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Tate St Ives

The Gallery occupies a spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach close to the home of Alfred Wallis and to the studios used by many of the artists whose works are exhibited.


 
The Gallery occupies a spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach close to the home of Alfred Wallis and to the studios used by many of the artists whose works are exhibited. It is designed to show works of art in the surroundings and atmosphere in which they were created.

The architects, Eldred Evans and David Shalev, were selected in a national architectural competition held in 1990. Designers of the award-winning Truro Law Courts, their plans for Tate St Ives were commended by both the Royal Fine Art Commission and by English Heritage.

The Gallery is a three storey building backing directly into the cliff face. The site is dramatic - it drops 50ft from cliff-top to beach and there are entrances to the Gallery at both levels. On the roof, as on the deck of a ship about to set sail, is the restaurant. From it the view extends over the rooftops of the town and its harbour, out to sea, along the horizon from Clodgy Point over St Ives Bay to the Godrevy Lighthouse.The focus of the building is a glazed rotunda, its form echoing the base of the demolished gas-holder which formerly occupied the site.

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Porthmeor Beach
St Ives - Cornwall
Cornwall
TR26 1TG
 
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Tel: 01736 796226
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