St Ives Art
West Cornwall’s rugged landscapes cradled by stunning coastlands create a stirring canvas. Providing a wealth of natural light reflected from the surrounding Atlantic unhindered by city skylines or streetlights means that the world presents itself in an altogether organic, uninhibited way.
Artists, musicians, writers and poets have long found haven amongst the sublime southwest, particularly the wild realms of the far west where the magnetism of nature is as awe-inspired as it is omnipresent.
A cultural hub for artists of all genres, St Ives is famed for its long and distinguished list of creatives, including Barbara Hepworth, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Naum Gabo, Bernard Leach and Alfred Wallis, to name a few.
Exploring art in St Ives is easy. Housing galleries and museums aplenty, its rich and diverse art scene is presented in a myriad of forms at every cobbled turn.
The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardens is an absolute must-see, giving a wonderful insight and striking showcase of one of Britain’s most prolific twentieth century sculptors.
No visit to St Ives is complete without absorbing the artworks contained within the sculpted master structure that is, Tate St Ives. Expect an eclectic mix of modern and classic exhibitions, while a schedule of talks, presentations, tours, workshops and activities accommodate everyone from budding and professional artists to families and children.
Hands in Art makes for an especially fun day out, giving under 5s the chance to get messy and creative under the Tate’s coveted roof. Meanwhile, adults can dabble or develop their skills with St Ives School of Painting’s drop in courses and art workshops that introduce everything from portraiture painting to printmaking and life drawing.
St Ives September Festival celebrates the town’s artistic heritage and contemporary scene with a packed itinerary of events encompassing music, literature and art. A host of workshops, classes, exhibitions and open studios presents a multitude of ways to engage with art in St Ives, with entertainment through film, theatre, comedy and live music completing the two-week cultural extravaganza.
Book your holiday in Barbara Hepworth’s former house and one of Carbis Bay Holiday’s most prized properties, Chy-an-Kerris or opt for former St Ives School of Artists haunt, Tremorna for the rare chance to experience your own artist’s residence.