Experience St Ives from the artist’s perspective, and uncover the town’s heritage as an artists’ colony.
Ben Nicholson (1894–1982) was one of the most radical British artists of the twentieth century and has long been recognised as a leading exponent of the modern movement in Britain. Although best known for his abstract paintings and reliefs from the 1930s, Nicholson began his career as a figurative painter and developed a deep and enduring relationship with the English landscape. St Ives was a seminal influence on Nicholsons art, and his home for 19 years. He and his wife Barbara Hepworth became key figures in the development of the artists colony in the town.
This multimedia walking tour takes you through St Ives, connecting places and spaces in and around the town to Nicholson, his work and his life. It features an audio commentary alongside visual material including archival photographs, letters and artworks by Nicholson and his contemporaries in St Ives.
Hire an iPod Touch from the temporary Visitor Centre
£3 or free for those with admission tickets to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Hire an iPod Touch from the temporary Visitor Centre in Meadow Flats (next door to the gallery) and take the multimedia tour (limited availability). Please note that a security deposit will be required.
Subscribe and download for free
If you already have an iPod Touch, iPhone, or similar device, you can download the tour free of charge before your visit by following the links below.
- Walking tour map of St Ives [PDF, 213 Kb]
- Porthmeor Beach [MP4, 9.8 Mb]
- Wallis’s House [MP4, 12.9 Mb]
- Porthmeor Studios [MP4, 14.2 Mb]
- The Mariners Church [MP4, 6.8 Mb]
- Penwith Gallery [MP4, 2.5 Mb]
- Bethseda Place [MP4, 8.2 Mb]
- The Harbour [MP4, 8.5 Mb]
- St Ives Parish Church (St Eia) [MP4, 2.4 Mb]
- Trewyn Studio (The Barbara Hepworth Museum) [MP4, 4.0 Mb]
- Trezion, seen from Barnoon Terrace [MP4, 10.2 Mb]
- End of Barnoon Terrace – view of the top of Tate and the Island [MP4, 8.4 Mb]
- Wallis’s Grave [MP4, 6.2 Mb]
- Writer: Stephen Mollett
- Advisor/Consultant: Michael Bird
- Voice: Sam Booth
- Producer: Susan Lamb
- Digital Producer: Douglas McFarlane
Supported by Tate St Ives Members