Tate St Ives exterior
Tate St Ives exterior

A branch of the Tate Gallery in London, Tate St. Ives recognises the unique contributions of the St Ives area to the heritage of art in Britain, particularly in the 20th century. The area became a thriving artists' colony in the years following WWII, with special popularity among avant-garde and abstract artists. Among the first 20th century artists to popularise St Ives were Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo.

The museum, which was officially opened by Prince Charles in 1993, is wonderfully situated overlooking Porthmeor, a popular surfing beach. Quite apart from the art represented in the museum, the building itself is striking, and has been the recipient of several architectural awards.

The pieces of art on display at the Tate are rotated from among the 300 or so works in the museum collection. There are also regular exhibitions of contemporary art and educational programmes.

Unfortunately we were not allowed to photograph any of the art on display inside the Tate Gallery, but we were allowed to take some photos of the gallery itself.

Inside the gallery entrance lobby
Inside the gallery entrance lobby
Artwork lines the circular inner stairwell
Artwork lines the circular inner stairwell
Skylights in the stunning rotunda gallery
Skylights in the stunning rotunda gallery

About Tate St. Ives
Address: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England, TR26 1TG
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: by Porthmeor Beach in St Ives
Website: Tate St. Ives
Email: visiting.stives@tate.org.uk
Phone: 01736 796 226
Location map
OS: SW517 408
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


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St Ives
Information Centre
The Guildhall
St Ives
TR26 2DS
Tel: 01736 796297
Email: info@visitstives.org.uk
Web: http://www.visitstives.org.uk/