St Ives Arts Club are pleased to support the

St Ives Festival, with a full programme of events from our newly refurbished venue on Westcotts Quay


Saturday 11th September 8pm

Long For The Coast

Honest, endearing, and fiercely hopeful, Totnes-via-Bristol-based indie-folk duo Long For The Coast believe that music is community.
They sing stories about social change, spiritual adventures, and close friends lost and found.
Long For The Coast – Jamie and Sophie Gould – are known for their close-knit harmonies, straight-to-the-heart lyrics and genteel fingerpicked guitar.
At St Ives they will be joined by cellist Simon Walker.


Sunday 12th September 3pm

Drama Express


Award-winning Drama Express, a performing arts charity for young people with additional support needs, is bringing its new Girl Power show to the 2021 St Ives September Festival. For tickets email: dramaexpressoffice@aol.com
Further details of their excellent project are online at www.drama-express.org


Monday 13th September 1.30pm

‘No Holds Barred’

 The Life & Art of Matthew Lanyon

A wonderful, award winning, newly-released archive led documentary by Barbara Santiand and Judith Lanyon in St Ives, followed by a Q&A session.
No Holds Barred reaches into the remarkable life of Matthew Lanyon, the late Cornish artist whose reclusive, comedic disposition disguised a fierce dedication to art, powered by love and loss.
He was the second son of Peter Lanyon, the well-known, ground breaking modernist painter who died tragically when Matthew was 13. Matthew’s family, collectors and collaborators describe a man with a visionary talent and intellect, for whom the usual boundaries between art and life did not apply.
This moving film creates a rare magic from Matthew’s own words, his previously unseen audio-visual archive, and the breath taking geology of West Cornwall. It won Best Documentary in the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam. 


Monday 13th September 8pm

Barry Hunt

As a left-handed upside-down guitarist, Barry Hunt has developed his own way of interpreting blues, country, folk-rock, soul and his own songs. With decades as a guitar teacher and a Masters Degree in Songwriting, he has produced three solo CDs and three as a band member and has a broad palette of styles to bring to his performances.
Now residing in Cornwall, Barry has a loyal local following and his performances involve passion, energy, subtlety and humour with Celtic tuning featuring heavily in his material, along with blues slide guitar. Barry first performed at the St Ives September Festival in 2005 at The Guildhall with his then 14-year-old daughter and has since appeared many times in pubs, hotels and venues around the town, returning in 2015 to support Dougie MacLean and Vin Garbutt at The Guildhall. He is now looking forward to performing in a concert setting where he is most suited.


Tuesday 14th September 8pm

Graphite & Co

An original play written by poet and writer Evelyn Holloway who splits her time between St Ives and Vienna.
Directed by Italian media artist and performer Dhyano, Graphite & Co was premiered at the 2019 St Ives September Festival – but this year will be slightly different.
Attracted by the conversation among ‘Three Spotlights’, ‘Actor and Actress’ just by chance discover an empty stage – and an audience.
Random words are falling from the sky. As if by magic, out of a drawing, ‘Graphite’ appears on stage and the adventure begins.
A journey towards the source of creativity itself exploring places where languages are taking shape and shapes are given words, while trying to make sense of how coincidences from the past are moulding our present in the intricate connection of relationships. Graphite & Co is a piece of contemporary multi-media theatre, that with the help of video, sound and performance art, reveals the complex wordsmithing work behind the ancient art of making Poetry.


Wednesday 15th September 1pm

An American Potter in St Ives

A special screening of the 2013 documentary film about Warren Mackenzie, the celebrated American Potter apprenticed to Bernard Leach from 1949 to 1952, with a discussion and Q&A hosted by Roelef Uys, lead potter at the Leach Pottery.
This hour-long documentary captures Warren’s return to his former workplace at the Leach Pottery in 2013, his reflections, memories and encounters. It was here he defined his philosophy as a potter and formed a lifelong friendship with Bernard Leach. His honesty, warmth and humour are infectious and shine though this film about a man who loved making pots!
Born in 1924 in Kansas City, he studied ceramics at The Art Institute in Chicago. After his three-year apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery, he established his own pottery in Stillwater Minnesota. In 1966 he was made a Professor of the University of Minnesota until he retired from teaching in 1990.
He was a fellow of the International Academy of Ceramics and in 1998 was honoured with the Gold Medal from the American Crafts Council. His work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York , the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum London.


