A trip to the new Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1TG

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Rather than battle the crowds, I’ll admit I left it a week before I visited the new gallery space at the Tate St Ives, which at present is housing a solo exhibition by Rebecca Warren. It was certainly a sight to behold; a large industrial space 500m2 with neutral white walls, grey concrete beams and roof lights allowing the sunshine to flood in. Quite a contrast to the last few holiday makers of the season splashing around in the sea outside and yet somehow it blends naturally into its new surroundings. The Tate St Ives (which first opened it’s doors in June 1993) was originally built on the site of an old gasworks, and although it’s only a personal view, I do feel this new extension almost pays homage to these industrial roots.  Designed by Jamie Fobert Architects, it’s sunk deep into the cliffs and very cleverly doubles the size if the original building without dominating the landscape. To read more about the creative vision behind this project click HERE.

Excitingly, there’s also for the first time a new permanent Modern Art And St Ives display, dedicated to exhibiting the works of modern British artists across the 20th century with links to the St Ives area.

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