St Ives is a world famous art centre. The renowned Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum has a worldwide reputation. With many art galleries and studios, exhibiting work from local artists, the following are a selection but you will find many more hidden away amongst the cobbled streets of St Ives. For more information, click on the following link which will re direct you to the CARBIS BAY HOLIDAYS website.
The Tate Gallery was opened in 1993 by H.R.H. Prince Charles and is one of St Ives leading attractions. boasting a fantastic display of art created in and associated with Cornwall. Open year round, there is a gift shop and a cafe with panoramic views over the Bay. Visit the Tate St Ives website for opening hours, and admission costs.
Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and young family in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios, now the Hepworth Museum from 1949 until her death in 1975. She is considered as one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists. Her sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the Museum and Garden. Visit the Barbara Hepworth website for more information.
The Leach Pottery is managed by the Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust Ltd, a registered charity, and was founded in 2005. The museum dedicated to the life's work of Bernard Leach who settled in St Ives in 1920 bringing with him the skills of pottery and ceramics which he gained from his experiences in Japan. His influence on the many students who studied under him, together with his own pieces are illustrated in the museum. Visit the Leach Pottery website for more information.
The St Ives museum is situated in the old fishing quarter of the town and overlooking St Ives Bay. It contains many varied displays and collections relating to the St Ives locality. Collections include: paintings by the early artists of St Ives, hand-printed silk and linens, children's toys, ceramics, crafts and tools, Hain Steamship Company, lifeboat, mining, St Ives railway branch line and unique photographs.