The Porthmeor Print Workshop is is an open-access, non-profitmaking printmaking studio, located above the Penwith Gallery, St Ives, in what was Peter Lanyon’s School of Painting. First opened in 1995, the workshop is run by 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 variety of papers, etching plates, 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.

For first-time or rusty printmakers, courses and introductory sessions are available in different kinds of printmaking. Please check the news page or enquire for details

Opening Times

Normal opening times are Monday and Tuesday 10am – 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 £5 per hour for non-members and £2.50 for members. Membership costs £40 for half a year or £65 for a year, payable at the workshop. Download a membership form here