Tate St Ives Festival

Winter Festival 2021

Outdoor shot Tate St Ives building at dusk

Tate St Ives in Colour, light installation by Peter Hudson 2019 © Tate Photo by Kirstin Prisk

Celebrate the start of the festive season at Tate St Ives

Be the first to see a range of commissions and works launching this weekend including the 2021 Winter Light Commission AVIARY by artist Sammy Lee; KEMENETH, a new work by artist Adam James in collaboration with St Ives communities; and ARTIST ROOMS Sol LeWitt, a newly produced wall drawing in the iconic curved gallery.

Enjoy the exhibitions with pop-up talks, performance, and film alongside online experiences and immersive ‘augmented reality’ (AR) encounters around St Ives. This special programme is for all ages, including activities for families and young people.

Choir performances


At 11.30 enjoy beautiful harmony songs from around the world and closer to home by the Levow an Bys (meaning ‘World Voices’ in Cornish) choir. Directed by Pip Wright and based in Penzance.

At 15.00 listen to the St Ives Community Choir perform, who formed in 2004. Over the years they’ve raised many thousands of pounds for charities and gained popularity for their varied styles and genres across Cornwall and further afield.


At 15.00 listen to the St Ives Combined Chapels’ Carol Choir. Celebrated for many generations is a tradition for locally written carols to be sung around the town of St. Ives. These carols or 'curls' are sung in the English language but are known as Cornish Carols. Each chapel in the town once had its own Curl Choir but now they have combined to form the Combined Chapels' Cornish Carol Choir, popular with native locals who celebrate this as part of their heritage.

Both days

From 10.00–15.30 in the gallery loggia, hear the pre-recorded voices of the Cornwall Music Service Trust’s Youth Chamber Choir and local primary schools. Hear the Youth Chamber Choir under the Directorship of Christine Judge sing a selection of pieces, both sacred and secular, some seasonal and some less so, and listen for accompaniment on handbells played by the choir themselves. Primary school children from Mousehole, Trythall and Madron Daniel share songs they are currently preparing for forthcoming performances, some of which have been composed in their music sessions.

Immersive art in and out of the gallery

Explore the new immersive installation, The Improbable Meeting of Two Fictive Solutions to a Shared Problem by Adam James, as part of KEMENETH. Discover 'augmented reality’ (AR) sculptures at two sites around St Ives using a free app. Take a short walk to find The Inclusive Isolationist Society on The Island or venture up to St Ives Community Orchard and Nature Reserve to discover The Fiery Foraging Warriors.

Meet the artist Adam James and the Tate team on Saturday at The Orchard between 10.30–12.00, and at The Island between 14.00–15.30 (weather dependent). Drop by for support in using the app, a chance to meet the artist and an informal introduction to this new AR work in the public space. You can also take part in a special KEMENETH online larp (live action role play) workshop led by Adam James on Sunday afternoon. Advance booking is essential for this online event.


Saturday 13.00 and 18.00, Sunday 11.00 and 13.00

Join us for a new performance, I am the Colour Wilhelmina saw you in, by artist Alice Ellis-Bray and supported by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust. Weaving between Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's life, the environments she responded to and human experience; the spoken word becomes a trance like state to immerse you into a rhythmic portrayal of our interconnectedness with all things. Wilhelmina remembered people by their ‘colours’, the costume worn by Ellis-Bray has been made by abstract paintings to embrace personifying colour itself.


Enjoy short informal introductions to Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather and the newly launched ARTIST ROOMS: Sol LeWitt, led by the Tate team. When the sun goes down, experience the new Winter Light Commission AVIARY by artist Sammy Lee which projects flocks of computer-generated birds onto the domed ceiling of the loggia entrance space. Find out more about AVIARY at 16.30 on Saturday when artist Sammy Lee will give a short introduction to this new commission including the accompanying AVIARY 360° on YouTube, a sound work by Ebe Oke and Robert M.

Family art activities

We have a range of wintry doodle challenges to explore the galleries with. Pick up a Doodle Fest pack from our welcome desk when you arrive. Activities are aimed at families but everyone’s welcome to have a go.


Last chance to see Jenkin, Wallis and Watt: From sea to screen as part of Archive Lives, the Autumn film season. Watch archive and experimental films revealing the links between the sea and the screen in Cornwall. Please be aware Gallery 9 will be closed 11.15–12.15 and 14.45–15.45 on Saturday and from 14.45–15.45 on Sunday.

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:

Email visiting.stives@tate.org.uk

Call +44 (0)173 679 6226

Check all Tate St Ives accessibility information

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


27 November 2021 at 10.00–19.00

28 November 2021 at 10.00–16.20

  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting

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