St Ives

United Kingdom

Porthmeor Beach
TR26 1TG
Phone: 01736 796226 (internation

Tate St Ives

The small Cornish town of St Ives has attracted painters for over a century, amongst its early visitors were J.M.W. Turner, Whistler and the young Sickert.

The Gallery occupies a spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach close to the home of Alfred Wallis and to the studios used by many of the artists whose works are exhibited. It is designed to show works of art in the surroundings and atmosphere in which they were created.

In 1928, on a visit to St Ives, Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood discovered the work of retired mariner Alfred Wallis whose untutored paintings of town and seascapes had a profound influence on the development of their work.

In 1939, with the outbreak of war, Nicholson returned to settle in St Ives with Barbara Hepworth and they were joined by Naum Gabo, thus establishing in West Cornwall an outpost for the abstract avant-garde, international in outlook but strongly rooted in the local landscape. The potter, Bernard Leach, had been working in St Ives since 1920 and the ceramic tradition which he established with Shoji Hamada adds a further dimension to St Ives' international standing.

After the war the emergence of a younger generation including Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Peter Lanyon, John Wells, Terry Frost, Bryan Wynter, Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton had a decisive effect on the development of painting in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.

Many artists are associated with St Ives and West Cornwall, its rich history and its vivid artistic life.

Permanent Collection

Collection Displays at Tate St Ives

Modernism in St Ives
3 February - 13 May 2007

A new display of works from the Tate Collection including Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon - highlighting the story of Modernism in St Ives through the work of this unique group of artists. Also on show will be works by Karl Weschke to complement the Francis Bacon display


Art Now Cornwall
3 February – 13 May 2007

Bernard Leach and his Circle
3 February – 13 May 2007

Bryan Pearce
3 February – 13 May 2007

Francis Bacon in St Ives
3 February – 13 May 2007

Helen Feiler Jewellery
3 February – 13 May 2007

Previous Exhibitions

For informationa about previous exhibitons at the Tate St Ives please see,

Forthcoming exhibitions

If Everybody had an Ocean: Brian Wilson: An Art Exhibition
26 May – 23 September 2007

This exhibition of art since the 1960s takes as its premise the life and music of Brian Wilson, the main creative force behind the Beach Boys between 1962 and 1967. Loosely chronological, the paintings, sculptures, installations, photo-text works and films evoke the trajectory of Wilson's life and music along with contemporaneous developments in art history and Southern California. Here, Wilson's music becomes a prism through which to view various developments in recent art history, while the work of thirty-one artists (half of whom come from Los Angeles) offer unexpected perspectives on the complexities of Wilson's cultural achievement. This relationship is reinforced by Tate St Ives' stunning backdrop: Porthmeor Beach, a glorious stretch of sand where surf is usually up.


Tate St Ives Only
£5.75 (£3.25 concessions)

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Tate St Ives Admission
£8.75 (£4.50 concessions)

Free Admission
Admission is free for Tate Members and people who are 18 and under or 60 and over. Join Tate Members and enjoy free entry for yourself and a guest to exhibitions, private views, special events, art courses and TATE ETC., the Tate magazine.

Note: admission to the Barbara Hepworth Museum may be restricted in the high season to prevent overcrowding.

Opening hours

Tate St Ives
March - October
Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.20, last admission 17.00
November - February
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 16.20, last admission 16.00

Changes to Displays

Tate St Ives will be closed for rehanging on the following dates:
Sunday 22 January - Friday 2 February 2007
Monday 14 - Friday 26 May 2007

Getting there

On Foot
The Gallery is within walking distance of St Ives town centre and Porthmeor beach.

By Train
A frequent rail service operates between Paddington and St Ives via Reading, Exeter, Plymouth, Bodmin, Truro, St Erth and Penzance, stopping at most smaller stations en route. A scenic branch line operates from St Erth to St Ives. Detailed information on these services, facilities and fares can be obtained by telephoning the National Rail Enquiry Service (0845 748 4950).

By National Express Coach
There are six services daily from Victoria Coach Station, London, via Heathrow, Plymouth, Liskeard, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, St Ives and Penzance - stopping at most small towns en route. Detailed information can be obtained by contacting National Express (0870 580 8080).

