The residency will be advertised in the June editions of Circa, Frieze and Variant magazines, and as a poster insert in the June edition of a-n Magazine.
The Porthmeor Studios have a unique quality and have made a significant impact on British Art history in relation to St Ives. In 1940, Nicholson, Hepworth and Gabo created the impetus for the development of late British Modernism in St Ives, drawing key figures in the visual arts to the area. Herbert Read, Rothko, Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, John Wells, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Bryan Wynter, Roger Hilton, Alan Davie and Terry Frost all became involved in the growing community of internationally recognised Modernist artists. Borlase Smart was one of the key people in the St Ives Society who focused on the idea of supporting young artists, drawn to the area. It was his legacy which allowed the purchase of the Porthmeor Studio Complex. Ben Nicholson occupied the studio for eight years and Patrick Heron painted there for forty-one years. Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham are amongst the many artists who have worked in this inspirational context.