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 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.
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Explore the work of Barbara Hepworth through her home, studio and gardenReopening
Curator Chris Stephens spotlights the physical process and attention to detail behind Hepworth’s work
This film includes archival footage from an interview with the artist from 1973
Who Are They?
Find out all about Barbara Hepworth who created huge sculptures inspired by the natural world
Create a simple sculpture from a bar of soap!
Tate EtcBarbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures were photographed and filmed many times during her life, but it was the artist herself who played …
AddressBarbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Cornwall TR26 1AD
The gallery and museum are within walking distance of St Ives town centre and Porthmeor beach.
There are regular local bus services to and from St Ives.
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.
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.
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