Porthmeor Artistsí Residency Programme Guests photographed between 2017
Ella Squirrell & Alek
Jonathan Michael Ray & Amelie Blendl
These photographs show some of the Porthmeor Artistsí Residency
Programme invited guests, taken by photographer and cameraman Alban Roinard in Porthmeor Studios.
Porthmeor Studios has 15 studios, is owned and managed by the Borlase
Smart John Wells Trust and has attracted artists of international
significance for over 130 years. 12 studios are rented long-term to
artists. Three studios are used for residencies of 1-3 months or rented
out to selected applicants. Studio 5 is the largest studio used
previously by artists such as Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson, and
Studio 9 has a view onto Porthmeor Beach and the Atlantic and has been
used by Sandra Blow and Karl Weschke.
The Porthmeor Artistsí Residency Programme started in April 2017 but is
inspired by events in 1959 Ė the year when emerging artist Francis Bacon
rented Studio 3 for six months to work towards his debut solo show and
American painter Mark Rothko visited to share ideas with studio tenant
artists Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Terry Frost. The Programme
provides space and support for artists to develop new work without the
pressure of exhibiting.
The first years of the Residency Programme have been made possible
thanks to the support and generosity from The Porthmeor Fund, Wilhelmina
Barns-Graham Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, private donations,
Porthmeor Patrons, Falmouth University and Arts Council England.
To continue the Residency Programme from 2020 we need your help to raise
match-funding to put in an Arts Council England grant and to forge the
link between St. Ivesí artistic heritage and our vision for the future,
where guest and tenant artists are free to experiment and create
original new work here in Porthmeor Studios. The Residency Programme
will extend to include the Trustís Anchor Studio in Newlyn from 2021 and
provides opportunities for student, emerging, mid-career and established
international, national and local artists who work in different
If you are interested in becoming a Porthmeor Patron to support the
Residency Programme please see link below or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Alban Roinard / BSJWT 2019