Local Bus Services
There are regular local services into St Ives from most towns in Cornwall. For times, fares and savings for regular travellers on Western National, Hoppa and National Express services telephone 0870 580 8080 or Traveline on 0870 608 2608.

By Car
Tate St Ives is located in the town of St Ives, Cornwall. Allow at least 15-20 minutes from the A30. Parking in St Ives is limited, see Park and Ride below.

A shuttle bus service runs throughout the year between the Coach/Car Park and Royal Square which is a five minute walk from Tate St Ives, call St Ives Tourist Information for details (01736 796297).

Park and Ride
A park and ride service operates on the St Erth Branch line at St Erth and Lelant Saltings during peak season. More information from Wessex Trains (0845 6000 880) or contact National Rail Enquiries (0845 748 4950). Visitors using the Train Park and Ride re...+ [ Read all ]


There is ramp and lift access suitable for wheelchair users to all floors at Tate St Ives. There is a specially adapted toilet for disabled visitors.

BSL communicators for the deaf are available on request.

Other facilities include café, shop, baby changing facilities and parent and baby room.

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News and events

Tate St Ives offers daily Free Talks Monday – Saturday. Extra free talks take place at Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum during holiday and ‘special’ periods.

Specialist Talks at Tate St Ives are designed to complement our current exhibitions and feature internationally renowned artists, art critics, art historians, curators and cultural commentators. Specialist talks and panel discussions last 1 – 1.5 hours and are followed by open discussion.

Advanced booking is recommended for all events and activities. For further information call 01736 791114 or email

Films are occasionally screened at Tate St Ives to complement and enhance our exhibition programme and Collection displays. Check the website for more details.


Each new exhibition forms an ideal starting point from which to explore diverse interpretations of works of art. Courses & Workshops at Tate St Ives have a practical focus; including artist-led courses running over two days, focused 'study days' and workshop series for children. Tate St Ives courses aim to challenge, stimulate and surprise.

Advanced booking is recommended for all events. For further information call 01736 791114 or email


Groups visiting Tate St Ives can make the choice between a self directed visit, booking a tour guide or booking a practical artist-led workshop.


St Ives is able to offer visiting education groups the unique facility of presenting modern art in a building of outstanding architectural design, set in an area known for its inspirational landscape and in the context of the artistic heritage of St Ives.

The Education Department supports and enriches classroom practice through a variety of services and events, designed to extend knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary art and to bring art into the lives of our visitors. Through encouraging pupils and teachers to engage with the different types of artwork on display, we wish to promote confidence in being in the gallery environment and self-confidence in personal interpretations of art.

Sessions at Tate St Ives often focus as their starting point on the St Ives group of artists; a period of time and place most associated with Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo, Peter Lanyon, Terry Frost and Patrick Heron (amongst others). Exhibitions draw on both British and international works in the Tate Collection and works from other public and private collections. The sessions emphasise, different strategies for looking at art, the possibility of many meanings in a single artwork, the relationship between visual art and broader cultural concerns and new approaches to interpreting or creating art.

Features of our approach to teaching and learning are:
Using our visitors' ideas, knowledge and experience as a primary tool for engaging with art
Developing the critical, conceptual and analytical skills to look at and interpret art
Providing opportunities for lively discussion and debate
Education at Tate St Ives offers a range of services for schools...+ [ Read all ]


There is always something for families to do at the Gallery. Activity packs, interactive talks and a friendly staff team ensure that Tate St Ives provides ways for children and adults to explore the exhibitions.

Special and Holiday Activities

Family Activity Buckets Saturday 31 March – Saturday 14 April 2007


There are a wide range of membership options for more information about the benefits of joining the tate please see,


The Tate relies very much upon the generosity and support of individuals. It is only with this help that Tate is able to realise its potential and be acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of British culture today.

The annual support from Patrons provides much needed funding for acquisitions, exhibitions, conservation and education projects which are at the heart of Tate's endeavours. By continuing to give each year, Patrons are able to develop a special relationship with Tate and establish a level of involvement that suits them personally.

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