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Modern Art and St Ives

© Rikard Österlund 

Explore the twentieth-century stories of modern artists and the town of St Ives

This one-way route guides you through the Modern Art and St Ives displays, taking in spectacular views out onto Porthmeor beach.

You can visit all or some of the galleries on this route, as long as you follow the one-way system designed to keep all visitors safe. There is also access to toilets and changing facilities, and to the Tate St Ives shop and cafe.

What you can see

Modern Art and St Ives explores the stories and histories of pioneering modern artists who are connected to St Ives. The first room is an introduction to some of the artists commonly associated with the town, such as Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis and Patrick Heron.

Adjoining rooms consider the national and international migration of artists and ideas that contributed to St Ives’s prominence as a centre for modern British art during the twentieth century. Works by Piet Mondrian, Eileen Agar and Pablo Picasso are displayed alongside artists who worked or lived in Cornwall including Marlow Moss, Peter Lanyon and Sandra Blow.

Further rooms connect St Ives with wider global ideas about modern art from the 1950s and beyond. These include the abstract sculptural forms that fascinated artists in Britain and abroad, from Mary Martin and Victor Pasmore to Lygia Clark and Gego. The final room considers the diverse ways in which painters broke new ground and offered new perspectives, including works by Pauline Boty, Mark Rothko and William Scott.

Modern Art and St Ives introduces the surprising networks of artists and the impacts of their work, revealing the global significance of this creative community that is still thriving today.

Artwork highlights

Dame Barbara Hepworth, ‘Image II’ 1960
Dame Barbara Hepworth
Image II 1960
© Bowness
Lubaina Himid, ‘Between the Two my Heart is Balanced’ 1991
Lubaina Himid
Between the Two my Heart is Balanced 1991
© Lubaina Himid
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, ‘Red Form’ 1954
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Red Form 1954
© Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust
Alfred Wallis, ‘The Blue Ship’ ?c.1934
Alfred Wallis
The Blue Ship ?c.1934
William Scott, ‘The Harbour’ 1952
William Scott
The Harbour 1952
In memory of William Scott, a partial gift of Robert Scott and partial loan from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of James Scott 2012
© reserved
Saloua Raouda Choucair, ‘Poem’ 1963–5
Saloua Raouda Choucair
Poem 1963–5
© Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


Visits from 28 September to 23 October will include the Modern Art and St Ives display only

Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors opens on 24 October and includes access to this collection route

Please note:
Galleries 5 and 6 are closed from 28 September 2020 for the installation of our next exhibition Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors, opening on 24 October 2020. At times, access to other galleries may be restricted between the 8 and 16 October. Call or email us for further details.
01736 796226

During this period, the collection route and ticket price have been adjusted to reflect this closure.


  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting
  • All visitors, including Members and Local's Pass holders, need to book a ticket

See Booking and Ticketing FAQs


  • Carefully managed visitor numbers
  • A one-way route through the exhibition spaces
  • Increased cleaning regimes in toilets and high use areas
  • Protective screens on desks and counters
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery
  • The cloakroom is closed so avoid bringing bulky coats or bags


  • Please follow all the safety instructions onsite
  • Keep your distance and act on any guidance our staff give you
  • Wear a face covering, unless you are exempt
  • Pay by card or contactless
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands regularly
  • If you are not feeling well, help keep everyone safe by staying at home

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

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