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Tate St Ives - Modern Art, Beautiful Views & Family Fun

September 08, 2020

Tate St Ives Cornwall

Tate St Ives - Modern Art, Beautiful Views & Family Friendly Fun

The Tate St Ives sits overlooking Porthmeor Beach in the old gas works building. It has lots of modern art, holds exhibitions, talks and events. In the school holidays there are art sessions for the children which are brilliant. They also have a lovely cafe and shop.

We live a 5 minute (okay 10 with the kids in tow) walk from The Tate and so we pop in regularly.


Things We Love About The Tate St Ives

  • Works by local artists. We love the Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Barbara Hepworth, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Patrick Heron works. Also Terry Frost, Bernard Leach and Peter Lanyon.
  • Works by very famous artists. There are impressive works by Matisse, Mondrian, Henry Moore and Picasso.
  • Interactive art exhibits. We love the art works where you can get involved. There has been several - ones where you could take a ribbon with a message on and another where you could write messages. These draw people in and make them happy!
  • Art work created by local children. I'm a bit biased as my child has contributed to several pieces that have been displayed here. It is wonderfully encouraging for them though and the Tate St Ives do get this just right.
  • Toddler Tate. These brilliantly creative sessions for young children are lovely to attend.
  • Family Friendly Art Days. We have taken our 6 and 10 year olds and their friends to lots of these during the school holidays. Our favourites are the ones on the beach where they get to create works of art in the sand or in the water.
  • The concerts with local school children. The Children In Need choir was amazing and I love it when the Samba Band plays in the entrance.
  • The view. The view from the main big gallery is breathtaking. It surpasses all of the art works on show there.
  • The shop and cafe. These are lovely, lots of art inspired things to buy (great for birthday presents) and a very good cafe with a superb view.
  • The locals pass. This is utterly brilliant and has meant that we can pop in for a look frequently - which seems to be developing our love of modern art!

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