Trust appoints Dr Lucy Frears as new Residency Manager at Porthmeor

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lucy Frears as our new Residency Manager. Her main role will be to manage the Trust’s exciting new residency programme for emerging and established artists at Porthmeor, and she will be in post in time to work with Katie Schwab next month.

Porthmeor Silk Scarf Design

This project evolved from a collaboration in 2015 between Liberty, printed textile design students at Falmouth University and Porthmeor Studios. The students’ brief was to design a furnishing fabric inspired by the Porthmeor Studios artists, St Ives or the Penwith landscape, and the winning design, Porthmeor Beach, now features in the Liberty Interiors collection.

While the inspiration for this project remains the same, the focus this time was to create a design for the classic fashion accessory, the printed silk scarf. The students have interpreted the brief in many different ways, drawing inspiration from iconic artists, the fishing and mining industries, the landscape and St Ives itself. The final designs have been digitally printed onto a variety of silk fabrics, resulting in a multiplicity of design outcomes.

This exciting project brought together the client, Porthmeor Studios, and the designers, Falmouth textile design students, with a highly respected panel of judges:

  • Print designer Victoria Sargent from Beckford Silks, who produce scarves for arts brands including the Tate and the Royal Academy.
  • Sophie Chadwick, print designer and co-founder of Seasalt.
  • Barry Sinton from Barton Books, who has retail expertise through working at the London department store Liberty, art publishers Thames and Hudson, and Tate St Ives.

The task of the judges was to select the two most commercially viable designs. They were really impressed by the students’ varied response to the brief, their development work and their presentations. After much discussion the two winners were chosen, Megan Jones and Poppy Thaxter, who they felt had given the best response to the brief, with both designs capturing the feeling and essence of St Ives and the artists that worked at these studios.

See Sophie Chadwick’s blog about the judging at

Residency Manager for Porthmeor Studios 

We are now looking for a Residency Manager to develop and manage a residency programme for emerging and established artists based at Porthmeor Studios, and the post will include responsibility for fundraising, PR and marketing. The successful candidate will also play a full part in helping to manage and raise the profile of the Trust and its studios.

This is an amazing opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced and committed person to join our small team based at the iconic Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. Building on the success of the recent award-winning renovation project, this residency programme will help take the Trust in a new direction, and enable us to realise the potential of this incredible building.

Please email Chris Hibbert for a job description and application details.

Porthmeor Residency Programme

We are delighted to announce that the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust is supporting a three month residency for an emerging artist at Porthmeor Studios, as part of the Porthmeor Residency Programme.

Since the funding was made possible by the Scottish-born artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, we felt it appropriate that the first recipient should be for an artist based in Scotland. The Trust therefore approached three Scottish galleries: The Transmission Gallery, Collective and Pier Arts Centre, and asked each to nominate three young artists who they felt would benefit from this opportunity.

The Trust’s selection panel have decided to offer this first residency to Katie Schwab, who will be working in Studio 9 from April to June 2017.

New studio holders at Porthmeor

Following the selection panel meeting in November, we are pleased to announce the following changes:

Long-let studios:

Studio 6: Andy Harper

Studio 17: Abigail Reynolds

Studio 19: Simon Bayliss

Short let studios:

Studio 5: Tate St Ives (January – March); Simon Williams (April – June)

Studio 9: Edd Ravn (January -March); Katie Schwab (April – June)

Studio 11: Mike Newton (January -June)

Arts Council England – Catalyst: Evolve Award

We are delighted to announce that the Trust has been awarded a Catalyst: Evolve grant to support an artists residency programme for emerging and established artists at Porthmeor Studios over the next three years.

The grant will provide match funding for private giving, and is designed to help organisations become more resilient.  The Trust is now seeking private sponsorship for this programme, which will then leverage in the ACE match funding, and it is also seeking partners to help identify suitable artists to support.

This is a really exciting project for the Trust, and further details will be announced in due course.

Artists’ Studio Museum Network

The Watts Gallery have recently launched an online network of over 50 artist’s studio museums They are in the process of opening their own studio museum, in the former home of the artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), and have set up this network to promote and link studio museums across Europe. Their intention is that participating museums will be able to share expertise, marketing opportunities and best practice.

Porthmeor Studios is listed on the site here, and we have also contributed a case study, Porthmeor Studios: Past and Future.