Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives is an art gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, England, exhibiting work by modern British artists with links to the St Ives area. The Tate also took over management of another museum in the town, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, in 1980.

Tate St Ives
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Tate St Ives is located in Southwest Cornwall
Tate St Ives
Location within Southwest Cornwall
LocationSt Ives, Cornwall, England, UK
Coordinates50°12′53″N 5°28′57″W / 50.21472°N 5.48250°W / 50.21472; -5.48250
Visitors278,747 (2019)[1]

The Tate St Ives was built between 1988 and 1993 on the site of an old gasworks and looks over Porthmeor beach. In 2015, it received funding for an expansion, doubling the size of the gallery, and closed in October 2015 for refurbishment. The gallery re-opened in October 2017 and is among the most visited attractions in the UK.[1]


In 1980, Tate group started to manage the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, dedicated to the life and work of the renowned St Ives artist. The group decided to open a museum in the town, to showcase local artists, especially those already held in their collection.[2]

In 1988, the group purchased a former gasworks and commissioned architects Eldred Evans and David Shalev, to design a building for the gallery in a similar style to the gas works.[3] The building began in 1991, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Henry Moore Foundation and donations from the public.[3] It included a rotunda at the centre of the gallery, looking over Porthmeor Beach and was completed in 1993. The gallery opened in June 1993, the second of the Tate's regional galleries after Tate Liverpool, receiving more than 120,000 visitors before the end of the year.[2]

In 1999, to celebrate the solar eclipse (as St Ives was predicted to be the first British town to witness the event), Tate St Ives held an exhibition called As Dark as Light, exhibiting work from Garry Fabian Miller, Gia Edzveradze and Yuko Shiraishi alongside art from local schoolchildren.[4]

In 2012, Tate St Ives ran a competition for a design team to build a major extension, which was won by Jamie Fobert Architects.[5] In January 2015, the Tate St Ives received £3.9 million to contribute towards the new extension,[6] with the intention of doubling the available space in order to accommodate tourists throughout the year, without having to close between exhibitions. The building contract was awarded to BAM Construct UK, who would be adding a 1,200 square metres (13,000 sq ft) extension designed by Jamie Fobert, with the original architect's involvement in works to the existing building.[7][8] The Tate St Ives was closed in October 2015 for these works and remained closed for two years.[9]

Tate St Ives reopened in October 2017,[10] with the inaugural exhibition in the new 500m2 gallery a solo show by contemporary sculptor Rebecca Warren, 'All that heaven allows'.[11]

In July 2018, Tate St. Ives won the Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize, beating the other shortlisted museums (the Brooklands Museum, the Ferens Art Gallery, Glasgow Women's Library and the Postal Museum, London) to the £100,000 prize.[12][13] Later that month, the Royal Institute of British Architects announced that the new Tate building had reached the shortlist for the 2018 Stirling Prize.[14] It was beaten by the Bloomberg Building in London, by Foster + Partners.[15]


Notable exhibitions prior to the refurbishment include:

  • Simon Carroll, 8 October 2005 – 15 January 2006[16][17]
  • The Dark Monarch - Magic and Modernity in British Art, 10 October 2009 -10 January 2010[18]
  • The Indiscipline of Painting, 8 October 2011 – 3 January 2012[19] touring to Warwick Art Centre (2011/12)

Since the refurbishment, Tate St Ives has showcased the following exhibitions:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The exhibition was originally planned for May to October 2021,[34] but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[35]


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  5. ^ https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/archive/fobert-wins-tate-st-ives-project-for-a-second-time
  6. ^ Kirste Smith, CM (24 March 2016). "Government investment in Tate St Ives considered money well spent". The Cornishman. Retrieved 12 August 2016.[permanent dead link]
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  8. ^ "BAM moves onto main construction at Tate St Ives extension". The Construction Index. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  9. ^ Kriste Smith, CM (3 March 2016). "St Ives' Tate Gallery reopening delayed by ten months". The Cornishman. Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  10. ^ https://www.tate.org.uk/press/press-releases/new-tate-st-ives-opens
  11. ^ https://www.frieze.com/article/when-light-shifts
  12. ^ Kennedy, Maev (5 July 2018). "'Breathtakingly beautiful': Tate St Ives wins museum of the year award". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Tate St Ives wins Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018". Art Fund. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Six of the best: Amazing buildings on RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist". BBC. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  15. ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize 2018". RIBA. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  16. ^ Emmanuel Cooper (8 April 2009). "An ingenious potter, he took an unconventional approach to both his life and his work". The Guardian.
  17. ^ "Simon Carroll". Tate St Ives. 8 October 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  18. ^ Clark, Martin; Bracewell, Michael; Rowlands, Alun. "The Dark Monach: Magic and Modernity in British Art". Tate. Tate. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  19. ^ Clark, Martin; Sturgis, Daniel; Shalgosky, Sarah. "The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960s to Now". Tate. Tate. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  20. ^ "Rebecca Warren All That Heaven Allows". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Virginia Woolf An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Patrick Heron". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Nashashibi / Skaer Thinking through other artists". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Amie Siegel: Provenance". Tate St. Ives. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  25. ^ a b "Tate announces 2019 exhibition highlights". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  26. ^ Bird, Michael (26 May 2019). "Huguette Caland, Tate St Ives, review: joy of sex loses its rosy intimacy". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 20 July 2019 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  27. ^ "Lebanese modernist master Huguette Caland makes British debut". The National. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  28. ^ "First major exhibition of Naum Gabo to be held in the UK for over 30 years". Tate. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  29. ^ Freeman, Laura (1 February 2020). "Spiralling tributes to air, flight and lift-off: Naum Gabo at Tate St Ives reviewed". The Spectator. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  30. ^ "Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors". Tate. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  31. ^ "Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors". Tate. Archived from the original on 20 March 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  32. ^ Vanessa Thorpe (16 May 2021). "'We're ready for you': English galleries and museums throw open their doors". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  33. ^ "Petrit Halilaj". Tate. Archived from the original on 25 July 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  34. ^ José Da Silva (10 July 2020). "Women artists to dominate Tate's 2021 solo shows". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  35. ^ "Petrit Halilaj". Tate. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  36. ^ "Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life". Tate. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  37. ^ "Casablanca Art School". Tate. Retrieved 29 March 2023.

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