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Arts & Culture

St Ives is the art centre of West Cornwall.  Artists were attracted to the area from the 19th Century onwards.  In the 20th Century, St Ives became a haven for giants of British Modernism, notably Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.  St Ives and the surrounding area is alive with an artistic heritage and sensibility found nowhere else in south-western England.  The Tate St Ives offers constantly changing exhibitions as well as its remarkable permanent collection of art.

You can also enjoy the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Gardens, Belgrave, St Ives Society of Artists, the Alexandra Dickens Studio Gallery, Back Road Artworks and Porthminster Gallery. For a list of galleries please click here

There's also regular productions by the acclaimed youth theatre company Kidz R Us and the St Ives September Festival, an exceptional two week programme of music, art and literature.

For craft lovers, St Ives is a must - you'll find many outlets and studios to visit.  You can also experience the work of pottery legend Bernard Leach at the Leach Pottery in Higher Stennack, three quarters of a mile outside of the town centre and definitely worth a visit!

Back Road Artworks

Back Road Artworks

 Located in the quaint Downalong area of St Ives and in the former premises of the renowned Stevens Fish Shop, Back Road Artworks is an exciting new venture.  First opening in December 2012, this is a large, inviting studio space where a collective of six local artists permanently show their paintings but which also offers visitors the opportunity to see them at work as the central area of the gallery is a workspace, full with easels, art  materials and work in progress.  The gallery is rehung every month which keeps the display fresh and interesting for visitors. 

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden is a unique experience, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists.

Barnoon Workshop

Barnoon Workshop

A creative space offering arts and crafts activities all year round. We offer courses for adults, and for families during school holiday times. All our activities are designed for all abilities and usually include all materials.

Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives

Overlooking Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives displays the best of international modern and contemporary art...
It was opened in 1993 to celebrate the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists’ colony. The gallery offers a lively programme that embraces the best of international modern and contemporary art, presenting temporary exhibitions, special commissions and works from the Tate Collection.

Tate St Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which gives a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century sculptors.

Free guided tours are given daily at 11.30 and 14.30 at Tate St Ives and 13.00 at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden (Free with admission)Visit the Gallery's own website for their programme of talks and special events.

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