Active Art Wall - Take Part Online For Free!
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The Active Art Wall is open, even though the RWA is closed! Why not take part and add your own artwork?

What do you imagine you would find in St. Ives… Shells? Buckets and spades? Starfish? Ice cream? Interesting buildings? Draw it, send it to and we will add it to the Art Wall for everyone to enjoy.

There are spaces in the painting on the wall for you to add buildings, plenty of room for shells on the beach, and what about in the sky? The seaside scene below will grow and change, because more people will want to add their drawings to it.

How the Art Wall usually works...

Normally, the Art wall is an actual wall that gets painted in response to each of our major exhibitions. Children, families and the young at heart use paper and pens on the art trolley on the landing, and then stick their drawings onto the wall.

This is a photo of the full-sized wall - a painting of St Ives, and now we will add your drawings to it digitally. Even though you cannot physically see the exhibitions in the galleries, why not browse the exhibitions on our website for inspiration? 


About our Exhibitions

Our current exhibitions are Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Inspirational Journeys, and St Ives: Movements in Art and Life

West Cornwall’s special quality of light has drawn painters to St Ives since the beginning of the nineteenth century. The extension of the Great Western Railway to West Cornwall in 1877, which improved access to the town, made St Ives even more appealing as a destination for artists. 

Several artists moved to St Ives upon the outbreak of the Second World War and other artists began to arrive in the 1950s as the town became better known as a centre for art. The landscape and light shaped their ideas around abstraction, and they used the shapes, forms and colours as a source for much of their work.

Our Art Wall for this exhibition is painted to look like a railway poster from some time between 1930-1950. 

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