Wednesday 15th September 8pm

Reg Meuross

The breadth and depth of Reg Meuross’s material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it.
Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.
Masterfully accompanying himself on his  ‘44 Martin six-string guitar, harmonica, tenor guitar, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.
“A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” – Martin Carthy


Thursday 16th September - 8pm

The Big Frug

Bob Devereux continues the Festival Frug tradition with an array of talented performers providing an evening of poetry, music and story-telling. Audience numbers limited so book early. 


Saturday 18th September  8pm

Rob Barratt and David Richey Improv – Stand-up – Poetry – Music

With a mix of comedy improvisation, poetry, stand-up, songs and music, laughter is guaranteed at an evening with Rob Barratt and David Richey.
They have been performing together and individually for many years, delighting audiences with their quick wit and charm.
The show comprises stand-up comedy from them both, hilarious poetry and wordplay from Rob, witty catchy songs from David, and special moments of glee in improvised scenes from the magic that comes when they spark off each other in the spirit of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ Regulars at the St Ives  September Festival, they love it and are delighted to be back!


Sunday 19th September

Showtime Academy’s Tribute to Roahl Dahl 3pm

Showtime Academy, who run performing arts classes for all ages and abilities in St Day, near Truro, will be performing snippets of their favourite Roahl Dahl stories – Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Join them for a fun journey to a world of pure imagination and support them in their fund-raising efforts. Free admission but please make a donations to the Showtime Academy.


Monday 20th September 1.30pm

‘No Holds Barred’ – The Life & Art of Matthew Lanyon 


(See Monday 13th September) 

Monday 20th September 8pm


An evening with BAFTA Award winner Mark Jenkin and a screening of his film ‘Bait’, plus a Q&A about the film, Mark’s current work and the Cornish film-making scene.

“One of the defining British films of the decade,” says BBC film critic Mark Kermode, Bait  won a host of prestigious awards including a BAFTA Best Breakthrough award for Mark Jenkin.

It’s war between the locals and tourists in a once-thriving Cornish fishing village in Cornish film-maker Mark’s dreamlike masterpiece.
His breakthrough feature is a thrillingly adventurous labour of love – a richly textured, rough-hewn gem in which form and content are perfectly combined.
A refreshingly authentic tale of tensions between locals and tourists in a once-thriving fishing village, it’s an evocative portrait of familiar culture clashes in an area where traditional trades and lifestyles are under threat.
Shot with clockwork cameras on grainy 16mm stock, which Jenkin hand-processed in his studio in Newlyn, Bait is both an impassioned paean to Cornwall’s proud past and a bracingly tragicomic portrait of its troubled present and possible future. A genuine modern masterpiece, which establishes Jenkin as one of the most arresting and intriguing British film-makers of his generation. 


Tuesday 21st September 8pm

Graphite & Co 


(See Tuesday 14th September)

Wednesday 22nd September 1.30pm

An American Potter in St Ives

Warren Mackenie


(See Wednesday 15th September) 

Wednesday 22nd September 7.30

Molly Hocking


St Ives’ own Molly Hocking, 2019 winner of ITV’s The Voice, will be making a long-awaited home-town return to the stage.

With huge support from Cornwall and around the country, at just 18 years of age Molly won The Voice – and a recording deal which saw her release the single ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ which went straight to No.1 in the iTunes singles chart.


Thursday 23rd September - 8pm

The Big Frug

Bob Devereux continues the Festival Frug tradition with an array of talented performers providing an evening of poetry, music and story-telling. Audience numbers limited so book early. 


Friday 24th September 2pm

The St Ives Fishermen’s Lodges

Film screening and project sharing

Presented by Janet Axten & Barbara Santi 

Explore the stories and history of the remarkable lodges unique to St Ives. The event will share the heritage project undertaken in conjunction with St Ives Archive over the last year, culminating in  a website and film which will be screened. The website includes rare oral histories, photos, film and poetry. 


Friday 24th September 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Alistair Brown: Songs and Stories

Alistair Brown, world-travelled St Ives based Scottish folk singer and musician, returns to the St Ives Arts Club following his 2019 sell-out performance.
Born in Scotland and for many years resident in St Ives, Alistair has travelled the world with his  folk songs and stories. Audiences at concerts and festivals across North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK have responded enthusiastically to his performances, covering the field from comic ditties, songs of struggle (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art.


Saturday 25th September 8pm

Global Jamming present Songs of Rebellion and Rewilding

An evening of rousing and captivating songs that take a stand against injustices and present a vision for a better world!
St Ives’ own Global Jamming present a host of artists and activists to entertain and engage – not forgetting some sing-alongs too!

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