Tate St Ives Festival

Winter Festival

© Tate. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth

Celebrate the start of the festive season at Tate St Ives

Enjoy FREE ENTRY to our Rebecca Warren exhibition and Modern Art and St Ives display, along with pop up talks, Christmas themed making activities, special film screenings and Christmas choirs singing in the new gallery. Including a special performance from the St Ives Combined Chapels Choir singing traditional Cornish carols, many unique to St Ives.


Local choirs performing:

  • 15.30 Cornwall Music Service Trust Combined Penwith Primary School Choir - over 60 children from Trythall, Nancledra, Crowan, Mousehole and St Mary's CE schools.
  • 16.00 Cornwall Youth Chamber choir
  • 16.30 St Ives Concert Band
  • 17.00 Phoenix Singers
  • 19.00 St Ives Combined Chapels Choir singing traditional Cornish carols, many unique to St Ives


  • St Ives Studio (Gallery 9), 17.00, duration 42 min 23 sec, single screening

    Recording of Your Actions are my Dreams, 2009 - Linder

  • Foyle Studio, duration 19 min 43 sec, looped

    A series of short films, dedicated to the night skies. As stars become more visible to us with the night’s drawing in, these selected films from contemporary artists focus on the increased presence and influence of the constellations over the winter season.

    Redshift, 2001, 4 min 5 sec – Emily Richardson

    Limit, 2017, 3 Min - Rachael Jones

    Elegy, 2017, 8 min 24 sec – Louis Rizzo-Naudi

    Lunar G, 2017, 3 min 24 sec – Rachael Allain

    Moon Walk, 2001, 50 sec – Greg Pope

    Find out more about the films being screened.


  • Look out for our 10 minute talks taking place throughout the evening in the Modern Art and St Ives display.

Talk: Why St Ives?

16.00 and 18.00 in the St Ives Studio (Gallery 9)

Many people ask how a Tate Gallery came to be in St Ives in the first place, and whose idea it was? 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of planning for the original gallery, which opened to the public in June 1993.

St Ives historian Janet Axten, who was a member of the original support and fund raising group (STAG), which helped promote the project, will share the story of how Tate St Ives began. This is a special opportunity to see how the plans for the gallery developed through the tireless enthusiasm of the local community and a number of pivotal people who, for their own individual reasons, gave their time and expertise to ensure that the work of those iconic 20th century artists who lived and worked in the town, could be viewed in the place in which it was originally created.


  • Get creative and make a special decoration or two for your Christmas tree. Inspired by the artworks on display and open to all.


  • Author of A Christmas in Cornwall, Craig Green, will be signing copies of his book and doing readings in our shop.
  • Mince pies and mulled wine in the café. Take advantage of the special offer for December and get a free glass of house wine with every main meal. Last orders at 19.30.

Winter Festival has been supported by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust.

Christmas at Tate St Ives

© Tate. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth

Christmas at Tate St Ives

© Tate. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth

Christmas at Tate St Ives

© Tate. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
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Date & Time

2 December 2017 at 15.00–20.00

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