Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives is an art gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, England, exhibiting work by modern British artists, including work of the St Ives School. The three story building, designed by architects Evans and Shalev, lies on the site of an old gas works, overlooking Porthmeor Beach. It was opened in 1993, the second regional gallery in the Tate Gallery network. However, the Tate also manages an earlier property in St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden which it opened in 1980.

An extension to the gallery has been proposed in response to the large numbers of visitors the gallery attracts, with the aims of providing better education spaces and accommodating larger works of art. The plans have met with fierce objections from some parts of the local community. On 20th July 2010, Cornwall Council successfully bought the land for the proposed extension from the Penwith Housing Association which has pledged to use the money to build more homes for elderly people in the town.

Whilst Tate St Ives seeks to preserve the history of twentieth-century art in St Ives, the gallery also exhibits new work from artists working further afield. The gallery’s artist residency programme aims to develop the professional practice of artists who live and work in Cornwall.

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  1. Katerina, 7 years ago

    I visited the Tate in St Ives a couple of weeks ago and I was highly disappointed. A total rip-off, 10 minutes is all you need to see all the “art” that is on display (e.g. one of the rooms is currently half full of white balloons, the other is devoted to driftwood reliefs from pieces of flotsam found on the beach). Don’t waste your time and money and go and explore the local artists’ galleries available all around St Ives; they are for free… and much more interesting.

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