Visual Arts

Art Book Collections

We have produced a Visual Arts leaflet to tell you about the helpful service we offer.  The books are housed on two sites: Penzance Library and St Ives Library.

The subject coverage within the stock is wide-ranging with a particular emphasis Art History, World Art, Sculpture, Pottery, Architecture. We hold major reference sources of the editions of the following Grove's Dictionary of Art, Bénézit: Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, Art Price Manual, Mayer: International Auction Records, Royal Academy Exhibitors, Who's Who in Art and many more sources are available.

This collection has comprehensive subject coverage with particular emphasis on Photography, Fashion, Design and Specialist Cornish Art Books (contains many out-of-print books). This collection has been developed over the last 20 years and includes a large number of exhibition and sale catalogues. The important Newlyn and St Ives schools of painting are well represented. There is a collection of exhibition posters relating to local artists from 1975 to the present day, often the only example of an artist's work. We also have a collection of press cuttings relating to local artists. We also hold periodicals, we subscribe to Art Monthly (from January 2002), Artists Newsletter (from 1986), Arts Review (from 1994), Crafts (from 1994), Tate Magazine (from 1993)

We have a selection of videos about national and local artists including Karl Weschke and Kurt Jackson and on CD, a growing collection on artists, including Peter Lanyon and Doc Shiels

Wilson Art Abstracts. This indexes 260 periodicals worldwide, useful for further research on artists - Art Index Retrospective 1929-1984 and Art Index Current 1984 - present day.