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About Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives
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Tate St Ives presents modern and contemporary art, often created in or associated with Cornwall. Its location in St Ives, with dramatic views across the town and harbour to the east and Porthmeor Beach to the north, provides a unique opportunity to view work in the surroundings in which, in many cases, it was actually created.

Since the late nineteenth century two 'schools' of art have grown up in west Cornwall, at Newlyn and St Ives. Before Tate St Ives opened in 1993, there had been no public gallery dedicated to the distinctive modern art of St Ives. Tate St Ives presents twentieth-century art in the context of Cornwall. At the heart of the programme of displays and activities is a body of work for which the town of St Ives is internationally known - the modernist art produced by artists associated with the town and its surrounding area from the 1920s onwards. The gallery also presents work by contemporary artists, often responding to the gallery's displays or to the broader Cornish scene. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden opened in 1976 and is part of Tate St Ives.

The displays at Tate St Ives change regularly, allowing a different selection from Tate's extensive collection of St Ives art to be shown each year. In addition, temporary exhibitions focus on a particular artist or theme. Through it's the Tate St Ives Artist Residency and programme of artists' projects, the Gallery encourages and enables the creation of new work relating to the local environment. Tate continues to acquire work for its collections, and remains committed to showing works associated with Cornwall in both London and Liverpool as well as in St Ives. Moreover, the links between the arts and artists of west Cornwall and other centres around the world mean that Tate St Ives also displays related works by non-Cornish artists.