The Porthmeor Print Workshop is is an open-access, non-profitmaking printmaking studio, located above the Penwith Gallery, St Ives, in what was once Peter Lanyon’s School of Painting. It was first opened in 1995 by a group of artists who formed a group called The Porthmeor Printmakers. These artists included Sheila Oliner, Roy Walker, John Emmanuel, Roy Ray, Naomi Frears and Rachael Kantaris (who runs the workshop today with the help of other volunteer printmakers).
There are three presses available for printing intaglio, monoprint, woodblock and linocut. For etching, there are safe facilities for biting metal plates and for laying aquatints.
Some materials can be purchased from the workshop, including a wide variety of papers, etching grounds, drypoint plates, blotting paper and scrim.
Inks can be provided for first-time printmakers, however members and returning non-members need to bring their own.
The workshop is available to use during opening hours, when it is supervised by an experienced volunteer printmaker.
Newcomers with some printmaking experience can begin working after a brief introduction to the facilities.
Normal opening times are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 10.30am – 5pm and other days by arrangement. Booking is recommended as days and times are subject to change.
24 hours notice is required if unable to make a booked session.
Rates & Membership
Rates for using the workshop and all facilities are £6 per hour for non-members and £3 for members. Membership costs £45 for half a year or £65 for a year, payable at the workshop. Download a membership form here