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Look Groups are a fun way to meet people and talk about art

Look Groups are a fun way to meet new people and talk about art. Based on the idea of a book group, Look Groups are a network of informal groups throughout Cornwall whose members meet once a month to talk about art, artists and ideas. You don’t need to have any knowledge about art to get involved. Look Groups are friendly and open, and always happy to welcome new members.

The Look Group project is led by Tate St Ives, but each community runs its own group. Cornwall-based Look Groups enjoy regular visits to exhibitions at Tate St Ives, special Look Group events, offers and activities. Look Groups meet in their local communities using a wide range of venues, from local libraries and schools to artists’ studios and cafés.

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Everyone can contribute

Look Groups are led by their members. There’s no set way of doing things. Some groups only have discussions about art or artists, other groups sometimes use meetings for making art, and others go on outings to exhibitions and art events.

Each Look Group has their own way of organising their meetings. Some meetings might focus on a particular artist; others may discuss a particular idea or theme around art. Some groups are led by one person; others share the responsibility of organising meetings and staying in touch with the Assistant Learning Curator at Tate St Ives. Often, group members take it in turns to decide on a topic and to chair each meeting.

Every year, there is a Look Groups event at Tate St Ives. Look Groups from all over Cornwall come to Tate St Ives to see exhibitions, enjoy gallery talks, activities, and conversations about art.

More information

If you would like to join a Look Group, or start one in your area, please contact or download the Look Group Guide

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