The Maritime Artist

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To celebrate the renovation of the Grade II* Porthmeor Studios, the distinguished American artist Mark Dion was commissioned to produce an artwork reflecting the remarkable arts and fishing heritage of this building. The resulting installation in Cellar 4, The Maritime Artist, is open on a regular basis throughout the year or by prior arrangement.

Inspired by fisherman John Pearce’s fascinating selection of fishing gear, Dion assembled a collection of artefacts evoking the long established connection between fisherman and artist, roles strongly connected within the history and culture of Porthmeor Studios and St Ives. He was assisted during the course of this project by artist James Barber and eight graduate students from Falmouth University.

Marc Messenger, one of his assistants, remarked “This installation is a testament to the industry and creativity that is so symbolic of the heritage of St Ives, and a poignant story of a working life, narrated through sun-bleached buoys and briny baskets, all set within the sound of the sea.”

See Mark Dion talking about The Maritime Artist Click here

Open:  Wednesdays 11.00am-4.00pm, when one of our expert volunteers will be on hand to tell you the Porthmeor Story, or at other times by prior arrangement. FREE.


Please contact Chris Hibbert for further information
01736 339339