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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

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

You can visit all or some of the galleries on this route. There is also access to toilets and changing facilities, and to the Tate St Ives shop and cafe.

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 exhibition Strange Attractors. Bringing together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting by Haegue Yang. Renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials, Yang's sculptures and installations often use industrially made objects, interwoven with labour-intensive and craft-based processes.

These processes reflect pagan cultures and their deep connection with various seasonal rituals in relation to natural phenomena. The context of St Ives, and the Cornish landscape and its ancient archaeological heritage are important points of inspiration.

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​
  • Follow the one-way route​
  • 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. ​

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

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit



For visits up to 26 September 2021 please book tickets for Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors

For visits from 16 October 2021 please book tickets for Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather

This collection route is included with both exhibitions


  • 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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Displays in this route

Artwork highlights