Tate St Ives
Inspiring art and breath-taking scenery
Inspiring art and breath-taking scenery meet at Tate St Ives. The iconic gallery overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and showcases some of the best-loved British artworks of the twentieth century alongside an ever-changing programme of exhibitions embracing the best of International modern and contemporary art.
Discover how a small fishing town became an art capital of the world
Discover how a small fishing town became an art capital of the world, and how St Ives became famous as a centre of abstract art after the second world war. Encounter iconic art works by celebrated figures including Barbara Hepworth, Marlow Moss, Peter Lanyon, Sandra Blow and Patrick Heron. The displays reveal the relationships between artists associated with St Ives and wider events in art history, also featuring work from the Tate Collection by Pablo Picasso, Louise Bourgeois, Henry Moore and Turner Prize winner Veronica Ryan OBE.
The building is every bit as impressive as the art you will find inside. The site is a former gasworks overlooking Porthmeor Beach and the Atlantic Ocean and the curved structure reflects these origins, particularly the rotunda at the heart of the gallery. It opened in June 1993 and now welcomes around 240,000 visitors per year, three times the original number forecast.
During refurbishment of Tate, the magnificent Clore Sky Studio was added to the top of the gallery with an expanse of outdoor space and a conical shaped roof, which crowns the building. For the first time, Tate St Ives can provide a permanent presence to those iconic 20th century artists who lived and worked in the town, demonstrating the role of St Ives in the story of modern art. There is also a changing programme of large-scale seasonal shows.