St Ives is a beautiful seaside town with the sea and sky combining to produce a wonderful aspect of light which draws artists and craftspeople to explore their creativity to the full. There are a plethora of art galleries, museums, craft and workshops within the town and we have recommended some of our favourite places below:

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Gain a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists with a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Scultpure Garden, previously Trewyn studio, where the artist lived and worked.

Visit and explore the unique garden she created for her bronze and stone scultpures, which are intergrated into the sub-tropical planting. Paintings, drawings and archive material are also displayed in the museum and artist’s workshop.



Newlyn Art Gallery & Exchange

Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn, Cornwall, UK. Opened in 1895, designed by James Hicks of Redruth and financed by John Passmore Edwards the gallery was conceived as a home and exhibition venue for the Newlyn School of Art the works of which are now largely located at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in nearby Penzance.

Following an architectural design competition managed by RIBA Competitions, the gallery was redeveloped and a second venue The Exchange in Penzance, was opened in 2007. With two venues it offers a wide and varied programme across two sites. The focus at Newlyn Art Gallery is on painting and drawing. Artists working in other media continue to be a part of the programme on occasions, but two-dimensional work is the clear focus. Recent shows have included major retrospectives by Roger Hilton and Breon O’Casey. As a dog-friendly venue, dogs on leads are allowed to visit the gallery.



Porthminster Gallery

The award-winning Porthminster Gallery in St Ives was founded in 1999 by art gallery directors David Durham and Dee Bray, and champions art by the very best collectable, and up-and-coming names in British art.

The gallery relocated to its current premises in September 2020, after ten years based at Westcott’s Quay in St Ives.

A large and characterful exhibitions space hosts changing shows and ongoing collections of paintings, original prints, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery by well-established and emerging British artists, alongside investment artworks by collectable St Ives and Modern British names.

Friendly and knowledgable staff welcome your visit.



Tate Art Gallery

Visit the Iconic Tate Gallery in the beautiful bay of Porthmeor. With its ever-changing galleries, featuring a variety of British artists and media if offers a truly fascinating day out.

The facilities are fantastic and include accessible car parking, wheelchair provision, permitted entrance for assistance dogs, cloakroom, toilets and baby change, provision and activities for disabled visitors, plentiful seating areas, café and shop.



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