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 Annual Summer Party was held on 11th July at Polgoon Vineyard which proved to be a delightful setting for this quintessential summer soirée.

The vineyard provided a range of their wines and ciders and there was a wonderful array of polg1delicious food which had been hand crafted by various members. We were serenaded by the talented St Ives Concert Band, left, and even though some drizzle set in later, that didn’t spoil  the party atmosphere as everyone got a chance to have a chat with their friends in a lovely setting. Samme, pictured below, is having no shortage of takers for the strawberries dipped in chocolate which Carrie had painstakingly prepared earlier.

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We presented our Emerging Artist Award at Penwith College’s “Objects of Vertu” exhibition which took place recently at the Arts School on Morrab Road. The judges decided to make two awards as the standard was so high this year and so much so that they have both had two pieces submitted for consideration by the RBA Royal Society of British Artists for their 2020 show, so fingers crossed for them both.

Winner of first prize of £100 was awarded to Felicitas Wagner for her illustrations and 3D works, and feathered flights and on the lookout, below have been submitted to the RBA.

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Matilda Black received the second prize of £50 for some lovely textile work, including  floral reflections (digital printing on denim) and spring party ( digital printing on velvet) also submitted to the RBA.



Our next lecture will be on Thursday 12th September at Penwith College at 7.30pm.

David Haycock;


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Augustus Edwin John (1878–1961) self portrait

When Augustus John died in 1961 he was described in The New York Times as ‘the grand old man of British painting and one of the greatest in British history.’ He was only in his mid twenties when, in the early 1900s, he was widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and promising young British artists – a Welsh rival, perhaps, to Gauguin or Picasso. This lecture explores John’s extraordinary life, including his early achievements, his position as one of the most exciting and outrageous young British artists before the Great War, his slow decline after it, and his troubled status as ‘the last Bohemian’.

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 have any questions or would like to become a member.

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