The stunning seaside arm of the Tate gallery group provides fantastic views of the coast and a rolling programme of exhibitions.
Home of post-war British Modernism, the artistic legacy of the town provides the foundations for Tate St Ives, winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2018. The gallery was built to celebrate the artists as well as the surroundings and atmosphere that inspired them; its unique architecture recalls the white relief works of the artist Ben Nicholson, and the unexpected twists and turns of St Ives itself.
Tate St Ives opened in 1993, on a spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach, and has a lively and varied international exhibition programme. Exhibitions include major figures in British and international modern and contemporary art.
A four-year building project completed in 2017 doubled the space for showing art, adding almost 600 square metres of galleries, and created spectacular new studios for learning activities. The extension means the gallery is now able to give a permanent presence to iconic 20th-century artists who lived and worked in the town, including Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, and boasts a public roof garden.