OUR BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!!! St Ives: The Art Colony and the Community has been compiled from our recordings by Janet Axten and designed by Sarah Leigh Wills. Containing many images from the St Ives Archive it provides a view of artists and institutions which formed leading elements of the Colony and how they worked with and within St Ives. Available at £12.50p from St Ives Archive 01736796408 www.stivesarchive.co.uk
The St Ives Memory Bay oral history project started in July 2008. Over the two years of the project led by co-ordinator, John Pollard, volunteers will record memories, stories and reminiscences about the artists’ colony which became established in St Ives. So far we have recorded 60 subjects.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is a partnership between the St Ives Trust Archive Study Centre, Tate St Ives, the Leach Pottery, the Porthmeor Studios, University College Falmouth and the St Ives School of Painting.
The Memory Bay will record the community and their memories of the artists, craftspeople, makers, designers and those associated with the art colony in any way and create a permanent archive, based at The Archive Centre, in the Upper Parish Room, St Ives. Through collaboration with its partners some promotional films will be produced, an audit of existing recorded material conducted and study days and education packages will be devised and delivered.
We are eager to recruit volunteers to help create the archive and will be delighted to hear from anyone who may have a story to tell.
” I have already discovered some unique film and a memory of the artists going over to camouflage the Hayle Power station, one of whom was the illustrator Harry Rountree, who did a caricature of the manager, Alfred Peller! Not only could his daughter-in-law, Marion, tell me the story but she showed me the drawing! (right). This is just the kind of insight we are looking for. I am sure there are people with lots of such memories and we are eager to contact them.”