The local museums and art galleries offer a fascinating insight into the story of Cornwall – from its people, the way they lived to the objects they left behind.
Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives features work by some of the most influential British artists of the 20th Century who lived and worked in the town including Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth - their work demonstrating the impact this small coastal town has had on the world of modern art. There is also an ever-changing programme of events and exhibitions that run throughout the year.
Barbara Hepworth Museum
Away from the bustling crowds of St Ives, you’ll find a tranquil oasis of art and nature at the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden. Just a few minutes away from it’s Tate St Ives counterpart, it offers a unique insight into the work and viewpoint of one of Britain’s most influential 20th Century artists.
Founded by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and many other prominent artists in the 1940’s, Penwith Gallery is nestled in the heart of St Ives and has been entwined in the lives of many Cornish artists; past and present. You’ll find an ever-changing programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year from leading artists living and working in Cornwall today.
The Minack is a unique open-air theatre carved into the cliffs at Porthcurno with views out to the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Created in the style of an open-air amphitheatre, the theatre was the life’s work of one woman, the late Rowena Cade. The Rowena Cade Exhibition tells the remarkable story of how a young girl, who enjoyed a privileged upbringing, grew up to build this world-renowned theatre with her own hands.