St Ives: The Art Colony and the Community – the book of the project is now available from St Ives Archive 01736796408 at £12.5p. Compiled by Janet Axten and designed by Sarah-Leigh Wills and containing many images from the St Ives Archive the book uses the projects recordings to tell a fascinating story.
The dedicated team of St Ives Memory Bay volunteers have notched up their 60th recording. A wide variety of subjects – artists, local residents, writers and historians have all contributed their memories. These recordings are currently being summarised and are archived on an external hard drive. Eventually they will all be available to the public through the St Ives Archive.
Teachers Day at the Tate
Our programme of work with the local St Ives Schools cluster began with a very successful ‘Teachers Day’ at the Tate St Ives. Staff representatives from all the schools attended – St Ives School, St Ives Infants, St Ives Juniors, St Uny, Nancledra and St Erth. The day was led by Kerry Rice from the Tate assisted by John Pollard (Memory Bay), Alessandra Ausenda ( artist) and Chris Hibbert (Porthmeor Studios). The day was based on the Ben Nicholson exhibition at the Tate and after a guided viewing the group visited two of the Memory Bay project partners, Porthmeor Studios (where we visited Nicholson’s Studio) and the Leach Pottery. The opportunities of collaboration between the Memory Bay partners and the schools was discussed before the teachers prepared their own interpretation of a ‘Nicholson’ using oral as well as visual sources as their inspiration.
St Uny School
Memory Bay has been working with St Uny School over he last 6 weeks. Starting with a talk about the past and developing some recording skills, Class 5 spent the day at the Porthmeor Studios. Art with Naomi Frears in her Porthmeor Studio, a talk on the history of St Ives and pilchard fishing from local historian Brian Stevens and a description of the challenges and skills of fishing from John McWilliams were all recorded by the children and used for the basis of a short film about St Ives, its fishermen and its artists. The film, produced by Alessandra Ausenda, Lizzie Black and Sean Stanford shows the children’s art and describes some of the major changes in St Ives
St Ives Junior School
Again a collaboration between Memory Bay and its partners supported by Alessandra Ausenda. Class 4 and Class 6 participated. Class 4 spent two days working with Alessandra on painting their impressions of Porthmeor while Class 6 spent several session investigating the work of three artists, Wallis, Nicholson and Pearce. This included sessions at school led by Janet Axten from the Archive discussing photographs, visits to the Porthmeor Studios and a town walk led by Ted Lever and John Pollard.
Armed Forces Day
Now retitled from the previous Veterans Day, the 27th June saw a wonderful tea party for present and past soldiers, airmen and sailors from St Ives. As well as a cream tea and entertainment, the afternoon on the Church lawn overlooking St Ives harbour provided an opportunity for all to reminisce and some of these conversations were recorded for the project.
Tate Super Sunday
The Memory Bay project is grateful to the Tate for allowing our work to be the focus of one of their regular Super Sunday events. Based on the current exhibition of Alfred Wallis paintings we particpated by recording some of the views and opinions of the young visitors. A series of 40 short statements will now form part of our archive. The Archive Study Centre provided some material about Wallis and archived recordings by Dr Roger Slack were played another very successful collaboration.