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Modern Conversations

a person stands to look at art in a gallery space


© Rikard Österlund 

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

Modern Conversations explores 100 years of art, celebrating how West Cornwall has welcomed and inspired artists and revealing new connections to artists from around the world.

The displays spotlight five key artists associated with the modern art networks of St Ives and West Cornwall: Alfred Wallis (1855–1942), Marlow Moss (1889–1958), Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975), Partou Zia (1958–2008) and Bob Law (1934–2004). Shown in dialogue with works by other 20th and 21st century artists from Cornwall and around the globe. The displays will unravel the stories and legacies of modern art in St Ives and beyond. Modern Conversations will exhibit painting, sculpture, ceramics, film, and photography side by side, spanning decades and continents.

Between the two halves of the collection display is the first UK museum solo exhibition for artist Petrit Halilaj. Halilaj's work investigates cultural identity, nationhood and heritage, and ideas of personal and collective memories and freedoms. Halilaj lives and works between Germany, Kosovo and Italy. His work encompasses sculpture, video, drawing and text, as well as traditional fabrics and materials.

Halilaj presents a powerful new work created for Tate St Ives. His installation revisits 38 childhood drawings that he made in Kukës II refugee camp in Albania during the Kosovo war (1998–99), when he was thirteen years old. Layering large-scale, hanging images throughout the gallery, Halilaj’s immersive environment combines the images that accompanied him during conflict.

There is one entrance to Tate St Ives from Porthmeor Beach. This has a ramp and a flight of steps with a handrail.

  • There is lift access and level access to most areas of the gallery
  • Accessible toilets are located on the third floor at Tate St Ives close to Gallery 6

To help plan your visit to Tate St Ives, have a look at our visual story. It includes photographs and information of what you can expect from a visit to the gallery.

For more information before your visit:

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Visitor numbers are being carefully managed. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas, protective screens on desks and counters and hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery. ​

​When you visit:​

  • Keep your distance from others​
  • Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt

​Most importantly, if you or anyone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home. ​

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Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit

Dates

Ongoing

You can access this collection with a Petrit Halilaj exhibition ticket

Pricing

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

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Art on display

Artwork highlights