Culture Camp – Arts Award at St Ives School of Painting

St Ives, one of the most stunning locations in the world, has long been attracting artists. The School of Painting has been running art classes in Cornwall for 80 years in Porthmeor studios overlooking the ocean.

Culture Camp was a 5-day Bronze Arts Award project in the October 2019 half term at St Ives School of Painting. The Camp was a chance for young people to have a week-long cultural experience and was set up to open the doors of places in St Ives that they see all the time but didn’t feel they belong enough to enter.

Culture Camp featured Raku firing and ceramic tile making at Leach Pottery, a Tate St Ives visit and behind the scenes tour, a visit to an artist in their studio with a Q&A, and painting and drawing at Porthmeor Studios and on the beach.

The School of Painting prioritised young people who would especially benefit from access to dynamic and inspiring cultural experiences without cost being a barrier. The 2019 cohort were referred directly by their teachers and came from 5 Secondary Schools: Pool Academy, Hayle Academy, St Ives School, Redruth School and Humphry Davy. Each school referred three young people, leading to 15 exciting places on the camp.

“The October 2019 cohort’s keenness to stay in touch with us has driven us to put some follow up workshops in place for them.”

Cat Lee

Youth Arts Manager, St Ives School of Painting

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