Patrick Heron, 'Harbour Window with Two Figures, St Ives: July 1950' 1950

Patrick Heron
Harbour Window with Two Figures, St Ives: July 1950 1950
Oil on board
support: 1219 x 1524 mm
Purchased 1980© The estate of Patrick Heron

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Building upon the legacy of the St Ives artist colony in Cornwall, the Centre at Tate St Ives aims to encourage research into the origins, activities and future of creative communities in Britain and elsewhere.

The principal focus will be visual arts practice, but the Centre also seeks to investigate the significance of past and present groupings that include other types of creative practitioners such as designers and writers. Themes include artist colonies, contemporary residency programmes, and temporary and virtual creative communities. The Centre will bring together researchers from many subject areas to further academic, practice-based and action research in this field. Key research strands include:

  • The history of the artist colony, in and beyond Cornwall, as a national and international phenomenon from the nineteenth century to the present day
  • The nature of contemporary artist communities, with a focus upon residencies at Tate St Ives, and comparative studies with national and international partners
  • The role of art institutions in relation to creativity in communities.

The Centre will host a series of workshops and seminar events, leading to conferences and publications. Its programme will involve collaboration with regional universities and partners, as well as the participation of institutions and individual scholars from all parts of the United Kingdom and abroad.


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For further information, please contact the Centre’s convenor, Susan Lamb, Head of Learning, Tate St Ives