Tate St Ives Phase 2
Tate St Ives opened in 1993, on a spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach, marking the legacy of the St Ives Modernists, the artists who worked in the town during the mid twentieth century. Tate St Ives offers a lively and varied international exhibition programme with three major exhibitions each year. Exhibitions include major figures in British and international Modern and contemporary art.
The gallery and its programme attracts approximately 200,000 visitors a year and brings approximately £12m into the regional economy.
With the twentieth anniversary of Tate St Ives, the gallerys importance as a part of the nations cultural heritage is increasingly apparent and we want to build on these achievements as well as create a new offer for the twenty-first century through Tate St Ives Phase 2, a project which will refurbish and extend the gallery.
Tate St Ives Phase 2 has developed out of and been informed by close consultation with local residents and visitors to St Ives. This desire to see more of the Tate Collection in Cornwall, and a continued interest in the best of international modern and contemporary art. In addition it is clear that there is broad interest in our events and learning programmes.
Tate is now embarking on a programme of works which will see the creation of an extension doubling the current gallery space, as well as deliver new dedicated learning spaces and improved visitor facilities in the existing building.
Tate St Ives Phase 2 project: work begins 9 December 2013
On Monday 9 December, the construction company Mansell start work on the initial phase of excavation work for the Tate St Ives Phase 2 project. They will be digging out the blue Elvin granite and shale adjacent to the gallery, where the new extension will be. Whilst everything will be done to minimise the impact of the works, it will be noisy. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The excavation work is likely to take approximately nine weeks, with a two week break at Christmas, from 20 December 2013 to 5 January 2014 inclusive. Mansells working hours are 8.00am to 17.00pm, Monday to Friday. Updates on the progress of Tate St Ives Phase 2 will be posted on our website or on Facebook and Twitter.
The Phase 2 Programme Manager Andy Bruton is liaising with the contractor for Tate St Ives. If you have any concerns regarding the project, please do contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are information boards regarding the project in the Heron Mall of Tate St Ives.
The reason for Tate St Ives Phase 2
Expanding exhibition and display programme
Tate St Ives currently offers a world class programme of exhibitions and displays. However, with enhanced spaces the gallery could offer a greatly expanded programme without the temporary closure of exhibitions and display spaces.
Wide-reaching learning and community programme
Tate St Ives engages 37,000 visitors in public learning programmes annually, including school tours, teacher training, workshops for families and young people and sessions for hard to reach communities such as older people and people with disabilities. The temporary Courtyard space has demonstrated the value of a dedicated learning facility, but there is a need for improved Learning spaces.
Better facilities for visitors and staff
The gallery was designed for 70,000 visitors a year, so after 20 years of operation with 200,000 visitors annually, there is an urgent need for expansion to accommodate and look after our visitors.
In addition, the gallery employs a large pool of full time, part time and casual employees, volunteers, artist educators, young people from the local area as part of Tate Collective and community facilitators. We want to better support this team, expand it to include more internships and apprenticeships and build on our research into arts practice with residencies for visiting researchers and artists.