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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

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.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


20 July 2020 – 31 December 2022


Includes the Ad Minoliti exhibition from 28 May 2022

  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting
  • Members and Locals Pass Holders enjoy free entry – no need to book, just turn up with your card.

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£7.50 / Free for Members

Concessions available

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Art on display

Artwork highlights