Mark Dion installation at Porthmeor Studio

These historic artist studios in St Ives have seen the creation of works by internationally significant figures such as Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Francis Bacon and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. The extremely fragile building received funding for major renovations in 2010 and is now being carefully restored in stages.

In March 2013 Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange was invited to take part in the project by helping to develop a programme for young people. Artist Mark Dion was commissioned to produce a piece of work which reflects the studio’s joint fishing and artistic history. Four schools, all in fishing communities in Cornwall, were asked to take part, beginning with a workshop with Mark Dion in October 2013.