Tate St Ives Festival

Naum Gabo: The Last weekend with special guests

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

Join us as we celebrate the Naum Gabo exhibition in its closing weekend

Throughout the weekend there will be speakers from the fields of art, architecture, mathematics and surfing. Screenings include archive footage of Naum Gabo, courtesy of the BBC, and special readings and talks from Tate St Ives staff.

Naum Gabo was a resident of St Ives, his daughter, Nina, was born here and we’re delighted that as a part of the weekend she will be speaking with Radio 3’s Petroc Trewlawney on Saturday evening.

We will also be joined by Eva Franch i Gilabert, the first female Director of the Architectural Association, London. Eva will talk about her practice and career, and Gabo’s work in the exhibition.

Richard Paul will talk about the work of Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, along with the links in his film between mathematical models of the 1920s, experimental music, and the skills of a surfer. Paul looks at the transformation of materials and how our own experience influences their effect on us. Paul’s commissioned 3D film The Circle is a Sphere seen from Afar is on display in the St Ives Studio.

Each day there will be a commissioned performance by Alice Ellis-Bray based on the diaries of St Ives artist Wilhelmina Barns Graham.

With very special thanks to the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust for their support of the performance and to Janet Axten from the St Ives Archives Pop up making activities for young children Sunday throughout the galleries on Sunday.


Richard Paul

Richard Paul works with photography, 3D lenticular photographs and 3D video installation. He has an MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and MA in Aesthetics & Art Theory from Middlesex University.

Eva Franch i Gilabert

Eva Franch i Gilabert is an architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. She specializes in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures.

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