Every year we hold a wide ranging and fascinating programme of lectures, visits workshops and social events. Our members, many of whom are artists and craftspeople themselves, are interested in all the decorative and fine arts including painting, music, literature, furniture, mosaics, and architecture. We try and ensure that the programme has something of interest to everyone and with such a committed and enthusiastic membership there’s always something new and exciting going on!

Here in West Cornwall, we’re a relatively new society founded in 2011 . We do have some availability now for new members, so if you would like to become a member, click here for further information.

We still remain one of over 300 member societies of the ‘The Arts Society’  formerly  NADFAS – the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.

Our first lecture of 2019 will be on 10th January 2019 at Penwith College at 7.30pm.

Sadly Peter Warwick is not able to talk to us as planned on the Thames Pageant, due to ill health and we wish him best wishes for a speedy recovery.

In his place we are delighted that local Cornish Art Historian David Tovey is has kindly agreed to step in and will talk on the subject of :

‘St Ives – The artists, the fisherfolk and the fishing industry’

David Tovey

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David’s great-grandfather was one of the founding artists of St Ives Art Colony which was inspired by the French “plein air” artists such as Monet and Renoir in the 19th Century. These were the first artists to paint relaxed outdoor scenes. The St Ives Artists were keen to illustrate the fishermen’s’ lives of this period, before the way of life was lost. The artists started going to Cornwall in the 1860’s, initially in the winter months to paint pictures for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Gradually the Artist Colony expanded and they established themselves, full time in St Ives.  They found that the strong Methodist inhabitants, had very few cultural or entertainment events, certainly none on Sundays!  They sought to redress this situation by setting up drama, music groups and sports teams which competed with the Newlyn and Lamorna artists.

To find out more about the forthcoming lecture series click here

and check the events  page for details of what is coming up in the future.

If you’d like to see what we’re all about, you’re welcome to book a spot at any of our lectures as a guest for a £7 fee.  Please contact us here  with your name or send us an email  here .

You can use the same link if you’d like to sign up for annual membership.

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