St Ives has always been closely linked with the art world, with the town’s perfect light for painting luring artists to the town like the boats that gather in its harbour. It’s little surprise then, that the resort’s art scene is vibrant, fresh and ever filled with enthusiasm. Just a stone’s throw from Porthmeor Beach and the Tate St Ives you’ll find Porthminster Gallery, a new gallery that hosts regular exhibitions.
Housed in a building once used as a pilchard warehouse, the gallery is an atmospheric spot to lose yourself in art for awhile, and the curator places a strong emphasis on local artists. The quayside gallery is warm and welcoming, and its exhibitions change regularly, focusing on British and St Ives artists. You’ll find the blue grade 1 listed building on the quayside, and if you’re looking for a gallery with character then don’t miss this one.
In addition to the exhibitions, Porthminster Gallery also displays an ever-changing selection of modern 20th century works on paper by post-war artists from St Ives itself. The artists to have been displayed include Terry Frost, Bryan Pearce and Sandra Blow RA. If a piece catches your eye during your visit Porthminster Gallery will be happy to reserve it for a week so you can think it over with no pressure.