From the Newlyn School's nineteenth century introduction of en plein-air realism (or naturalism), to the abstract modernism of the twentieth century St. Ives School, artists in the far west of Cornwall have been at the forefront of artistic development in the UK for a century. Along the way, off-shoots in Falmouth and Lamorna have added to this rich heritage of prominent artists.  Common to all the schools and colonies has been an experience of immersion in West Cornwall; with its ancient landscapes, busy fishing ports and enveloping ocean; and living and working amongst its working people.

Newlyn School St Ives School, Modernists St Ives School, Impressionists Falmouth Contemporary