Following the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s first visit to St Ives last week, Arwen Fitch, Press and Communications Manager for Tate St Ives fills us in on what was an unforgettable day
On the morning of Friday 17th May large crowds gathered in St Ives to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their very first visit to the town. The sun shone and the sea shimmered with its distinctive (dare I say royal) blue hue as the Royal couple arrived at Tate St. Ives after a visit to the RNLI lifeboat station and seafront.
They were met by gallery Directors Mark Osterfield, Martin Clark, Caroline Collier and Tate Trustee Gareth Thomas, and greeted by singing from a choir of children at St Ives Junior School. Some of the youngest members of the Tate St Ives family were on hand too to present the couple with two posies.
Once inside, the Royal party were introduced to staff and the architects of the Phase 2 extension. They then visited the Tate St Ives Summer 2013 exhibition, viewing work by eight artists; Marlow Moss, RH Quaytman, Linder, Barbara Hepworth, Gareth Jones, Nick Relph, Patrick Heron and Allen Ruppersberg. Artists close to the gallery such as Anthony Frost and Luke Frost (the son and grandson of artist Terry Frost who both exhibited in the 2007 show Art Now Cornwall at Tate St. Ives), and members of the wider cultural community of Cornwall also met the Queen on her tour, as well as a really excited group from our Tate Collective who all got to shake her hand and were over the moon with delight!
The Queen also visited our café where she enjoyed the view over the old town and Porthmeor Beach. There was just such a great atmosphere as everyone enjoyed themselves, plus the sun stayed out so it all made for a jolly morning!