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£1 entry all weekend at Tate St Ives to celebrate 5th birthday of new gallery

Posted in News by Lauren Webb on 3rd October 2022

As a thank you to the community and to celebrate five years since the opening of the new gallery, Tate St Ives has a special £1 admission all weekend on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2022, and is inviting everyone to enjoy a weekend of fantastic events, workshops, talks, performance, installations, and exhibitions.

Discover amazing artworks from the Tate collection with displays exploring 100 years of art, celebrating how West Cornwall has welcomed and inspired artists, and revealing new connections to artists around the world.

Hear artist Burçak Bingöl in conversation about her new ceramics exhibition inspired by her artist residency in St Ives; join in a Feminist School of Painting Workshop by Queer Cornwall; enjoy performances by the local Tate Collective Producers group as the 15 – 25-year-olds take over the gallery on Sunday afternoon, and families will love the activities and storytelling on Sunday morning.

Alongside the events programme, you can browse the shop and enjoy refreshments from the rooftop café bar and terrace.

Tate St Ives originally opened in 1993, designed by architects Evans and Shalev, and its huge popularity meant that in 2017 a major extension opened, designed by architect Jamie Fobert, with a new gallery sunk deep into the cliffs, offering twice as much space for visitors to see art.

Tate St Ives was always intended to showcase the much-loved artists who worked in and around St Ives – figures like Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo, Marlow Moss, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Winnifred Nicholson and Terry Frost and Alfred Wallis. The extension meant Tate St Ives could house beautiful displays drawn from the Tate Collection about St Ives and modern art, alongside an expanded major exhibition programme, and a wide range of programmes for young people, adults, families and schools, as well as public art projects that have been developed for, and with, the town of St Ives.




TALK: Artist Burçak Bingöl in conversation 

Join artist Burçak Bingöl in conversation with Tate St Ives Director, Anne Barlow as they talk about her new ceramics exhibition Minor Vibrations on Earth, inspired by a residency in St Ives 

WORKSHOP Feminist School of Painting Workshop 

Queer Kernow will be running a Feminist School of Painting workshop with artist Elliott Kenton, exploring concepts of the queer aesthetics movement. 


Families’ activities and storytelling

Make your own birthday-themed light-up badge and party streamer, become an art explorer with your special birthday passport, design and make a Zine and enjoy storytelling throughout the morning. 

Tate Collective Takeover 

Local young people take over Tate St Ives with workshops, performances and music produced by our Tate Collective Producers group. Relax and get cosy at our PJParty-themed takeover

Move and Draw 
Look out for our living sculptures as performers bring the artwork to life. Capture movement and sound in our playful, live drawing exercises. 

DJ Set by DJ Good Doggy 
Kate Merry (DJ Good Doggy)has over a decade of experience playing venues across the UK. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of just about every genre and band that has existed since 1900 and a particular penchant for 80s and 90s RnB and dancehall riddims. Hang out and enjoy the art and music.


Tate Collection displays  
Discover amazing artworks from the Tate collection. The Tate St Ives Tate Collection displays explore 100 years of art, celebrating how West Cornwall has welcomed & inspired artists, & revealing new connections to artists around the world. Discover many great artworks for the first time and see some of your favourites in a new light. See artworks by artists associated with St Ives and West Cornwall, such as Alfred Wallis, Marlow Moss, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Barbara Hepworth, Partou Zia and Margaret Mellis, alongside works by Pablo Picasso, Denzil Forrester, Eva Hesse, Pacita Abad, Piet Mondrian, Henry Moore, Veronica Ryan and Francis Bacon.


Ad Minoliti: Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush 

Argentinian artist Ad Minoliti has transformed the gallery at Tate St Ives into an imagined world promoting inclusive values and ideas for our society. Discover bold geometric paintings, furry sculptures and comfy beanbags. Spend time in the reflection areas, browse the library of queer and feminist zines, have a lounge on the beanbags and get creative with our colouring in books.

NEW: Minor Vibrations on Earth 

By artist Burçak Bingöl 
Opens Saturday 15 October 2022

Burçak Bingöl’s exhibition transforms the gallery into a kiln-like space filled with ceramic works. The artist draws on the rich ceramic history of her homeland of Turkey and her artist residency in St Ives.


By artist Prabhakar Pachpute

Artist Prabhakar Pachpute has created a spectacular mural installation and immersive environment considering the history of coalmining that has shaped the people and landscape of his home state of Maharashtra, India, and resonates with the mining heritage of Cornwall.

Artist Rooms: Sol LeWitt  

Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) revolutionised art in the 1960s, and this colourful paint installation by the American conceptual artist has been adapted for Tate St Ives to work with the architecture of the iconic sea-facing gallery. See it now in this unique space overlooking St Ives bay