The opening of Tate St Ives in 1993 stamped St Ives firmly on the map as Cornwall’s creative hub and a place of cultural significance to the international art world.
Overlooking Porthmeor Beach (and just along the road from the Sail Lofts luxury apartments), the Gallery itself is a stunning example of modern architecture. With dramatic views across the town and harbour to the east, and Porthmeor Beach to the north, it provides a unique opportunity to view works of art in the surroundings in which, in many cases, they were actually created.
Since the late nineteenth century two ‘schools’ of art had grown up in west Cornwall, at Newlyn and St Ives, and before Tate St Ives opened, there had been no public gallery dedicated to the distinctive modern art produced in the town. The Gallery now regularly displays works produced by members of the influential St Ives School, with pieces by leading international contemporary and modern artists from around the world. Through its Artist Residency program and other support projects, the Gallery encourages the creation of new work relating to the local environment. With a busy schedule of changing exhibitions, events, talks and activities for visitors, the Gallery also hosts a variety of community arts based activities throughout the year.
As part of our commitment in supporting the Tate, the Sail Lofts are Corporate Members, and as our guests you will receive complimentary entry to Tate St Ives, with a 10% discount on purchases from the Tate shop and cafe bar for the summer 2017 season. You’ll also receive complimentary entry to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden during this period, where you can explore the artist’s studio and gardens, and see a number of her original sculptures, drawings and paintings.
Tate St Ives is currently undergoing a major expansion project to transform existing spaces and create new areas for displaying more artwork, allowing visitors to engage more deeply with art.
The new gallery will be able to accommodate larger scale artworks and installations and give visitors a more relaxing and social visit. To see the work planned please follow the link below:
As a consequence of this work the gallery extension will remain closed until the works are completed, which is expected sometime in the autumn, however the main gallery space, shop and cafe are now re-open housing it’s summer exhibition The Studio and The Sea.