A self catering holiday in St Ives is a popular choice for artists from all over the UK and, indeed, further a field. Wheal Trenwith offers artists an excellent base from which to explore their own creative interpretation of St Ives and the varied, majestic Cornish landscape.
The reason that St Ives is so popular with artists is its location. Jutting out into the sea, the town's mood is heavily dependent on the sea - which is ever-changing. Many artists have commented on the unique light conditions to be found in St Ives and this is largely as a result of the sea's close proximity on all sides. The mood, lighting and atmosphere of any given location will change over the course of the day with the movement of the sun and degree of cloud cover.
It is the challenge of capturing an elusive moment which draws artists to St Ives for painting holidays year after year. Wheal Trenwith offers one, unique, view of St Ives and the bay, whether through open patio doors or the balcony itself. Artists can begin indulging their creativity without leaving the holiday apartment.
Art in St Ives takes many forms and there is much to inspire and wonder at. The Barbara Hepworth Museum is a must-see attraction for those wanting to discover how St Ives has in the past inspired art of nationally acclaimed standard. The contemporary Tate St Ives takes the torch of creativity into the present era and there is always something fresh to be found there.
The Leach Pottery contains examples of work by Bernard Leach whose work brought influences from Japan to St Ives. The pottery museum on the site of his workshop contains many examples of his work as well as other potters and is another inspiring example of how St Ives manages to attract and stimulate creativity.
An artist's holiday in St Ives will be both stimulating and inspiring but we'd recommend that visitors spend some time discovering what else Cornwall has to offer. There are many craft and art galleries to be discovered, whether tucked away in the winding streets of smaller fishing villages like Mousehole near Penzance or on town highstreets across the county. A good website to check is Art-Shopper (www.art-shopper.com) which lists all art galleries in Cornwall by town.
Artists of all mediums need not travel far to be inspired. Cornwall offers an unrivalled variety of landscape types within a small geographical area. Penwith to the south of St Ives offers rugged moorland next to dramatic rocky coastline. The Lizard allows artists to discover small coves and fishing villages along the coastal path as well as natural features such as "The Devil's Frying Pan".
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