If you intend to visit several of the major local galleries, we recommend you purchase an Art Pass. This allows you unlimited access over seven days, working out to be a lot cheaper.
Here are just some of the local galleries and museums in and around St Ives.
The Tate St Ives is the town's world-class gallery. Located on Porthmeor beach, the setting is perfect. The exhibitions change throughout the year, showing work from a mixture of St Ives artists and from the Tate's collection. The Tate St Ives is worth a visit, if not for the current exhibition then for the stunning architecture and setting. There is a cafe inside that serves lovely cakes and a roof terrace aside from it.
Hepworth, who died in 1975, asked in her will that Trewyn Studios and the adjacent garden, with a group of her sculptures placed as she wished, be preserved and permanently open to the public. Visiting the museum and garden is a unique experience, which gives remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most influential twentieth-century artists.
St Ives Museum
Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is amongst the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world.
Over the last hundred years it has forged the shape of studio pottery production in the UK and beyond. Today the newly restored Leach Pottery Studio, museum & gallery are continuing the development of Bernard Leach's historic legacy.
Learning opportunities at the Leach pottery range from workshops and family friendly creative sessions to professional development, incentive courses and postgraduate studies.
Visit their website for more information.
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