Tate St Ives

The original Tate St Ives. Photo by Sarah Charlesworth.

New Tate St Ives to open on 14 October



On 14 October 2017 the transformation of Tate St Ives will be complete. A four-year building project will have doubled the space for showing art, adding almost 600 square metres of galleries, and created spectacular new studios for learning activities.

August 11, 2017. Source: Tate

The new project will have doubled the space for showing art, adding almost 600 square metres of galleries, and created spectacular new studios for learning activities. It will finally give Cornwall’s most popular gallery enough space to accommodate the quarter of a million visitors it welcomes each year – over three times the number for which it was originally designed – who bring £11 million annually to the local economy. For the first time, Tate St Ives will be able to give a permanent presence to those iconic 20th century artists who lived and worked in the town, demonstrating the role of St Ives in the story of modern art. This will be combined with a new programme of large-scale seasonal shows, beginning with British sculptor Rebecca Warren’s first major UK exhibition and continuing next summer with a retrospective of celebrated painter Patrick Heron.

The new gallery, sunk into the cliff alongside the original building, will offer artists and curators a column-free space lit by six huge skylights. Designed by the award-winning Jamie Fobert Architects, it will allow Tate St Ives to stay open all year round for the first time, without the need to close each time the exhibitions change. With a public garden on its roof, connected to the cliff above and the beach below, the new building will also add a collection care studio, loading bay, staff offices and visitor facilities. Clad in handmade ceramic tiles with a blue-green glaze, the building is designed to reflect the changing colours of the sky and sea.


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