St Ives September Festival

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The St Ives September Festival is a two week celebration of arts, literature and music held in the middle of September.

The Trust organises a wide range of talks, demonstrations and events during the festival, and with guided tours and Open Studios, this is the ideal time to visit Porthmeor and discover more about the artistic and fishing heritage of this unique building.

Tickets available from the Cornwall Riviera Box Office tel. 01726 879500, St Ives Visitor Information Centre, or on the door.

Saturday 8th September 

Workshops with Francesca Owen: Natural Pigments and Paint Making Techniques,

10-1 and 2-5 – £20

Sunday 9th September

Workshops with Francesca Owen: Botanical Dyes for an Un-Sustainable Future,

10-1 and 2-5 – £20

Monday 10th September

10.30-11.30  Film: Memories of Barbara, Ben and the St Ives Modernists, £5.50

7.00-8.00  By Word of Mouth with Shanty Baba

8.45-8.45  1001 Arabian Nights with Shanty Baba

Tuesday 11th September

10.30-11.30  Michael Leach: A talk by Frank Campbell & Friends, £5.50

3.30-4.30  Bernard Leach & Mingei (Folk Craft) with filmmaker Marty Gross £5.50

6.30-8.30 The 3 Buskerteers £10 in advance, £12 on the door


Wednesday 12th September

10.30-12.00  Talk & Tour with Nick Cahill: How Porthmeor Studios tells the story of St Ives, £5.50

3.30-4.30  Talk by Janet Axten: Virginia Woolf’s St Ives 1881-1895, £5.50

Friday – Saturday 14th/15th September

10.00-4.00  Spot the Artist, viewing

Sunday 16th September

9.00-2.00 Spot the Artist SALE


Monday 17th September

10.30-12.00  Talk & Nibbles with Matthew Thomson: Changing Lives with Food, £5.50

3.30-4.30  Film: Pilchards – A Brief History of the Cornish Sardine, £5.50

7.00-8.00  By Word of Mouth with Shanty Baba

8.45-8.45  1001 Arabian Nights with Shanty Baba

Tuesday 18th September

10.30-11.30  Talk with Jak Stringer: Wilkie Collins’ Rambles in Victorian Cornwall, £5.50

3.30-4.30  Talk with Janine Joseph: Follow the Yellow Brick Road – A Story of Empowerment, £5.50

6.00-7.00  Talk by Jack Doherty: Grounding

Wednesday 19th September

10.30-12.00  Talk & Tour with MJ Long: Porthmeor Studios Renovation, £5.50

3.30-4.30  Talk and Book Launch by David Whittaker: St Ives Allure – Engagements with Art & Place in West Cornwall, £5.50

Thursday 20th September

10.30-11.30  Talk by Janet Axten: St Ives in 1938

3.30-4.30  Talk by Sarah Latham Phillips: Introducing the Bloomsbury Group

Friday 21st September

10.30-11.30  Film: Ghost Town, £5.50

3.30-4.30  Performance by Shallal Dance Theatre: Embodied Space, £5.50