Aims and Objectives


Our charitable objectives are: “To promote art in St Ives and the district of Penwith for the purpose of increasing public knowledge and appreciation of the said arts.”

Our mission is: To provide high quality, affordable studio space for artists working within the unique cultural context of Cornwall.

Our aims and objectives are:

1. To support aspirational and innovative professional artists at all stages of their careers by:
a. Providing high quality and affordable studio spaces, following clear cut selection criteria and supporting equality of access.
b. Working with partners to offer a variety of support services and opportunities to artists.
c. Providing a range of tenures that support emerging and established artists, and offer opportunities for visiting artists from outside Cornwall.

2. To support public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and the heritage of our buildings and their settings by:
a. Encouraging our tenants to participate in open studios.
b. Offering a programme of talks, studio tours and exhibitions.
c. Working with all our tenants, including the fishing community and St Ives School of Painting, and key partners including Tate St Ives, St Ives Archive, St Ives Museum and Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange.

3. To manage the Trust effectively and efficiently by:
a. Ensuring financial prudence and sustainability.
b. Conducting our affairs with integrity and transparency.
c. Safeguarding and maintaining the buildings under our ownership.

The Trust owns and manages three artists’ studios in Cornwall: Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, and Trewarveneth and Anchor Studios in Newlyn. These provide a total of 22 studio spaces for artists, two studios for the St Ives School of Painting to deliver a range of arts courses, and two studios have been retained by the Trust for its education and community programme.