TEAM DAY - ST IVES
On the 5th October, it was newest Märraum team member Julian's turn to choose the venue. He decided on the stunning town of St Ives, so we travelled down by train, taking in the stunning Cornish coastline. Once we arrived in St Ives, we made our way to our first stop at the Yallah coffee kiosk on the sea front, for a warming drink before heading up to the St Ives school of painting for some training.
The school of painting opened in 1938, as a place for local artists and fishermen to use the same building in order to carry out their livelihoods. The fishermen still to this day use the lower levels of the building in almost the same way they did over 50 years ago, and the upper floors are used as studios, meeting and lecture spaces but he students at the school. As well as students, the school has played host to many famous artists, all using studios 5,9, and 11 as part of the artist's residency programme at the school. Artists included Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Patrick Heron amongst others.
The school was renovated by architect MJ Long in 2010, reusing materials taken from the original building, in order for the school to continue moving forwards.
The team enjoyed looking around the school and Fisherman's cellars, and were rather distracted by the view from the meeting room we were using to hold a brainstorming meeting. Once over the initial 'wow' of the view, we were very productive putting together ideas for Märraum's marketing strategy. After this we walked through the pretty town and headed to the Hub for a spot of lunch - I have to say, their Vegan chilli covered chips were absolutely fantastic!
After lunch, we headed to Porthmeor beach to carry out a beach clean. Märraum are extremely active as members of Surfers Against Sewage, and we have to say that the beach was exceptionally clean in comparison to others we have been to! A breath of fresh air definitely picked up the team for an afternoon of visiting the Tate gallery.
In true Märraum style we finished off the day with a loverly meal. This time a short train trip into Lelant where we stopped off in Scarlet Wines. Recommended by Adam and Daisy as the place to eat in that area, we had to check it out. Full of fine wine and great food we will definitely have to stop there again.