St Ives Arts Club has been in operation since its founding year in 1890.
Membership, originally restricted to professional artists, musicians and authors has been widened over the years to include, for example, drama, photography, comedy and even those with simply a keen interest in the arts.
The objectives of the society are to promote, develop and maintain public education and an appreciation of the arts in all their aspects by the presentation of public performance, concerts, recitals and exhibitions etc.
Currently the downstairs area of the club, the Agnes Naylor room, is mainly used for the exhibition of both members’ and non-members’ artistic works including painting and drawing, pottery, knitted objects and all kind of mixed media work.
There is also a coffee shop and other facilities in the downstairs room. To book this room contact the manager.
In addition to the full calendar of exhibitions in the downstairs area, upstairs the Arts Club boasts a fully equipped theatre with full lighting, sound-mixing desk and limited changing room space. The theatre capacity is limited to around 50 and can be laid out in either theatre or cabaret style, with tables and chairs which generates a truly intimate atmosphere.
The Club hosts a regular Café Frug on Thursday evenings (£4 non-members) showcasing a variety of eclectic performances from local artists, poets, musicians and writers.
To see the latest programme of events click here.