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Freedom of St Ives for Leach and Hepworth
Artists are honoured as valued members of the St Ives Art Colony.
News 1968 6 mins
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Artists Bernard Leach OBE and Dame Barbara Hepworth are given the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of St Ives. In 1920 Leach set up the now world renowned Leach Potteries with fellow potter Hamado Shoji after being invited back to England by Frances Horne who had founded the St Ives Handcraft Guild. Abstract sculptor Hepworth was instrumental in forming the Penwith Society of Arts in 1949 to advance abstract and modern art by introducing innovation and experimentation.
St Ives has been the home to artists since the Romanticist painter JMW Turner visited and sketched the Cornish seaside town in 1811. The art colony developed between the First and Second World Wars with the idea of revisiting and revising classical artworks in the light of a technical and cultural shift. St Ives was at the forefront of the Modernist art movement and the Penwith Society of Arts formed breaking away from the St Ives Society of Artists but still allied with Peter Lanyon’s Crypt Group. It included prominent abstract artists including Hepworth’s husband Ben Nicholson. Art historian and critic and co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Herbert Read became its first president.
The Arts on Film
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Documentary 1953 17 mins Silent Location: St Ives
A poetic portrait of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and the otherworldly Cornish landscapes which inspired her.
1978 29 mins
Impressionistic portrait of life as a dancer in London’s Ballet Rambert.
Documentary 1967 14 mins
Spend a few intense minutes with Giacometti in his Paris studio and see him at work on his striking sculptures.
Documentary 1972 13 mins
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Documentary 1984 61 mins
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News 1983 4 mins Location: St Ives
Tune down, turn off and scoop out as the famous outlet for ice cream closes its doors.
1925 1 mins Silent Location: St Ives
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Travelogue 1938 15 mins Location: St Ives
Rapid survey of early Cornish history, featuring its language, landscape and industries.
Amateur film 1935 12 mins Silent Location: Penzance
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Advert 1912 19 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
From Saltash to St Ives, a whirlwind tour of Edwardian Cornwall.
News 1963 2 mins Silent Location: St Ives
Clive Gunnell wanders around St Ives and ponders the Bohemian lifestyle of the beatniks.
Documentary 2019 16 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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