Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.
Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios – now the Barbara Hepworth Museum – from 1949 until her death in 1975.
Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist’s work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980.
‘Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.’
Most of the bronzes are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them. The garden itself was laid out by Barbara Hepworth with help from a friend, the composer Priaulx Rainier.
More about Barbara Hepworth
Read about her relationship with photography and film
A film including archival footage from 1973
Find out why she was a truly international artist
A home movie of Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and the triplets
Simon Wallis’s essay on his relationship with Hepworth’s piece
Discuss the use of string in her sculptures
Hepworth's work is also on show in the Modern Art and St Ives display at Tate St Ives
The museum is closed for essential building maintenance until Spring 2018
AddressBarbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden Barnoon Hill
Cornwall TR26 1AD
The gallery and museum are within walking distance of St Ives town centre and Porthmeor beach.
There are daily National Express coach services from Victoria Coach Station, London. These services travel via Heathrow, Plymouth, Liskeard, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, St Ives and Penzance – stopping at most small towns en route.
There are regular local bus services to and from St Ives.
St Ives is a 15–20 minute drive from the A30. On reaching the town, follow the brown signs to Tate St Ives. Please be aware that parking in St Ives is limited.
A shuttle bus service runs throughout the year between the Trenwith Coach and Car Park and the town centre, which is a five minute walk from Tate St Ives. For details call St Ives Tourist Information on +44 (0)1736 796297.
A train park and ride service operates from St Erth and Lelant Saltings stations between the end of May and the end of September. Visitors using the service receive £1 off Tate St Ives admission.
The nearest airport is in Newquay, the regional commercial airport for Cornwall.