Tate St Ives Talk

St Ives: The Art and the Artists

Christopher Wood, ‘The Fisherman’s Farewell’ 1928
Christopher Wood, The Fisherman’s Farewell 1928. Tate

In depth look at the story of the St Ives artists with Director of the Holburne Museum, Chris Stephens

Join Chris Stephens in conversation with Sara Matson, Curator, Tate St Ives, about his book St Ives, The Art and the Artists, with an introduction by Anne Barlow Anne Barlow, Director, Tate St Ives.

The story of St Ives and artists who lived and worked there has captured the imagination of art lovers since it began. For twenty-five years the small town of St Ives was one of the leading places in the world for the production of avant-garde art. The community there spanned three generations and included such international figures as Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, as well as a number of the foremost artists in post-war Britain, including Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost and Roger Hilton. They found themselves contributing to the international search for art in the post-war world and they established a modernist practice that continues to influence today.

St Ives, The Art and the Artists is the product of decades of research by leading authority Chris Stephens and the definitive account of the modern art made in St Ives between the 1930s and the 1960s. Chris Stephens will be telling the story of this extraordinary artistic community and its legacy.


Chris Stephens is Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath. He was Curator, Modern British Art, Tate Britain from 2001 until 2017. He is author and editor of numerous titles.

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Date & Time

29 February 2020 at 15.00–16.30