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14 March 2018St Ives and its Painters
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St Ives and its Painters David Tovey Wednesday 14 March 2018

David Tovey is an expert on St Ives, with several books on the subject to his credit. He has put together this Discovery Day to create for us a panoramic insight into the artistic life of the world-famous Cornish harbour town.

Firstly he gives an overview of Marine Painting from Turner to Alfred Wallis, then focuses on the social life of the art colony, and their friends and relationships within all strata of St Ives society, which began as a remote and Methodist-dominated community.

Finally, David tells how the St Ives Society of Artists revived the artistic fortunes of the town, which led to Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Laura Knight, Stanhope Forbes, and a host of other Royal Academicians exhibiting under its aegis.

This Discovery Day takes place at the Public Hall, Liskeard, from 9.30 for 10am, with a break for lunch (provided as an optional extra), to end at about 3.30pm.