Tate St Ives Festival

Winter Festival

Children's art activities at Tate St Ives

© Tate. Photo Kirstin Prisk

Celebrate the start of the festive season at Tate St Ives

Celebrate the season at Tate St Ives with pop-up talks, activities for families and special performances by many local choirs.




At the heart of the festival are local people singing together in the galleries.

11.00 – Cornwall Music Service Trust Combined Primary Schools Choir

11.30 - Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir

Early afternoon (between 13.00 - 15.00) – Sing Choir

14.00 - Cantiamo, an all-female choir from across Penwith. Their performance will include a new song Fall Leaves Fall.

16.00 – Tate St Ives Choir, formed by staff and volunteers

17.00 - Levow an Bys (World Voices), based in Penzance, enjoy singing beautiful harmony songs from around the world and closer to home. For the Winter Festival their programme will include new Dark Skies compositions as well as songs from Brazil, the Ukraine, Hawaii, South Africa and New Zealand.

The Dark Skies compositions were commissioned as part of the Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme curated by Mayes Creative, with support from Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, FEAST, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Tesco Bags of Help. As part of this project they commissioned choir leader Pip Wright to research and compose two new songs celebrating celestial navigation and the dark skies of West Penwith. The lyrics draw on the tales, knowledge and experiences shared by local singers and seafarers at community workshops. The resulting songs: Stella Maris and Dark Skies, Guiding Stars had their debut performance at the Sea Salts and Sail Festival in Mousehole in 2017.



A mix of Ten-Minute Talks and Collection Conversations (duration 20 mins) take place throughout the day, led by Tate staff and volunteers in the Modern Art and St Ives displays.

10.30 Ten Minute Talk: The Fisherman’s Farewell by Christopher Wood in Gallery 2

11.45 Collection Conversation: Riverbed by Bryan Wynter in Gallery 1

12.45 Collection Conversation: Azalea Garden : May 1956 by Patrick Heron in Gallery 4

15.45 Ten Minute talk: Rock Face by Barbara Hepworth in Gallery 8

16.45 Collection conversation: Black, White and Yellow by Terry Frost in Gallery 7

18.00 Ten Minute Talk: St Just by Peter Lanyon in Gallery 4


Taking place at 12.30, meet on Porthmeor Beach outside the Surf School

Join South West Creative Technology Network and Porthmeor Studio residency artists Joanna Mayes, Justin Wiggan and Astronomer Carolyn Kennett on a journey through our solar system. A walk along Porthmeor Beach, led by Kennett, will measure and mark out the relative distances of the planets from our Sun and share discoveries made by historic astronomers, including how they were able to work out the distances and sizes involved. Sound and image recordings made along the way will contribute to the Measuring The Universe project. This event is part of Mayes Creative's Measuring The Universe Project, supported by Arts Council England, Feast, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Porthmeor Patrons. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.




Create your own fabulous decorations out of our pile of recycled material and junk in the Clore Sky Studio.


Be the first to see In Colour, a new interactive light installation by artist Peter Hudson that will illuminate the building. Immerse yourself in coloured light selected by visitors’ interactions.


13.30 and 15.00

An informal singing workshop led by Musical Director and Composer Claire Ingleheart. Learn a festive song and enjoy singing with others. Open to all, no experience necessary. Workshops last approximately 20 minutes


Parking is free in St Ives on Saturday 30 November, the nearest to Tate St Ives are Barnoon and Porthmeor car parks.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
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Date & Time

30 November 2019 at 10.00–19.00