Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
TR26 1TG







01736 796226


01736 794480

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Tate St Ives
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Tate St Ives is an art gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. It does not have a permanent collection, instead, it celebrates the best of international modern and contemporary art with 3 seasons of exhibitions a year.

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Opening hours

March – October, Daily 10.00–17.20
November – February, Tuesday – Sunday 10.00–16.20

Admission charges

Tate St Ives only – £6.50 (concessions £3.90)
Barbara Hepworth Museum only – £5.50 (concessions £3.25)
Joint site admission – £10 (concessions £5.50)
Tate Members, Patrons and people aged 18 and under – Free
Art Pass: unlimited seven-day access to both Tate sites plus the Leach Pottery, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, and Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange – £14.50 (concessions £8.50)

Additional info

To book a wheelchair for loan, please call 01736 796226. 24 hours notice is ideal, although we do endeavour to make wheelchairs available on demand.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection

  • 14 October 2014 — 10 May 2015 *on now

Pioneering artists from across Europe, the Americas and Japan will be shown at Tate St Ives for the first time in The Modern Lens.

This will be the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery. Looking at developments in international photography from the 1920s to the 1960s, the exhibition uncovers the sense of curiosity and experimentation as artists harnessed the medium in new ways.

Photography was used to explore ideas of abstraction, developed in tandem with the emergence of wider modernist languages across the globe. It also demonstrated the significance of a local perspective, as artists combined the broad influences of abstraction, constructivism and surrealism with their own contexts. There are images of rural landscapes, organic formations, manmade objects and industrial materials, as well as of urban architecture.


£7.00 per person



ARTIST ROOMS: Dan Flavin – Tate St Ives

  • 23 May — 27 September 2015

For summer 2015 Tate St Ives will continue its biennial series of one-room displays by a mix of contemporary and historic artists.

Part of this will include an ARTIST ROOMS display of the work of Dan Flavin. Summer 2015 will feature artists who respond to the architecture of Tate St Ives, as well as to the histories, geography and location of St Ives and will address a number of inter-related themes around materiality and minimalism, and colour and bodies in space.



Terry Frost and Jessica Warboys

  • 10 October 2015 — 10 January 2016

On the event of his centenary year, this dual billing presents Sir Terry Frost alongside contemporary artist Jessica Warboys.

Although conceived as distinct solo shows, the exhibitions consider the two artists’ shared use of symbolism, vocabulary of forms, and playful approach to landscape and experience.

Sir Terry Frost was committed to the principles of abstraction from the early 1950s, and for over fifty years evolved a personal language imbued with the sensational experience of being in the world. This exhibition explores his essential ideas around space and form through themes of performance, construction and play.

Jessica Warboys’s practice employs a variety of media, ranging from sculpture, film, and performance to large format canvases including sea paintings. Her work often departs from personal or collective memories, be it historical, mythical or fictional.


£7.00 per person



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Schools and Teachers


All the resources you need for teaching art in the classroom from Teachers' Packs to Teacher Training.

Super Sundays

A regular programme of free hands-on creative activities to engage, challenge and inspire, held at Tate St Ives for you to drop into between 11.00-16.00.

How to obtain

There's no need to book for Super Sundays, just drop in. Contact Tate St Ives on visiting.stives@tate.org.uk or call 01736 796226 for more details.

The Case of the Mysterious Object