develop their skills. Details here.
Higher Stennack, St Ives TR26 2HE |

The Manor House
10th-21st September

Colin Orchard, oil paintings, mostly oil on board, 10am-5pm. Part of the St Ives September Festival.
Ayr (opposite Ventnor Terrace), St Ives TR26 1DU

New Craftsman Gallery
7th-21st May
Sarah Woods. » SEE PREVIEW
27th May-25th June
Jason Collingwood and Akiko Hirai. » SEE PREVIEW
24 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE |

Penwith Gallery
Until 17th July
Studio Gallery: Stephanie Sandercock, Alchemy
Highly textured paintings and three-dimensional works on aluminium, rusted steel, wooden panel, and canvas, using crushed limestone and marble plaster, acrylic with muscovite, and biotite mica.
Back Road West, St Ives TR26 1NL |

Porthminster Gallery
Until 11th June

First Blush: Spring Collection
The glory of springtime and the concept of reawakening are the focus of this curated, changing collection of new artworks that capture the essence of the season of rebirth. Featuring works by Sam Boughton, Melvyn Evans, Trevor Price, Erin Ward, and Rachel Wood, as well as Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth,Patrick Heron, and Bryan Pearce.
22 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE |

Tate St Ives
Until 2nd May

Thao Nguyen Phan
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1TG |

West Coast Studios
16th-30th May
The Art of Print
An exhibition of linoct prints by Hazel McNab and Ian Cox.
5 Ferlea Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BH |

One-off events

8th May: Porthmeor Art Collective — drawing patterns in water, St Ives Scool of Painting, Back Road West, 2pm-4pm. A chance for young people aged 13 to 16 to connect and develop their creativity through an artist. Find out more on the event Facebook page.

5th June: Sunday Club — collage like Terry Frost, St Ives Scool of Painting, Back Road West, 10am-noon. A kids’ art club like no other. Find out mor on the event Facebook page.

5th June: Porthmeor Art Collective — spray painting techniques, St Ives Scool of Painting, Back Road West, 2pm-4pm. Find out more on the event Facebook page.

15th-19th August: Summer School: The Potter’s Week at Leach Pottery. Read more and book a place.

13th-16th October: Specialist skills course in glaze technology at Leach Pottery. Read more and book a place.

Regular events


Beach Art Explorers with Tate St Ives on Porthmeor Beach, 10.30am-noon, and 2pm-3.30pm, until 27th August. Suitable for children ages 5-12, who must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more here.


Beach Art Explorers with Tate St Ives on Porthmeor Beach, 10.30am-noon, and 2pm-3.30pm, until 27th August. Suitable for children ages 5-12, who must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more here.