Now in its 54th year, the New Craftsman is the oldest art gallery in St Ives and has a prestigious history associated with the St Ives School, the Leach Pottery and now the very best in contemporary Cornish art and craft.
Established in 1962 by Janet Leach, the wife of Bernard Leach and an acclaimed potter in her own right, Janet was later joined by business partner Mary ‘Boots’ Redgrave. The gallery has been owned since 2008 by Ylenia and Paul Haase and continues to be regarded as one of the country’s most important and influential galleries.
Gallery Director Ylenia and assistants Amanda Ray and James Barry are on hand daily, along with highly respected art expert Michael Hunt who has held the position of manager at the New Craftsman for over 50 years.
Historically one of the most important spaces for 20th century artists in St Ives, the gallery supported the early careers of figures such as Peter Lanyon, Bryan Winter, Patrick Heron and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and continues to show original paintings by both emerging and established Cornish artists alongside a varied range of contemporary crafts including glass, automata, wood, handmade jewellery, ceramic sculptures and metalwork.
Our bright, dynamic ground floored space is the perfect backdrop for our wide selection of works, while our first floor hosts an ever changing programme of exhibitions by Cornwall and the UKs best artists and designer makers.
Find us at the foot of the hill that leads from Fore Street to the Barbara Hepworth Museum.