Stanhope Forbes Anchor Studio in Newlyn to celebrate the renovation with a special open house


Anchor Studio in Newlyn has been restored to its former glory (Image: Alban Roinard)

An art studio that spawned the influential Newlyn School of Painting movement opens its doors to the public to celebrate the completion of its renovation.

The Anchor Studio in Newlyn, Cornwall, a grade II listed building, is where Stanhope Forbes, father of the Newlyn School, painted some of his most famous works of the late 19th century.

The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust, which hosts the open house, said the event will be “an exceptional opportunity to visit Anchor Studio to learn more about its heritage.”

A spokesperson said: “Architect Rolfe Kentish will be on hand to talk about the renovations. The day will also coincide with the opening of a new exhibition at Penlee House “Discovering Anchor Studio: an artists’ have in Newlyn”, which tells the story of this iconic building. “

Anchor Studio was built in 1888 for Stanhope Forbes, then bought from his widow in 1947 by John Wells, one of St Ives’ leading modernists.

Anchor Studio in Newlyn has been restored to its former glory (Image: Alban Roinard)

Forbes and his wife Elizabeth established the Newlyn School of Painting at Anchor which operated until 1940, attracting several students who became distinguished artists, including Frances Hodgkin, Dod and Ernest Proctor and John Wells. Jim Ede, founder of Kettles Yard, also studied at the school.

John Wells bequeathed Anchor to the trust, but over a century of storm exposure left the fabric of the building in very fragile condition and it was placed on England’s Historic Register “at risk”.

Chris Hibbert, Director of Trust, added: “I am very satisfied with the outcome of this renovation project. The care, sensitivity and attention to detail are remarkable. The transformation is amazing and is a truly inspiring studio for future generations of artists.

The architect Rolfe Kentish carried out the restoration with Symons Construction with funding from various donors, including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Arts Council England, Historic England, the Cornwall Council or the Cornwall Heritage Trust.

The current tenant of the studio is Emma Smith, a Cambridge-based artist, who is here to research for Gwelen, a new commission for the Coastal Path from Penzance to Marazion.

The open house will take place on Saturday September 25 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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