Tate St Ives

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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
Coordinates50°12′53″N 5°28′57″W / 50.21472°N 5.48250°W / 50.21472; -5.48250Coordinates: 50°12′53″N 5°28′57″W / 50.21472°N 5.48250°W / 50.21472; -5.48250
Visitors221,628 (2017)[1]

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.

The Tate St Ives was built between 1988 and 1993 on the site of an old gasworks, it now receives around 210,000 visitors each year. 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.


In 1980, Tate group started to manage the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, dedicated to a St Ives artist closely linked with Henry Moore. 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 gas works and commissioned architects Eldred Evans and David Shalev, to design a building for the gallery in a similar style to the gas works. The building 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 January 2015, the Tate St Ives received £3.9 million to build an extension to the existing gallery,[3] with the intention of doubling the available space. The contract was awarded to BAM Construct UK, who would be adding a 1,200 square metres (13,000 sq ft) extension, with the original architect's involvement.[4][5] The Tate St Ives was closed in October 2015 for these works and remained closed until October 2017.[6]

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.[7] [8] Later that month, the Royal Institute of British Architects announced that the new Tate building had reached the shortlist for the 2018 Stirling Prize.[9]


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

Upcoming exhibitions include:

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  1. ^ "ALVA - Association of Leading Visitor Attractions". www.alva.org.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "History of Tate". Tate. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  3. ^ 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]
  4. ^ Parks, Liz (13 August 2015). "Tate St Ives to close for eight months for building work". Western Morning News. Archived from the original on 24 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  5. ^ "BAM moves onto main construction at Tate St Ives extension". The Construction Index. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Kennedy, Maev (5 July 2018). "'Breathtakingly beautiful': Tate St Ives wins museum of the year award". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Tate St Ives wins Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018". Art Fund. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Six of the best: Amazing buildings on RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist". BBC. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Rebecca Warren All That Heaven Allows". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Virginia Woolf An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Patrick Heron". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Nashashibi / Skaer Thinking through other artists". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Tate announces 2019 exhibition highlights". Tate. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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