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november 2023

27nov2:00 pm3:30 pmSt. Ives Colony of Artists: A November Art History Courseat Bridport United Church Hall


Event Details

From 6th November ‘St Ives colony of artists’, Monday afternoons in Bridport 2pm or Friday afternoons from 10th November, 2pm on line:

The course starts by explaining the history of why artists were attracted to St Ives to paint, Turner for example travelled to west Cornwall to make watercolour sketches and drawings. The quality of the light in West Cornwall remains a factor that draws painters to the area. There was an increase in the number of artists in the later 19c onward, who came to Cornwall when the railway extends to Penzance. St Ives becomes a place artists feel free to experiment in their work, and there is support in the community to do so, from other painters. This leads to a hot bed of modernity in the late 1920’s onwards, with a new visual language developing amidst the painters and sculptors, which is a British version of Modernism; but quite often holds on to very recognisable figurative elements and uses form and colour boldly, responding to the landscape and seascape around the artists. Some of the artists discussed, will be Terry Frost, Bryan Pearce, Rose Hilton, Roger Hilton, Paul Feiler, Wilhelmina Barns- Graham, Peter Lanyon, Karl Weschke, Sven Berlin and the new movement of ceramics of Cornwall and other artists. So exciting was the art of St Ives that it attracted famous artists to visit the colony and some stayed and joined it!

Fee is £65 for 6 wks,

‘drop in’ lectures for £13 each.

Venue United Hall, East Street, Bridport.

Online fee £60.

To book and for more information email

Your tutor, Pam Simpson MA, is an Associate Lecturer University of the Arts. Pam is a professional art historian, with 35 years teaching experience in London art schools.

Click here for Zoom Course Details.


(Monday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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