Free Tate St Ives Exhibition | Film

Film Screening The Barnes Brothers

Archive photo of John Barnes and Garlick Barnes buying a ticket at the ticket office in 1962.

John Barnes and Garlick Barnes buying a ticket at the ticket office of the Museum of Cinematography, taken at the time of the museum opening in 1962. Photo: Sam Bennetts © St Ives Archive

Watch The Barnes Brothers films depicting the fishing industry in St Ives and around the Cornish coast

Throughout October we will be screening two short films by The Barnes Brothers; Gem of the Cornish Riviera 1936 and Cornish Nets 1938. These 16mm black and white silent films depict aspects of the fishing industry in St Ives and around the Cornish coast. On their release they were commended by the Board of the Amateur Cine World.

John Barnes (1920–2008) and William ‘Bill’ Barnes (1920–2018) were twin brothers who began film making as teenagers. From a young age they showed an interest in life around them in the coastal and rural communities in Cornwall and Kent.

With kind thanks to St Ives Archive for image permission and research and Screen Archive South East who hold the original films and key aspects of the John and William Barnes Collection.

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Porthmeor Beach
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Daily at 10.00–16.00

1–31 October 2021


Free with ticket

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